You can be forgiven for momentarily thinking that the latest production from Disney’s adaptation maestro Jerry Bruckheimer might have come from a theme-park ride — no, that’s the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise — or that it's based on the wild escapades of an explorer trying to lay his hands on a magical artifact (a National Treasure, maybe).
No, this time Bruckheimer has set his sights on bringing a video game to life, and when you consider the source material (and Bruckheimer’s modus operandi), this is a perfect fit because there’s action galore and little or no need for character development.
Bruckheimer wisely brought in Mike Newell, the director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, to take the helm, which means that for all the zipping around, there’s the sense of a steady hand in control. I would say that it demands to be experienced on its own, but that’s far too strong an expression. The movie demands nothing at all. It plays out before your eyes, and when its over you walk briefly into the real world for sustenance before returning to some other simulated narrative, as the sands of time continue to slip away in the seemingly never-ending game of life. Grade: C