The Most Successful Video-Game Movies
With Guest Columnist: KATIE GREENE
Many would say that video games and movies don’t really match, and when you consider that we have so many resounding box office failures (think about Warcraft for a minute), we may incline to agree. However, there are some great video game movie adaptations out there and we made it our business to bring them to the surface.
Below you can see the top five movies based on video games that were not so horrible after all.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
The film was released in 2005 and, while is not a direct adaptation, it shares the same universe and continuity with the video game. The plot of the movie is based on the rescue of various children that were kidnapped by a mysterious group, but you should first play the game in order to completely understand the movie.
If the plot is not absolutely fantastic, the animation is downright impressive, and was used by the developers for the Final Fantasy XII series. Overall, this is a great movie for the fans of the franchise and has an IMDB score of 7.3.
Another great video game with an interesting movie adaptation, Resident Evil the 2002 version was the first of a long series of films. While currently, there are eight movies, the first one in the series is the most connected to the video game action.
In the movie, the characters are underneath the Spencer mansion, in the hive, where they have to fight off scary monsters by shooting them in the face. Overall, none of the movies in the series is a masterpiece, but the action is entertaining and sometimes scary. It definitely makes for a good Saturday afternoon movie, when there’s nothing else to do.
The Fast and the Furious
While the movie is not actually based on a video game, some say it was inspired by the Need for Speed franchise. Actually, there is a weird connection between the two as the Fast and Furious franchise tried to make it in the video game industry with a game that wasn’t successful and there actually is an NFS movie starring Aaron Paul that got a horrible score on Rotten Tomatoes (22%).
Now, if you compare NFS the game with Fast and Furious the movie, you will definitely find a strong connection.
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
This Disney video game adaptation is definitely entertaining, especially considering the action and the scenery involved. However, it wasn’t as well received by critics or the large public even though the adventure and star power was definitely present.
Still, in terms of video game adaptations, Prince of Persia the movie is one of the best adaptations of a game (it got a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes). It may be lacking in substance but the characters are well defined, relatable, and the story sticks together nicely. Of course, the action in the movie doesn’t exactly fit the one in the game, but you will get the same level of thrill and crazy adventure from both.
The Angry Birds Movie
With a 43% score on Rotten Tomatoes and quite a good profit in cinemas, this movie is based on the popular games for mobile devices series. It is colorful and entertaining, and it seems to have caught the public’s attention enough for the producers to consider a sequel that is set to launch in 2019.
The plot is based on the conflict between the birds and the pigs, which shows continuity towards the game, but there’s a bit more substance to the story, which makes it quite interesting.
As you can see, there are some interesting video game adaptations in the cinematic universe and, even though some are not as well-received, the fans will always enjoy them. In our opinion, it’s important to have a talented team working on such a project because there is a huge difference between the video game environment and the cinematic universe.