8 Video Game Movies You Can Safely Avoid

8 Video Game Movies You Can Safely Avoid

If you must watch a movie based on a video game, make sure it's not one of these eight.

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I have to disagree with Doom. It's probably the best video game to movie adaptation in existence. Unless you are just going with all video game movies can safely be avoided. And Street Fighter has an odd campy charm to it. I can totally agree with the rest of the list.

COMaestro:
I have to disagree with Doom. It's probably the best video game to movie adaptation in existence. Unless you are just going with all video game movies can safely be avoided. And Street Fighter has an odd campy charm to it. I can totally agree with the rest of the list.

The thing that killed me about that movie was the whole "genetic experiments" instead of "demons from Hell". They failed to stay true to the game and that was a letdown.

I'm glad Resident Evil wasn't on the list (well, except for maybe the third one). Yeah, those movies are bad, but they're also enjoyable and at least try to bring in parts of the game.

Anyway, I've never seen most of these movies. I vaguely remember Super Mario Bros. and remember thinking, "But where are the koopa troopers?" when I was little, so yeah...not impressed with that movie.

I saw Doom in theaters, and while it was pretty bad, it wasn't terribly painful for me. I actually thought the First Person part of the film was pretty cool, although I would not want to watch the whole thing that way. I still say it should have ended with them coming out of the elevator and coming face-to-face with armed men and then it cuts to black. Would have been a proper Doom ending in my opinion.

Ah, Street Fighter. Why did no one ever use their special moves? I wanted to see people throwing fireballs out of their hands. Why can't fighting movies do that?

I remember when I caught the first five minutes of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. I was like, "Cool, they made a sequel. I wonder if--wait, what?! Did...did they just kill Cage? Just like that?" Never watched the rest of the movie because that was such a red flag that I was done with it.

COMaestro:
I have to disagree with Doom. It's probably the best video game to movie adaptation in existence. Unless you are just going with all video game movies can safely be avoided. And Street Fighter has an odd campy charm to it. I can totally agree with the rest of the list.

Really? I'd have to say the Prince of Persia movie, or the second Tomb Raider movie for my favorite video game movie, I guess. None of them are stellar. I just thought Doom was a disaster. It was hard to sit through, and that goofy first person section at the end was just the last straw.

ffronw:

COMaestro:
I have to disagree with Doom. It's probably the best video game to movie adaptation in existence. Unless you are just going with all video game movies can safely be avoided. And Street Fighter has an odd campy charm to it. I can totally agree with the rest of the list.

Really? I'd have to say the Prince of Persia movie, or the second Tomb Raider movie for my favorite video game movie, I guess. None of them are stellar. I just thought Doom was a disaster. It was hard to sit through, and that goofy first person section at the end was just the last straw.

I totally forgot about the Prince of Persia movie, though I've never seen it and can't judge it in any case. I didn't care for the first Tomb Raider movie, so I never saw the second one to be able to comment on it either. To add to that, I never cared all that much for Doom the video game. It was okay, but kinda nonsensical, so I think the movie worked with that for me.

Sniper Team 4's post made me remember that the second Resident Evil movie was pretty enjoyable too. Didn't care for the others, but the second one worked. So the second RE movie might top Doom in my video game movie list, but these still aren't necessarily "good" movies.

I disagree with Street Fighter. Street Fighter was hugely entertaining, if only for Raul Julia as Bison.

ffronw:
"Unfortunately, it's like watching someone else play your game on your computer. We all know that's no fun at all."

Have you heard of this thing called a "Let's Play"? I heard they are pretty popular.

Kurt Cristal:

Have you heard of this thing called a "Let's Play"? I heard they are pretty popular.

Ah, I see. My meaning was a bit ambiguous. I meant it's like watching a friend come over to your house, sit down at your PC, and proceed to play your games all night, while all you can do is watch.

Let's Play videos can certainly be entertaining.

ffronw:

Kurt Cristal:

Have you heard of this thing called a "Let's Play"? I heard they are pretty popular.

Ah, I see. My meaning was a bit ambiguous. I meant it's like watching a friend come over to your house, sit down at your PC, and proceed to play your games all night, while all you can do is watch.

Let's Play videos can certainly be entertaining.

What if you're really bad at the video game and called your friend over to play it because its too hard, and you sit there amazed at his skills at the game? :)

I hope you mean Sir Ben Kingsley, and Freddy Prinze Jr? ;)

Also... Doom? Really? That wasn't that bad! I enjoyed the 1st person bit... it was brief, and it was a homage to the origin of the movie... although the story was different enough that it didn't feel like a film of the original games!

I am also glad (as Sniper Team 4 above) that Resident Evil wasn't on the list... They are cheesy as fuck, but hell I love them! The last one (if you can believe the title) is coming out this year, and I am organising a band of people to watch the original 6 with me before it come out! Hopefully, it is as good as 2!

Instead of Doom... what about DOA? (Dead or Alive?) or Postal... or were they too bad to grace the list?

I am also glad that Hitman, Max Payne, Silent Hill, Prince of Persia and Final Fantasy didn't make it, as they were at least relatively enjoyable!

Not a badly done list, although mine would be much easier: ANYTHING done by Uwe Boll, boom, there you go. No need to put yourself through any anguish, easily done, just avoid any of those abominations like the plague.

Other movie adaptation have at least had some charm to them, either cheesy, or action value, or just plain silly, even if they stray from the host material.

Doom was about mutants and not about a portal or any demons from hell. It was a giant pussy move to avoid any religious connotations, and it ended up just shitting all over the franchise. It didn't help that the movie was a kinda okay sci-fi action movie at best if you're watching it while drunk. DOOM, it is not.

Kurt Cristal:

What if you're really bad at the video game and called your friend over to play it because its too hard, and you sit there amazed at his skills at the game? :)

I'm usually that friend. :-) (Not really)

Be honest: there weren't enough good movies for the "Top 8 Video Game Movies You Must See" list were there? :P
Maybe that will change in the next 10 years or so.

I've got to disagree with the placement of #1 and #8. Alone In The Dark is pretty watchable, like a middling quality session of a modern horror tabletop game. The concept is stellar (a shout-out to Bureau 13, and a pleasingly alien if generic threat), and while the acting is pretty atrocious, I've seen far worse. The ending is shite, the latter half of the film has serious problems, but I didn't regret watching it. Good? No, but if this film had been done by anyone other than Boll, it would have been.

Whereas House of the Dead...the summary given doesn't describe exactly what level of torment you're subjecting yourself to if you watch it. Nonsensical, jumbled, terrible acting, terrible action, just plain terrible all around. It committed the ultimate sin of a bad movie - it failed to entertain on any level. I'm going out on a limb here, but I doubt the RiffTrax crew could make this one funny.

Other than that, I agree with your list. Doom was almost as bad as House of the Dead, and Street Fighter's saving grace were some really great lines.

Story:
Be honest: there weren't enough good movies for the "Top 8 Video Game Movies You Must See" list were there? :P
Maybe that will change in the next 10 years or so.

Lets see.....
Mortal Kombat
Resident Evil 1-3
Silent Hill
Prince of Persia
and...that's 6.

There have been a lot of mediocre videogame films. Not good, but not exactly terrible, like Hitman or DOA. But good ones, they top out at 6. Even the Resident Evil flicks are barely passable in that regard as they are largely mindless action flicks with a zombie sidestory.

Ahhh Doom. Take an easy premise about a crazy portal to hell and turn it into a bad Aliens knock-off for the first hour.

Story:
Be honest: there weren't enough good movies for the "Top 8 Video Game Movies You Must See" list were there? :P
Maybe that will change in the next 10 years or so.

I thought about doing that one as a counterpoint. Then I realized it would be more like "8 Video Game Movies You can Watch if There's Really Nothing Else at All On" and I got depressed.

The live action Tekken movie was a plate of curried arseholes too. The only bright spots are Ian Anthony Dale as Kazuya who at least has the decency to ham it up, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Heihachi, who made the grand move of sporting the elder Mishima's distinctive hair and epic moustache. Otherwise it was an awful piece of crap.

I will disagree with you on Street Fighter. The thing with that is that it's two movies. When it focuses on the heroes, it's a bad action movie. When it focuses on the villains, it's a hilarious action-comedy. Between Zangief's simple-minded idiocy, Dee Jay's surrounded-by-idiots attitude, and of course M. Bison chewing his way through massive amounts of scenery, it's hysterical, and often seems intentionally so. So, basically what I'm saying is fast-forward through any scenes when a villain isn't on screen.

I think that the Far Cry film was Uwe Boll's worst, but it seems most people either never heard of it or refuse to acknowledge its very existence (both are understandable).

I actually liked the Street Fighter movie - most of the characters were recognizable, it was campy and fun (like the game) and Raul Julia's performance was extremely entertaining.

Doom972:
I think that the Far Cry film was Uwe Boll's worst, but it seems most people either never heard of it or refuse to acknowledge its very existence (both are understandable).

I actually liked the Street Fighter movie - most of the characters were recognizable, it was campy and fun (like the game) and Raul Julia's performance was extremely entertaining.

Far Cry was bad, no doubt. Hell, every single thing Boll touches is a heap of steaming dung. But Alone in the Dark is almost universally recognized as not just one of the worst video game films, but one of the worst films of all time, period.

I liked Street Fighter as well. It's one of those in a bit of a weird position where it's hard to say it's actually a good film, but it's not actually bad enough to fall into "so bad it's good" territory. Like Flash Gordon, it's silly, camp fun where it's clear no-one involved is taking it particularly seriously, but at the same time they're not just phoning it in and have instead decided what the hell, why not just enjoy themselves. And of course, as adaptations go, you can't do much better than taking a game where people dressed in silly costumes punch each other and making a film where people in silly costumes punch each other. It's not going to go down in history as one of the best films of all time, but it wasn't an adaptation of Shakespeare in the first place.

It would have been easier to list Video Game movies you should NOT avoid.. but then, getting to 8 would have been a challenge :)

So, is there anything actually bad about the Super Mario Brothers movie or do people just scrap it because the cast doesn't fit into their vision perfectly?

It didn't bother me in the slightest when I was a kid, and I only see it as a unique movie now, because I really don't care if the movie is actually fun and quirky. Well it added to imagination in a different way that was pretty extreme.

Unlike Street Fighter which actually was really corny at times and wasn't as interesting as it could've been, though I could watch this over most new films no problem.

Does anyone else feel like this list could have just been Super Mario Bros + "Insert Uwe Boll's filmography here" and go home?

I remember the Super Mario Bros movie. I used to enjoy it, but looking back at it, yeah I feel dumb for enjoying this thing that's in name only.

Could have added another dozen films to the list, if we've learned anything over the years. It's that game adaptations just don't work. Generally still watch them though, even if it is just to take the piss out of them.

Ok, I liked the first Silent Hill and maybe the first Resi. Can't think of anymore.

Also, there's a Bloodrayne movie?, I can't believe I didn't know that.

Street Fighter game movie

 

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