Stay Alive Anyone who says size doesn't matter never played a third-person shooter," notes a girl named October (Sophia Bush) in what passes for gamer wit in… Stay Alive Anyone who says size doesn't matter never played a third-person shooter," notes a girl named October (Sophia Bush) in what passes for gamer wit in… 2006-03-24 PG-13 PT85M Horror Jon Foster Frankie Muniz Sophia Bush Adam Goldberg Buena Vista Pictures Hollywood Pictures
Movie Review

Stay Alive (2006)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
MALCOLM ON THE LEFT Honestly, you'd be better off playing your Xbox with no TV
Image credit: STAY ALIVE: Rebecca M. Heunermund-Brennem
MALCOLM ON THE LEFT Honestly, you'd be better off playing your Xbox with no TV
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Release Date: Mar 24, 2006; Rated: PG-13; Length: 85 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Jon Foster and Frankie Muniz; Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures and Hollywood Pictures

Anyone who says size doesn't matter never played a third-person shooter,'' notes a girl named October (Sophia Bush) in what passes for gamer wit in Stay Alive, a teen horror show — featuring Frankie Muniz in an upside-down visor cap — that revolves around a Cruella De Vil type with shears who kills you in the real world when you die in her videogame. That's how it's supposed to work, anyway — but this dopey movie keeps flouting its own rules, so that one character who dies in the game gets to live, while poor suckers get offed for real even though we never saw their Game Overs. Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve?

Originally posted Mar 29, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints