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Opinion
17/5/2019

Video Games into Movies: KO or OK?

Written by
David Walters

The not so subtle art of turning video games into movies has always been a minefield. Even if you manage to please the gamer purists, you might not appeal to the popcorn-munching masses.Look at Sonic the Hedgehog. There he was, speeding towards his big screen debut, but post-production had to slam on Sonic's breaks and slowly reverse back to the drawing board, as gamers made their opinions about some of the cinematic choices very clear.However, with Pokémon Detective Pikachu scoring an impressive opening weekend at the box office, has the film industry finally managed to appease the critics? Have they cracked the code?Let's have a look at how other video game into movie adaptations have faired in the past. From the great, to the downright rubbish.

HIGHLY RATED

Tomb Raider (2018)

A bit lacking in heart, but a solid effort.

TOMB RAIDER (2018) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Warcraft (2016)

It's no Lord of the Rings. What else can we say?

WARCRAFT (2016) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Silent Hill (2006)

Great atmospheric horror, one of the best.

Silent Hill (2006) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Resident Evil (2002)

Based on the hit video game series. The start of a roller-coaster ride of sequels.

Resident Evil (2002) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Need for Speed (2014)

Jessie Pinkman goes fast. Really fast.

Need for Speed (2014) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

An impressive box office debut means a sequel to this adaptation of the hit mobile game is hatching in August.

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (2016) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Rampage (2018)

The Rock's albino silverback gets supersized, things get smashed. Take it or leave it...

RAMPAGE (2018) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

Visually, this movie looked amazing, but my god, the plot is soooo dull.

FINAL FANTASY- THE SPIRITS WITHIN (2001) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot

SHOULD HAVE BEEN AMAZING

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)

"So if I push this button I can go back and try again?" So much potential.

PRINCE OF PERSIA- THE SANDS OF TIME (2010) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Doom (2005)

The Rock, again, but minus an ape and this time fighting aliens.

DOOM (2005) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Assassin's Creed (2016)

Hoodies running amuck in 15th Century Spain. Didn't quite hit the mark.

ASSASSIN'S CREED (2016) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Max Payne (2008)

I'd rather watch John Wick.

MAX PAYNE (2008) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Hitman (2007)

I'd still rather watch John Wick.

HITMAN (2007) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot

GUILTY PLEASURES

Street Fighter (1994)

Kylie Minogue with a bazooka, what more could the world want?!

STREET FIGHTER (1994) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Where it all began...

SUPER MARIO BROS. (1993) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Mortal Kombat (1995)

Excited for James Wan to have a crack at it once more later this year. The 1995 version left a lot to be desired.

MORTAL KOMBAT (1995) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)

Lara Croft/James Bond team up...what's not to love?

LARA CROFT - TOMB RAIDER (2001) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot

UWE BOLL PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM THE CAMERA

Alone In The Dark (2005)

Tara Reid took a step up with Sharknado.

ALONE IN THE DARK (2005) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006)

Having John Rhys-Davies in your movie does not make it Lord of the Rings

IN THE NAME OF THE KING- A DUNGEON SIEGE TALE (2006) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
Bloodrayne (2006)

Red Sonja meets Underworld...how can you mess that up?!

BLOODRAYNE (2006) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot
House Of The Dead (2003)

Just lobotomise me now.

HOUSE OF THE DEAD (2003) Video Game Movie Adaptation Screenshot

Trying to turn some of the most loved video games into movies is a brave undertaking. There’s a long list of our favourite games slated for the celluloid treatment in the next couple of years. Only time will tell if they hit the mark.Which gaming titles would you love to see transformed for the big screen?Like this post? Why not check out some of our others!

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