BEST VIDEO GAME MOVIES
I'm talking about movies that are adaptations of video games and have the same title as a game. Despite the billions of dollars that video games make big screen real budget adaptations are few and far between.
- •Double DragonThe less said the better. 2 brothers try to defeat a villain with a magic amulet or something and the fate of the world rests in the balance i guess.. If not for the marquee name this would have gone straight to video .Ugggggh
- •DoomAn absolute disaster. Doom and Doom 2 in the early 90's set the tone for every first person shooter since and essentially started a genre (yes wolfenstein 3d was first). Of course there wasn't much of a story - distress call from a base on a faraway planet summons our hero who proceeds to murder every alien in sight. The Rock is wasted here as a hero who becomes possessed and starts murdering his friends. No fun in sight, just lots of dark corners and screams.
- •Super Mario BrothersI can see how they pitched this one: lets take one of the most popular games in the world with a hero (Mario) and villains like Koopa that are near ubiquituous and turn it into some sort of futuristic hellscape that has nothing to do with the game at all. Producer: I love it! Let's get ready to print money!
- •Resident EvilYes i know there were like 5 of these things but lets pretend there was only one. They were all the same! Go ahead try to remember something about one of them except milla jovovich shooting something...i dare you! Nothing? Thats what i thought. Resident Evil the movie is a joyless amalgamation of various storylines from the popular video game series about killing zombies.
- •Street FighterUggh. I was a huge fan of the video games and the anime's but this monstrosity starring Jean Claude Van Damme was to quote a much better 90's movie "nothing but trouble". Tragically this was the last starring role for acclaimed actor Raul Julia (kiss of the spider woman) who played cartoonish villain M. Bison and camped it up in one of the few bright spots of this ensemble nightmare that was stuffed with characters and boring fight scenes.
- •Final Fantasy: The Spirits WithinThis should have been so easy. Nearly every final fantasy game starred a spiky haired protagonist who was kind of the chosen one and he had to go on a quest to save the planet usually against unstoppable odds. The movie takes an entirely different and far more esoteric path leading us on painfully slow voyage in a world where humans are taken over by phantoms who want to absorb the spirit energy (gaia) of the world and they have to be stopped. If you thought that was boring, you are correct.
- •Prince of PersiaI remember almost nothing about this Bruckheimer joint and I saw it in theaters. It's starring Jake Gyllenhaal and he jumps off things and he uses his sword and there's a damsel in distress because of course there is. I think there's a villain or something. Jesus don't see this movie.
- •Max PayneA very interesting effort. Mark Wahlberg headlines this film which desparately tries to be a cross between a Chow-Yun Fat movie mixed with some fantastical elements that remind me of Big Trouble in Little China and Blade. Tough guys, hot girls, wierd enemies, guns blazing, what's not to love?
- •Mortal KombatMortal Kombat!!! This was the first and only video game movie I was excited about and it actually didn't let me down. Each character from Johnny Cage to Sonya got a chance to shine. The fight scenes were crisp, imaginative and well choreographed and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa stole the show as the ultimate embodiment of evil Shang Tsung. The pulse pounding techno soundtrack captured the cultural zeitgeist for a brief moment coming at a time when Moby and the Chemical Brothers were cresting
- •Tomb RaiderHands down the best video game movie ever made. Let's be honest, Angelina Jolie can do no wrong. She is amazing and you can't take your eyes off her! A kooky otherwordly plot that seems cobbled together from Indiana Jones comics and a few viewings of National Treasure is pure candy mashing popcorn eating adrenaline. At least i think thats what Roger Ebert would call it. Enjoy it video game fans and let this wash away the memory of all those wretched Uwe Boll movies