The crossover of video games into a film (or shows) has been a sore subject for both gamers and movie fans because it’s rarely successful. Supporters have had to keep their hopes low in order to be even a little bit satisfied by the results, but there are some entertaining films you can watch.
It’s mystifying, that translating video games into movies has proven so difficult, considering the best games usually rely on great stories. It might be that gamers are often used to driving the story, or that the filmmakers are not very familiar with the dynamic of the game, that makes it so hard, whatever it is there certainly a lot of improvement to be made.
Check out a few of the films that actually work in turning video games into cinema:
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
It has it all: Angelina Jolie, action and humor. This was truly a great adaptation of the game, it showed most of what fans wanted to see; fighting, adventures, a lot of jokes, and a nice twist. Jolie could have been a bit of gamble casting decision but she sells you the whole package, you end up believing she can do it all; excavate for relics, be back home in time to cash on the latest casino bonuses in UK, and charm all the bad guys.
The Resident Evil Franchise
This series of six films, some better than others, is one of the best-realized video games to film projects ever, not only is it a great representation of its genre, it also revitalized the zombie theme. Plus, it’s one of the pioneers of the female hero-centric narrative, making Milla Jovovich’s Alice the driving force behind it all.
Even though the story is a bit different from the actual video game, it’s only minimal changes and the films are entertaining, action-packed, also you actually care for the characters, definitely worth a watch.
Special mention also to the reboot version with Alicia Vikander, it doesn’t quite stand up to the original, but a great film in its genre.
One of the biggest classics in the video game movie genre, and one of the film industries’ first attempt to combine both. The visual effects are not really anything to die for, but the concept is executed to perfection: fights scenes are well done, acting is acceptable, and it’s just plain fun! A recommended watch for sure.
Sonic The Hedgehog
This one of the most recent video game movies on this list, so the graphic will surely impress you, but it also takes itself much less seriously than other gamer films. Its additionally one of the most family-friendly out there, Sonic The Hedgehog has the right amount of humor, heart, and silliness; it also has Jim Carrey and James Marsden. A great watch for a good time with the whole family.
Other Notable Mentions
Super Mario Bros (1993)
Street Fighter (1994)
These three movies are filled with good times, and action; the best part is they mostly stay true to the spirit of the original video games and didn’t try to make the films into something they are not; entertaining and light.