With Wreck It Ralph releasing earlier this week, we got to thinking about movies that are based on video games, and historically… it isn’t too pretty. Video game based films have a pretty bad reputation in the industry for being awful movies. Vaunted game franchises such as Super Mario Bros. and Doom have been translated poorly to the silver screen time and time again. It turns out that just having a character loved by millions of nerds isn’t a proper replacement for a good script, quality acting, and fine directing.
Below are the five worst video game-based movies.
5. Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia looked to have all the makings of greatness on paper: A-list
starpower (Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina), the backing of a major film studio (Disney), and the leadership of a well-known producer, Jerry Bruckheimer. However, the translation from video game to movie didn’t fare too well. The story was too forced, the characters were bland and overacted, and if you aren’t a fan of the video game series, there is little incentive to invest two hours into this epic dud.
The 2 hours of the film could easily be spent trying to figure out what kind of accent Jake Gyllenhaal was trying to pull off (was it Persian, was it British, we don’t know…). In the end, you’d be better off playing the original 1989 computer game version of Prince of Persia than sitting through this Arabian disaster.
4. DOA: Dead Or Alive
What can you expect from a film that is based on a fighting game franchise that’s foundation is the size of the female characters’ breasts (Seriously. “Jiggle physics” is a term originated with the Dead Or Alive video game series.)? Many adapted screenplays are criticized for straying too far from the source material, but Dead or Alive’s biggest mistake is sticking too closely to its original source’s plot. Fighting games in particular are known for having insane story lines that make no logical sense and DOA is no exception. Seeing it as bit segments between rounds of fighting in a video game is one thing, but seeing it on screen as a movie makes it so much more nonsensical. In lieu of a plot, there is basically 90 minutes of women fighting in their underwear. On second thought, maybe we should move this to the top 5 best video game adaptations…
3. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
While the previously mentioned movie stuck too close to its source material, others get too far away from what makes the games so great in the first place. The Final Fantasy video games series is revered for its character development, complex plot lines, and common blend of magic with science fiction. The film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within had none of that. It seems the production Read More