We have all thought it at some point whilst playing our favourite video game, 'They should make a film of this, it would be awesome!' Low and behold, they do, and when they put your beloved pixels onto celluloid, things normally take a turn for the worse, as in tragically worse; not awesome in any shape for form. Usual criticisms are that the plot is stupid, the acting is awful, and SFX is cheap and most importantly, many of the highlights from the game are missing altogether! There are a few exceptions, and some are only good because they are so cheesy, but still enjoyable enough. I have picked out my best 5 and worst 5, but believe me the latter could have been a list a lot, lot longer.
Top 5 Best Video Game Films
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#4 Resident Evil - Milla Jonovich, a good argument on it's own to watch and like this film. However other reasons include some tense scary bits, bloodthirsty action and many similarities and prompts lifted from the first two games, such as the T-Virus, Umbrella and Raccoon City. It's a shame the entire character roster has changed and the original plot has been mostly ignored, so no Chris, Claire or Jill, or even Wesker, which does suck somewhat. Gory entertainment faithful to the basics of the game in many respects though.
#3 Wreck-it Ralph - Not strictly based off any particular game, this pulls inspiration from many classic and famous titles such as Rampage, Mario Kart and Halo, and using real known characters plus a few originals to hinge the story around, creates a whole brilliant and subversive universe out of video gaming. Ideal for the family in all respects, and retro gamers will be wallowing in nostalgia at the multitude of past gaming greats. It's also of the highest quality animation and voice acting, and has a fine humorous and heartening story too. A great film.
#2 Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie - This is what the Street Fighter die-hard's wanted, and they got it thanks to those clever people from the rising sun! Every character from the game has screen time, although not evenly, and all portrayed as they should be, faithful to the game immensely Obviously the focus is around Ryu and Bison, and this is what we wanted to see created from the most famous and memorable fighting game. With the slick style of a typical quality anime, great fight sequences, a plot relevant to the game and that 'pee your pants' factor when a special move is performed, it pays homage to SF2 in all aspects. A far cry away from the utter dirge of the live action flick. (See worst 5!)
|Tifa's hay-fever attack had caught Cloud unawares|
Top 5 Worst Video Game Films
#5 Doom - The most infamous and influential FPS of the nineties made into an infamously shoddy film. With a very slim grip of the game's plot in places, a cast of wooden statues and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson flexing his newly formed acting muscles; liberal use of the fake claret splashed around was the order of the day. Some of the effects are not altogether bad, but It's hard to follow what is exactly going on or too keep any sustained interest. You may as well get a mate round to play Doom while you watch on twiddling your thumbs, giving a backseat sofa commentary. That would be more entertaining and fulfilling.
#4 DOA: Dead or Alive - The only reason why this was made was to show off a bountiful array of pretty women having a cat-fight. A couple of blokes are chucked in to please the few girls that actually watched this as well. The game itself was a fairly good 3D Beat 'em up, nothing special save for the able cleavages and derrieres of the female fighters. Nice to look at certainly, but thin on plot, thin on dialogue, thin on everything apart from the fine form of Holly Valance. Yes, this was one of her few acting roles after Aussie soap Neighbours, and she made another video game acting entry by starring on C & C Red Alert 3. Who knew?
#3 Super Mario Bros - From 'The Long Good Friday' to 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', Bob Hoskins has a few good movies in his CV, this is NOT one of them. Marred with many issues too long to list, it is quite honestly an embarrassment to the fine Mario game franchise, with a haphazard plot and fundamental changes to the ethos which made Mario the hero he is. I mean, King Koopa is a human?? Goomba's walk around like zombies? The only tiny saving grace of this film is the numerous name-drops of some of the background characters of the games, such as Iggy Koopa. A massive flop with a stella cast whom all have banished this as a big mistake in their respective careers. Ugh!
#2 Street Fighter - I have a lot of anger towards this travesty of the video game movie. Firstly, it's a shocking film for a fine actor like Raúl Juliá to go out on; he sadly died soon after. He does however put in a good stint as M Bison, but that really is the only redeeming quality of this mess of a film. Van Damme's movies are usually throwaway smack-a-bouts that can be enjoyable, but this didn't even get that right, with poorly choreographed fights and even worst in-fight acting. Worse still, nearly every personality and character trait is radically changed from the game, leaving it completely unfaithful to it's source. Balrog is a cameraman, Dhalsim is a scientist. Ryu and Ken? Yep, they are con-men! A complete load of monkey droppings! The best part of this film is the end, as it not only marks the finish of this turd of a movie, but the characters all freeze in their game poses. There is only one video game film more crap than this....
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There it is - 10 video game films, some good, some bad. Next in line for the A to Z challenge Novabug treatment is sports video games. How does that fit in with the letter G? If you will be so kind as to drop in tomorrow, you will find out won't you?