STAY ALIVE: Rebecca M. Heunermund-Brennem
Gregory Kirschling
March 29, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Stay Alive

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/24/06
performer
Jon Foster, Frankie Muniz, Sophia Bush, Adam Goldberg
director
William Brent Bell
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures, Hollywood Pictures
author
William Brent Bell
genre
Horror

We gave it an D-

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?

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