Video Games into Movies: KO or OK?
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.
Tomb Raider (2018)
A bit lacking in heart, but a solid effort.
It's no Lord of the Rings. What else can we say?
Silent Hill (2006)
Great atmospheric horror, one of the best.
Resident Evil (2002)
Based on the hit video game series. The start of a roller-coaster ride of sequels.
Need for Speed (2014)
Jessie Pinkman goes fast. Really fast.
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 Rock's albino silverback gets supersized, things get smashed. Take it or leave it...
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Visually, this movie looked amazing, but my god, the plot is soooo dull.
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.
The Rock, again, but minus an ape and this time fighting aliens.
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Hoodies running amuck in 15th Century Spain. Didn't quite hit the mark.
Max Payne (2008)
I'd rather watch John Wick.
I'd still rather watch John Wick.
Street Fighter (1994)
Kylie Minogue with a bazooka, what more could the world want?!
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Where it all began...
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.
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001)
Lara Croft/James Bond team up...what's not to love?
UWE BOLL PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM THE CAMERA
Alone In The Dark (2005)
Tara Reid took a step up with Sharknado.
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
Red Sonja meets Underworld...how can you mess that up?!
House Of The Dead (2003)
Just lobotomise me now.
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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