Friday, December 15, 2017

Atari: Game Over (2014)

Director: Zak Penn

Composer: Stephen Endelman

Starring: Zak Penn, Joe Lewandowski, Robert Rentschler, Paul Sanchez, Manny Gerard, Nolan Bushnell, Seamus Blackley, Howard Scott Warshaw, Son Huffmon, Pat Magill, Mike Mika, Susie Galea, Andrew Reinhard, Raiford Guins, Ernest Cline, George R.R. Martin, Gary Whitta

More info: IMDb

Tagline: 32.886668 N, 105.967336 W

Plot: A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  I doubt it.

In short, what good there is in this documentary is the history of Atari up to the point the E.T. game came out and it's aftermath without touching on the consoles other than the 2600.  Hearing from the people that made that company and created the games was such a joy for this kid of the 70s and 80s who played on their machine like a fat kid loves cake.  I ate these portions up.  I really wasn't concerned much if the filmmakers were going to find the rumored dump spot where thousands of games might have been buried thirty years ago.  And I certainly didn't care about any of the people in the film that journeyed to AZ to find out.  A just over an hour long, I would've preferred two hours of an in-depth look into how Atari came to be and about everything they did without being bothered by the fluffy stuff at the landfill.  All of that said, video game fans, especially those who played on Ataris as a kid, should watch this.  About a half hour of it brings back a rush of memories.

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