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Weekend Open Forum: Best and worst video game to movie adaptation

By Shawn Knight ยท 63 replies
Nov 16, 2012
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  1. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +105

    I loved the Mortal Kombat movie, I watched it in the theater in 95, I believe. When Subzero killed that first thug with his freezing powers, I threw a water balloon over the audience.
  2. Silent Hill and the first Mortal Kombat was awesome.
  3. Doom was very bad, but not nearly as lame as Mortal Combat and Street Fighter (Bison dollars ??!). It wouldn't be nearly as bad if it wasn't for the steroid cast and that cliche Sarge character. There certainly was potential for more.

    I never liked Lara Croft movies but cinematically I'd rank them above Doom.

    Tunnel Rats (by Uwe Boll ...) wasn't all that bad - I can't think of any better game-to-movie adaptation.
  4. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    I would have to say the best adaptations would be Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within-The CG was excellent for when it was produced.
    Silent Hill was also excellent although it left me feeling very depressed at the end.
    As far as adaptations I would like to see...
    Skyrim/Elder Scrolls- if done well it could be pretty epic imo
    Fallout- the 50's styling along with the atmosphere of the games could be awesome if done well.
    Bioshock-the 40's/50's styling and atmosphere could make for a good movie as well.
  5. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    I'm usually more concerned about the other 90% -> film to game adaptions. Simultaneous releases of both often yield terrible results for the game.

    Other than that, some games by nature would require a whole television series to properly adapt.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,293

    "Battleship" wasn't terrible. But I suppose that wouldn't count as it came from a board game?
    They skated by heavily on the "Angelina Jolie factor".

    That said, I'm not sure it's actually important whether gamers are pleased, or displeased, with a game / movie adaptation. I was just reminded, "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time", was formerly a video game. The movie was decent, entertaining, and I don't feel as though I wasted any time watching it.

    So, if I actually played one of the Prince of Persia games, would that be prejudicial, on my enjoyment of the movie?

    It really seems to me that that game should succeed as a game in that peer group, and the movie, as an entirely separate entity, should succeed as a movie, to movie goers.
  7. Psycho Killer

    Psycho Killer TS Rookie

    I like the idea of a Duke Nukem movie. How about Mickey Rourke as Duke? He's had that great monotone voice in Sin City. Give him spiked blond hair, a shotgun in one hand, and a chick on the other, add some colorful phrases to his volcabulary "I'm gonna rip off your head and $417 down your neck" and you've got Duke Nukem!

    We've seen a Fallout-esqe type movie with "Book of Eli". The scenery was excellent! They just need to be sure to get Ron Perlman to say "WAR. War never changes" if they DO delve into a Fallout storyline.

    For Half-Life, I think Gary Oldman would be an excellent Freeman.... He's very reserved, but you know he can be a super badass when he needs to be. They just need to made him look about 10 or so years younger (he looked young as Sirius Black in the Potter films, but looked old in the Dark Knight series).

    If they were making a Mass Effect movie, would it be beneficial to get the actor they modeled Shepard after to play Shepard (assuming he has any acting ability)? Would they hire any of the voice actors who are actually movie actors to reprise their roles (David Keith, Seth Green, Lance Henriksen, etc.)?
    Knowing Hollywood, they'll get Keanu Reaves to play Shepard, Chris Tucker to play Captain Anderson, and Rosanne Barr to play Wrex (this would have to be the version were Wrex got killed).

    Oh, and the movie Wing Commander (1999 - Freddie Prinze Jr.) blew total chunks... No body mentioned that one yet, so I had to have the lack of class to bring it up. :-D
  8. SantistaUSA

    SantistaUSA TS Booster Posts: 84   +22

    hahaha thanks for the laugh man, love the first Mortal Kombat movie, to me is one of the best game to movie adaptation!
  9. aspleme

    aspleme TS Enthusiast Posts: 56

    What about Wing Commander? That movie was actually decent to watch.
  10. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 177   +41

    Personally when I'm watching a movie it's strictly for entertainment purposes. Most of the movies that have been made from a game series have been fair at best. About the only series I truly did enjoy were the Laura Croft (Tomb Raider) series.
  11. benken2202001

    benken2202001 TS Booster Posts: 115   +17

    I actually really enjoyed HITMAN, still watch it when its on TV.

    Mortal Kombat and Streetfighter you need to realize that they had to create a storyline using characters from a game that essentially involves buttonmashing. Most game movies already have background stories that the writers can draw from.

    Max Payne was an awful movie. I loved the game, and just wanted to see it played out on the big screen, but alas, they had to "hollywood" it up.

    I'd like to see an X-COM movie or Mirror's Edge.

    Did anyone see the 40 minute Assasin's Creed movie they put out just before the 3rd game? It was really impressive.
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  12. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,768   +598

    The issue I have with games turned into movies is one of two big problems, either you start with a game like mortal combat and turn it into a movie somehow, a fighting games a movie does not make. Or the other side where you have a game with a story longer than the typical 90 minutes run time devoted to it. Hence a lot has to be cut out and plot development is missed almost entirely at times. The first resident evil is easily one of my top picks except that movie franchise quickly takes a turn for the worse. Prince of Persia was alright, but I never played more than the 2D version back in the 90s. The idea of trying to cram Half-Life's story into under 2 hours of film would be a sad day. Which also raises another issue, as a gamer you've likely played the game the movie has been based off of and can point out flaws, or holes in the story, retracting from the experience further. To end on an idea, how about Hollywood leaves games as games and not try and capitalize on them. And for the love of god stop making games based on movies, with the exception to some of the early 007 games, well Goldeneye, all other attempts have just been bad, horrible, or garbage.
  13. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 127   +15

    Still waiting for HALO movie...Uncle Bill hello?
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,293

    At its core, isn't this the same issue as someone who has, "read the book, but didn't think the movie did it justice...?
    Hollywood has made some really bad movies, from games or otherwise. A bad movie from a good game, could simply be a bad movie, in and of itself, period.

    To the upside, at least movies from games have a good, "healthy" dose, of the "
    old ultra violence". (Come to think of it, I wonder if "A Clockwork Orange", didn't have a bit of influence on the "Grand Theft Auto" franchise).

    Things could be worse, romantic comedies all stink, regardless of how big the stars are in them. They should rename the genre, "boredom generators, with romantic undertones". Calling them, "comedies", is way too big of a stretch. So, what happens if they take your advice, and stop making violent game derivative movies? You could be responsible for the bankruptcy of the MPAA? No wait, that's the down loader's fault, or so they say.

    The second point is, a game is a first person , task oriented affair. With a movie, the first person's only "task", is to suffer through, (or enjoy thoroughly), other people being tasked. It's really an apples and oranges comparison in the first place. And remember peeps, you need a pen to script a game or a movie, not a controller.

    Then too, a movie can't end with you winning, a game can. There's got to be a hefty amount of letdown in that.

    And Uwe Boll still needs to take up a new career in "waste management", or if you prefer, "sanitation engineering".
  15. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +105

    Well, if it helps you picture it, it was a two-story movie theater. I was in the upper balcony and the balloon landed down there in the crowd. They never knew what hit them. I bet some of them still think it was actually Subzero.
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  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,293

    So what you're saying is, only the very stoned, very naive, very brave, or very desperate, should cross the threshold of a theater you're planning on attending?
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  17. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +65

    + 1 to all the above. :)
  18. Mortal Kombat holds a special place in my heart. I and many of buddies were at the right age to be really immersed in the MK culture of the 90's. We obsessed over the games and their lore. Held random tournaments at local cafes and arcades, then at home on our consoles. Discussed, researched and documented fatality and power codes. The movie still is a precedent of quality and accuracy for game to film adaptions as far as I'm concerned. The special effects, fight scenes and music were unmatched in western films up to that point. Who can honestly forget the first time you see Sub-Zero freeze-snap that glock or his mid-air interception with a freeze ball? Hell nearly every scene elaborated on some aspect of the games mechanics or its lore. Plenty of that 90's cheese comedy just furthers its entertainment value. By modern standards (the production values of sci-fi and fantasy films) it might not hold up, but back then it raised the bar.

    Silent Hill is an excellent film on it's own. Not sure how accurate an adaption it was because I never actually played the game past the first scene.

    Resident Evil and Lara Croft are 3rd and 4th on my list. Both of these films are pretty good entertainment while still retaining the essence of their respective games.

    I was incredibly disappointed with Doom and Max Payne though. These are shallow generic films with little entertainment value. The connection with the games serves merely as a superficial wrapper to attract the games' respective audiences. I expected a very different Doom film with an escalating mass of demons, carnage, and lone survival through a fantastical Martian base. Instead we got shallow characters, boring action scenes with minimal violence and almost no horror. As for Max Payne, Shoot em up is the type of film I expected it to be.
  19. Jinil C S

    Jinil C S TS Rookie

    ASSASSIN'S CREED... I am a great fan of Assassin's creed series... I have played all of them and started reading Oliwer Bowden's Assassin's creed book series which is based on the game.. Books are awsome.. very hard to put it down... I am waiting for the movie to be released... Hope everyone will like it....
  20. Look they all suck, it's just a matter of which one sucks less. But my pick for the worst has got to be the Far Cry movie. That movie almost makes me think Uwe Boll was just trolling everybody with that one.
  21. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +105

    Right now, I would have to say only the very stoned.
  22. Worst? all movies in Resident Evil series. I'm saying this as a Resident Evil games fan.
    Best? I hope Assassins Creed...
  23. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +105

    Same opinion here.By the way, when the movie was released, I was 12. What about you?
    And of course, at that time, I couldn't care less about the acting. All I wanted to see was the fight scenes. And IMO, they were great. The speed and precision of Scorpion kicks are still etched in my brain.
  24. Modeazy

    Modeazy TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Most game movies are bad,hated Max Payne cos its one of my favourite games. I hope that begins to change,with some super hero movies doing really well this year.
  25. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    My favourite as a kid was TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I loved those movies!!!
  26. Modeazy

    Modeazy TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Now you mention it,thats one of the best to date !

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