Replay (2006) – By Brian Morton

 Remember when TV used to be the opiate of the masses, well, that’s changed, now videogames are the mental sedative of choice for the masses. It seems that each game is bigger, better and bloodier than the last, and now, even the Army is using video games to attract new recruits, it’s becoming a gamers world. That’s (sort of) the theme of the movie, Replay.

Replay is about two girls who like to play games, when one of them swipes a game that is actually a military tool, from her father, the game gets a little too real. But, we’re not sure if the game is bleeding through to reality or if it’s somehow affecting the players’ minds, it’s all up to us, the humble viewer. Replay is only a short, but I was wishing for just a little more, and since in the credits it’s called ‘chapter 1’, I hope that the story continues. The effects are great, and it’s rare for a low budget movie like this to include cgi, but Replay does and does it well. Ramiro Hernandez has made a short that is a great entry to a larger universe, I’d love to see Replay made as a feature! Is the military controlling people minds, is the game actually following people out into the real world, or is something more insidious going on? I’d love to have the answers to those questions, and hopefully Ramiro will eventually provide them.

Replay is only a short, but it’s well worth your time, it looks great, the acting is superb and the story is riveting, it’s all the things those movies based on real videogames wish they were. If you’d like to check Replay out for yourself, head over to Fandango Pictures and get it for yourself. Whether you’re a gamer or not, this movie will leave you wanting more. So, until next time, when I’ll reminisce about the video games I used to play, it was the cutting edge of technology, you may have heard of it, a little game called pong. Until then, remember that the best movies are bad movies.