Reviewer: Scott Rolfe Source:
Fly Over Entertainment
John Kent Harrison
John Kent Harrison
Titus Makin Jr., Dana De La Garza, Nathan Kress, Adam Cagley, Lea Thompson, Ric Reitz, Tom Nowicki
When industrious high school gamer Zach Taylor lands a prized scholarship to the prestigious Digital Institute of Game Design (DIGD), his future breaks wide open. The opportunity to study under gaming legend Marcus Bentton and alongside the country’s most creative minds will certainly propel him into a successful career as a video game designer. That is, if he can pass the infamous freshman project that eliminates more than half of the class within the first three months.
Paired with brilliant yet socially awkward teammates Phillip and Donald, the trio persuades Sara Ramirez – a determined and striking team leader with whom Zach has a history (and possibly a future) – to join their team. Working off-campus in the tech-heavy Lincoln Alley loft, the four set out to involve the entire campus in a quirky new social interactive game. But as the group becomes entrenched in the project, Zach learns that his father Billy, a widower, is facing growing financial woes at home. To help out, Zach accepts an opportunity to work directly with Marcus Bentton on a secretive side project that seems too good to be true. The effort requires nearly all of Zach’s time and energy, which he should be devoting to the project. Struggling to keep it together, Zach is torn between his responsibility to his team, his admiration for Bentton and a chance to help his father.
Everything comes to a breaking point when Zach’s team threatens to remove him from the group and the deceptive truth behind Bentton’s project comes to light. With the guidance of Professor Abbie Lambert, Zach must make a decision that not only affects his future, but the lives and livelihoods of the people around him as well. It’s a revealing story that recognizes the magnitude behind the choices we make and the importance loyalty plays in making good decisions.
"Game of Your Life" is a fast-paced movie about a young man who creates a video game based upon the choices people make in their everyday life. It is an enlightening movie that clearly demonstrates how each decision we make has an effect on those whose lives are intertwined with our own. Zach Taylor's creative mind conceives a game in which you can live out your real life choices again through an Avatar to see what would have happened had you chosen differently.
This film has an excellent message. Your choices have consequences--not only for you but for those whose lives you influence as well. The movie extols the values of friendship, selflessness, loyalty and trust. It also examines whether it is better to be a part of a team, or break the rules and venture out on one's own. We are pleased to award this latest film in the Family Movie Night collection our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages.