Don Shanahan reviews “Level Up” playing Friday at Facets Cinematheque for Every Movie Has a Lesson


As a clever and unusual experiment, “Level Up” maintains a sobering edge of straight-faced menace.  Set to the electronica of the British musical duo Plaid, any sense of humor is present purely as a WTF moment of reminder of this scenario’s gonzo craziness.  Targeting the metaphor of video game violence, once the clues bear fruit and darker confrontations ensue, “Level Up” earns your twisted interest and delivers on its high-concept potential with an adequate amount of thrill.  The film is getting a one-off screening at Facets Cinematheque in Chicago on August 26 before landing on VOD platforms on September 26.


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