7.7/10
19,080
27 user 50 critic

Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 15 September 2012 (Taiwan)
Trailer
2:47 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A collection of short documentaries following the people and projects from Indie Game: The Movie in the years following that film's release.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Stars: Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish, Edmund McMillen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous.

Director: Brian Knappenberger
Stars: Anon2World, Anonyops, Julian Assange
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger
Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Would you go to war for peace? A war child's search for acceptance and a nation inundated in blood.

Director: Mrityunjay Devvrat
Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Victor Banerjee, Pavan Malhotra
Max Fortuna (2015)
Short | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

What price would you pay to be the man who beat roulette?

Director: Alessio Jim Della Valle
Stars: Maria Giovanna Arnoldi, Deborah Castiglioni, Gabriele Cocco
Get Lucky (2013)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Brothers Lucky and Raphael have always lived on the wrong side of the law. When a "job" goes very wrong and Lucky finds himself in debt to local heavies, Sebastian and Kramer, he is forced ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Bennett
Stars: Luke Treadaway, Emily Atack, Craig Fairbrass
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

In the aftermath of the infamous 'Essex Boys' Range Rover killings, a group of younger, flashier criminals emerge to fill the power vacuum.

Director: Greg Hall
Stars: Sam Strike, Josh Myers, Terry Stone
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

This film documents the transportation of 69 beautiful statues from the Louvre in Paris, to Galleria Borghese in Rome. The statues were meticulously transported all together for the first and last time for a great exhibition.

Director: Alessio Jim Della Valle
Stars: Gloria Antonelli, Danièle Braunstein, Anna Coliva
The EXpert (TV Series 2017)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the midst of processing a painful breakup with Jack (Clem McIntosh), Lauren (Jennifer Bareilles) becomes The EXpert, an internet'ing, live-stream'ing personality who accidentally creates... See full summary »

Stars: Jennifer Bareilles, Clem McIntosh, Christopher Theokas
Anuvahood (2011)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Kenneth (who likes to call himself Kay) begins to realise he's just another wannabe bad boy... even less than a loser in fact. After quitting his job at Laimsbury's, Kay vows to become a ... See full summary »

Directors: Adam Deacon, Daniel Toland
Stars: Adam Deacon, Femi Oyeniran, Ollie Barbieri
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Arjun (Anup Revanna) and his two friends make a living out of conning people for a few thousands and are quite good at it. When Arjun falls for a girl, he agrees to his friend's plan of ... See full summary »

Director: S. Narayan
Stars: Anoop Revanna, Ritiksha, Irfan
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

Director: Cullen Hoback
Stars: Max Schrems, Moby, Mark Zuckerberg
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jonathan Blow ... Himself
Brandon Boyer ... Himself
Renaud Bédard ... Himself
Anthony Carboni ... Himself
Ron Carmel ... Himself
Chris Dahlen ... Himself
... Himself
Gus Mastrapa ... Himself
Danielle McMillen ... Herself
Edmund McMillen ... Himself
Jamie Refenes ... Himself
Kim Refenes ... Herself
Tommy Refenes ... Himself
Ken Schachter ... Himself
Jamin Warren ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

15 September 2012 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Независимая игра: Кино  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 100,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Much is made in the movie of the protracted development of Fez (2012). The game did eventually get released on April 13, 2012. It received critical praise and is considered a commercial success. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy is mailing Microsoft, he's using a PC, but the full-screen pictures of the email client are of Apple Mail. See more »

Quotes

Edmund McMillen: My whole career has been me, trying to find new ways to communicate with people, because I desperately want to communicate with people, but I don't want the messy interaction of having to make friends and talk to people, because I probably don't like them.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Various game play video from other independent games not covered in the main movie are shown during the credits. See more »

Connections

Followed by Indie Game: Life After (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
While we enjoy playing them, do they enjoy making them?
20 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

One of the many reasons why Indie Game: The Movie is such a fascinating and riveting documentary is because it raises questions for gamers, aspiring creators, and even the most casual viewer to deeply, thoroughly contemplate. One in particular is while we have fun playing independently made games we find aimlessly scrolling through the Xbox Live Arcade, the Playstation Network, and WiiWare, we begin to wonder if the creators truly enjoy making them. Obviously, there's the pull-factor of showcasing creativity, genuinely original concepts, and sort of avoiding the shackles of mainstream gaming, but you may have to sacrifice your social identity, close friends, relationships, luxuries, etc and almost confine yourself to the life of a hermit.

The documentary takes the extreme and surprising route of showing the agony independent game designers face. Either they hit it big and are possibly excelled in the world of gaming, and have the ability to recoup all the luxuries they might've given up, or they can fade into dire, muddled obscurity, to never be heard from again. I experienced a very rare, unplanned depression while watching this film, but that feeling is moot compared to the fear and anxiety faced by these hard working engineers every single day. I'll be blunt and honest and say I could never put up with this. I'd be more paranoid than I am right now.

We follow the lives of four independent game designers, two whom work together, and they all have one seemingly simple goal that sounds fun to achieve; creating an independent game to sell on the Xbox Live Arcade. Two of the first people we meet are working on the video game, Super Meat Boy, an inventive and delightfully quirky platformer where you play as a plain brown square of meat and must navigate your way through fast-paced, adrenaline-testing levels that require much trial and error and a helluva lot more patience than I could probably possess. One of its many creative touches is how you must learn the control, and there are no menus or directions on how to do certain things. The game will test you with levels where pulling off a specific move is required. But you must figure that one out yourself.

The creators of this game are Edward McMillen and Tommy Refenes. These charismatic men make it very clear to the audience that they don't care if this game isn't what you want, as its job is to pay homage to the game they would've loved unconditionally as kids. It's the heart that counts.

Another man, the opinionated and intelligent, Pat Fish, is breathlessly trying to keep on keeping on with a game that he created years back that has remained in development hell ever since its debut at a gaming convention. The game is called Fez, and it is simple, effective entertainment, (much like the rest of these games) yet has a unique artistic approach to the platforming style as it is constructed out of painstakingly detailed Tetris-like blocks and its world continues to turn to the right a little bit every few seconds. Fish has been combating not an army, but a legion of internet users who have become slanderous and wholly impatient at the delay for the game, yet he is doing the best he can possibly do, after going through a parental divorce, a hazardous breakup, and many other dramatic life events.

The last game developer we follow is another opinionated man named Jonathan Blow, who is constructing his game called, Braid, another unique platformer game, boasting a "rewind" feature. After the surprise success of his game, he is still upset that many reviewers didn't see through his artistic vision, and because of it, he feels they didn't get the full enjoyment from the game, nor his special message for the players.

Indie Game wisely depicts the independent gaming world as a stressful cacophony of deadlines and time limits at the creators' expenses, and rather than the alleged barrel of lackadaisical fun and silliness I believe some of us believe the industry is bent on, shows the high levels of sweat, tears, and poignancy that plague the community itself. To see these men, tired, worn, and restless over a game they are unsure of is heartbreaking and it shows that even the most unique and visionary are some of the most vulnerable.

Much like the work of independent cinema, one of the perks to being free from the monopolizing industry, is the vast freedom of expression and strong limitless qualities one can possess. The similarities between the conventional and the independent in both film and gaming are not that far off, and the picture provided me with some insight on how the indie gaming world is far more bent on idealistic intentions and expressionism rather than just a rehashed sequel of a proved money-maker. The only week point I can find in this documentary is its lack of opinion on the mainstream gaming world. Repeatedly, these men mention what great disdain they have for the mainstream world of video games. Refenes even goes as far as saying it would "be hell" to work for a company like EA or Epic. Never do these opinions explode into more than just simple ranting.

With that being said, without hesitation do I recommend Indie Game: The Movie. It is one of the most touching and emotionally challenging films of the year, something I rarely say about documentaries. Its stern poignancy provides eye-opening levels of insight to people possibly wanting to get into the field and those wanting to go into the bigger field. Its characters are anything but dull, and have enough charisma and charm to fuel three films. I have yet to see a documentary as touching as this one.

View the full, more complete review on my website, http://stevethemovieman.proboards.com. Click "Steve's Reviews."


34 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed