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Looking in to the best of games that are movies from the finding from GamerDaters, I have been to compose this list of most memorable movies based off of video games. Let me know what you think or if anything is missing from the list in the comment!
Prince of Persia
Let's get this out of the way right now; as far as films that are based on video games are concerned, the newly released Prince of Persia is at the very top of the pile. Jerry Bruckheimer's sand, sorcery and swordplay blockbuster may be disposable popcorn fare, but at least it's highly watchable popcorn fare. It's fun, it doesn't take itself too seriously and it even manages to convey what made the games so enjoyable without copying them wholesale.
Until Prince Of Persia blew into town, this lumpy adaptation of Konami's premier horror title led the pack by a country mile. However, unlike Bruckheimer's film, Silent Hill takes liberties with its game franchise's mythos and ends on around five minutes of rubbish exposition. The fact that it completely missed the cerebral side to its source material and instead ramped up the gore didn't do it any favors either.
Hitman isn't a very good film. It's humorless. It's bleak. It feels like it takes a small age to sit through, probably because it uses too much slow motion in an attempt to look stylish. However, in Timothy Olyphant, Hitman at least has a lead actor that does justice to the source material. For most of the film, Olyphant has the stoic pragmatism of Agent 47 down cold. Like the hired killer from Eidos's fantastic stealth series, he exudes equal parts cold professionalism and hard-hearten menace and his piercing gaze looks like it could bore a hole straight through you.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
The first film starring Angelina Jolie as the most famous female character in gaming is utterly silly and yet quite unforgettable. However, it deserves praise for two things; first, Jolie is the perfect choice to play Croft. Not only does she nail the lithe athleticism and rapier wit of the Tomb Raider protagonist, she's equal parts brains, brawn and raw sex appeal. Jolie is so good at playing Croft it's almost impossible to imagine anyone else doing a better job with the role. Second, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider raised the profile of Daniel Craig in Hollywood and sent him on his way to becoming the best James Bond in twenty years - and for that we should all be grateful.
While it's not exactly what you call a good film, or even a decent one, we have to own up to possessing a small soft spot for Paul W.S. Anderson's schlock horror flick. The story is pure rubbish, but the mood succeeds in playing on the viewers' nerves successfully. It's genuinely creepy in parts and some of the monsters are flat-out gruesome. We understand if most of our readers would dismiss this film out of hand. As for the rest of you, file this under guilty pleasure. And tell no one.
As a video game Max Payne was an amazing package. Remedy's shooter took the best of Hong-Kong action flicks and hard-boiled action clichés and wrapped them in a story that recycled them all to hilarious effect. It was the perfect mix of stylish shooter action and knowing satire and at the time of its release, its bullet-time gun play made it a ground-breaking piece of entertainment. By the time the film came out, bullet-time had been used by every second film coming out of Hollywood so on screen it just looked derivative. Not only that, but Max Payne made the terrible mistake of taking itself too seriously. Come on guys, the clue was in the title.
Okay, here's the thing – the hate for the Street Fighter movie has got to stop. Commonly brought up in many 'worst video game movies' lists, Street Fighter: The Movie actually deserves to be recognized as one of the most entertaining video game adaptations of all time. Sure, as a representation of what the Street Fighter franchise stands for, it's an utter failure, but as a comedic martial arts adventure movie in its own right, it's a camp classic.
Never once is the movie boring. Jean-Claude Van Damme's portrayal of Guile is downright hilarious, with his rousing speech to his troops being a particular highlight. Also, the casting of Andrew Bryniarski as Zangief was a divine moment of inspiration that needs to be congratulated. It was also Raul Julia's final performance, and while that might strike many of you as a lame ending to a remarkable career, he clearly had a lot of fun with the role, despite being noticeably sick in many of his scenes.
While this film is probably not as good as you remember it, Mortal Kombat is nevertheless a respectful adaptation of the violent fighting game series that absolutely nails the game's premise and (most of) its characters. Director Paul W.S. Anderson gave MK fans exactly what they wanted – a tournament setting where their favorite characters could fight to the death. Featuring an absolutely wonderful techno soundtrack, memorable fight scenes and some of the most dated '90s effects this side of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie, the movie is about as good as a PG-13 Mortal Kombat adaptation could ever hope to be.
In The Name Of The King
How Uwe Boll managed to get Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Leelee Sobieski, and Burt Reynolds to star in In The Name of the King is as much a mystery as how he got a $60 million budget. Statham plays Farmer, who must save his wife, child and all of the kingdom of Ehb from an evil wizard (Liotta) trying to overthrow the king (Reynolds). Ultimately more of a rip-off of The Lord of the Rings trilogy than an adaptation of the Dungeon Siege games on which it is theoretically based, In the Name of the King was a box office bomb, keeping Boll's track record firmly intact.
Dead Or Alive
We were expecting gratuitous examples of the most nubile female forms imaginable, plus a token beach ball scene with which to display them. And some acrobatic physical altercations wherein we might catch a glimpse of some underwear. Yes, that’ll do.
To be fair, we actually got pretty much exactly what we asked for - this cheese-fest boasts a rotisserie of top-shelf tail like Jaime Pressly, Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Natassia Malthe and Holly Valance going the biff in super-skimpy outfits. At some stage, they even play sweaty beach ball for no reason whatsoever. We can only assume this was included because, as a film, it’s painfully shit.
While admittedly not actually released yet, this is such a big film we thought that it was to big of a film to ignore. Currently, the film is slated for release on June 10, 2016, two days less than a year after this year’s box office breaking Jurassic Park, so that much is true. As to whether or not Jones and Co. have done something right, however, that remains to be seen. When Jones revealed the SDCC footage to a packed crowd of almost 7k at the San Diego Comic-Con, the cheers were definitely divided. For fans of the franchise, the footage revealed plenty of treats but for those unfamiliar with the games, the footage was less than impressive.
The film contains almost pure CGI but rather than using artists and techniques of, say, Disney caliber (you DID watch that Jungle Book trailer, right?), the animation seems to be drawn directly from the video game franchise which, while interesting for those who play the games, doesn’t quite live up to the expectations of audiences that are hoping for a better experience. Of course, that was all back in July, which, at the time, gave Jones almost a full year to continue to work on it, so perhaps the final product will be more appealing. We can only hope.