Let’s take a moment and think about the last time you saw a good video game based movie. Seriously, take a second and try to recall the last one. This list can wait for a minute.
Done? You probably settled on Resident Evil, or maybe Prince of Persia if you’re brave. But this really begs the question: why do video game based films suck so much? Does it have something to do with gameplay mechanics not translating well into film? Or maybe something is lost from the story once a player is no longer in control. Regardless of the reasons, gaming films have a pretty awful history, with hardly any shining moments. In fact, I would argue that one of the best video game movies is one that isn’t based on a game at all: Wreck-it Ralph. But there is a huge list of upcoming VG films, including Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six, Hitman, and Angry Birds, among others. So we’re taking the time to consider what video games would make interesting movies, while trying to avoid obvious choices and juvenile fanboyism by shouting out “Call of Duty movie!” I’ll try to avoid spoilers as much as possible, but if you haven’t played these games, there will be some.
10. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Previously we looked at six Star Wars spin-offs that would be pretty epic, and a movie based on The Force Unleashed was pretty close to the top of our list. Unleashed takes place in between the timeline of Episodes III and IV, and the plot centers around Starkiller (not to be confused with Starlord), an apprentice of Darth Vader. Although Starkiller is trained in the Dark Side of the Force, he eventually discovers and joins Senator Organa, Leia, and others in the rebellion against the Empire, and plays a pivotal role in the events leading up to A New Hope.
A movie based on Unleashed just makes sense, considering the expanded universe that Disney is creating for the series. The story is a great one, and includes a lot of characters that Star Wars fans are already used to. A young, rising star like Dylan O’Brien could definitely handle the role of Starkiller, not to mention he totally looks just like the character. Starkiller is a complex and interesting guy, and his feelings and intentions are deep, but not easy to discern. He is also master swordsman (lightsabersman?) and expert close-quarters combatant, and is definitely capable of carrying a stand-alone film on his shoulders.