Forget Sonic, these are the 10 worst video game movies of all time – feature


After seeing the first trailer for the next Sonic the Hedgehog movie yesterday, made us think of the catalog of awful video game adaptations that hit the screen over the years. Obviously, it's impossible to judge the end product by its initial revelation – and we're still hoping it's better than the trailer suggests – but if the movie falls with fans like Sonic's redesign, it will be another flaming turkey in the giant pile of terrible adaptations.

While the games that come from movie licenses have a bad reputation (which, we argue, is a kind of fallacy), it's nothing compared to the filling made from some of our most beloved video game series after having gone through the Hollywood grinder. Regardless of the intentions or talent behind and in front of the camera, it seems impossible to make a really great movie based on a video game.

This is especially disheartening for fans not only to see their favorite characters and their spoiled moments in the movie but also to the wedge that takes between us and the masses without games. Friends and family who do not like games see these movies as a reflection of the video game experience and this leads them to believe that the games are simply "not for them." By adding insult to injury, movies are not only terrible – they reinforce and sustain the non-player's perception that it's all trivial nonsense. It's frustrating!

We here a Nintendo Life Towers rode one way no, the other way around the Avengers, merging our collective memories to collect the worst celluloid versions of video game franchises we've ever seen. We wanted to like them – how expensive we wanted like them! – but there is very little to recommend any of the following.

So, we present you (in no particular order) the worst of the worst that Hollywood has created. Come with us on a journey in an incredibly misguided world …

Street Fighter

Let's start with one of the most infamous in the pantheon. The original live-action Street Fighter film was plagued with all kinds of production problems from the start. Unbelievably, Capcom financed most of the film and apparently had full approval in all respects, but the cast budget was sucked by hiring the "Brussels Muscle" itself, Jean-Claude Van Damme, to play Guile, as well as respected the actor Raul Julia (more recognizable in the mainstream as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family movies) in the role of villain M. Bison. So the rest of the cast was relatively unknown at much smaller wages.

Unfortunately, Raul Julia was suffering from cancer at the time (the film is his last work released and is dedicated to his memory) and the production had to work around its fragile state. You never know this by the energy of your performance, and there is a certain kitsch and charm in the movie that can make you wonder if it really deserves a place on the list. It's certainly fascinating to see Kylie Minogue as Cammy and how they played the rest of those iconic fighters on a tight budget.

If nostalgia has made the best of you, do not be afraid – Round 2 cements the position of the franchise here. 2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li sucks all the camp and color of the original turkey, leaving only a bark lifeless. Neal McDonough took on the role of M. Bison in this – you may have seen him in the Sonic trailer when the General was repeatedly "muted" by Robotnik. We like the guy, but we hope he's not a bad omen.

Capcom persevered with movies and eventually created a winning formula with resident Evil movies. They are not on par with games, but they are solid popcorn products and, above anything else on that list, have a fairly wide margin.

If you want to read more about the tricks behind Street Fighter: The Movie, check out our feature from last year – frankly, it's amazing that it went as well as it did.

Double dragon

1994 was a good year if you loved horrible adaptations in videogames and this version of Techno's beat em up is a real disaster. Just a few years after its turn as the T-1000 in the seminal blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment DayRobert Patrick played Koga Shuko, a crime boss who sought to unite the two halves of the Double Dragon medallion. With a half in his possession, it's up to Billy and Jimmy to protect the other half and the battle punks in a story that eventually puts them in a blue and red outfit, respectively.

Alyssa Milano also stars in this effort, but the film seems to have been made a decade earlier than it was. It's explosively horrible – you could argue that it's for kids, but why should children endure this crap? No, no, Bimmy deserves better than that.

Alone in the dark

Bouncing back to 2005, Infogrames' survival horror classic took thirteen years to get to the silver screen, though watching it and you wish it had taken two millennia. The horror genre is a favorite for video game adaptations, probably due to the reduced budgets that horror productions usually operate.

Supposedly a sequel to the fourth game is Christian Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff. Remarkably, it is the first appearance on this list for Uwe Boll. Mr. Boll made a career of his own, directing adaptations of video games, and that list could easily have presented his work exclusively; we restricted it to only two entrees, as a matter of variety.

Routinely referred to as one of the worst movies ever made, Alone in the dark bagged two golden raspberries and three Stinker prizes. Inexplicably, he had a 2008 sequel (many of Boll's films) starring, among others, Lance Henriksen. The sequence was slightly better received, though probably because the viewers had an idea of ​​the horrors that awaited and lowered their expectations accordingly.

DOA: Dead Or Alive

Another fighter, Hollywood seems to think that the inherent action of fighting games will translate quickly and easily to the silver screen with the least effort. Who needs expensive and strange details like, you know, a script or actors who can say things like a human being? It also does not hurt if your cast looks great in bikinis.

Released in 2006, DOA: Dead Or Alive it's braindead in all the usual ways but you can at least see a little of the money spent on the screen in terms of photography and some exotic locations (the secluded setting on the island offers the opportunity for some classic DOA beach volleyball). As a film, it is completely unsatisfactory and probably most notable for the careful choreography required to cover Holly Valance's modesty as she struggles topless using nothing but a towel. We have been fans since his days in Neighbors; poor Flick deserved better than that.

Home of the Dead

Are you back yet, Mr. Boll? Our second (and fortunately final) entrance to Uwe Boll's work takes Sega's classic zombie weapon game and surgically removes any fun, tension and pleasure. It's a B movie in which the "B" is "bloody and atrocious". I hope Sega knows how to improve them today …

This was, in fact, Boll's first franchise film, and he went on to sift through several other series, including BloodRayne, Postcard and the Siege of the Dungeon games in the form of In the name of the King. The latter, in particular, contains some real stellar power with names like Jason Statham, John Rhys-Davies, Ray Liotta and Ron Perlman. It's still absolute bathroom, though.

I need speed

We like Aaron Paul. He seems to be a cool guy and his turn as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad was one of the highlights in a show full of brilliant performances. Unfortunately, he chose poorly when he signed up for it. As you know, EA I need speed The series is renowned for its highly subtle, engaging narrative that captivates the player while it … hangs tight.

In perhaps one of the most faithful adaptations of the list, the film version of 2014 I need speed very accurately emulates the overall FMV quality that operates in 2005 Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Now, that was a hell of a game! The film tries to overcome the Fast and furious franchise, but it quickly pops a hole and takes it very seriously. Avoid.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Paramount Pictures, the studio behind Sonic's next movie, has a lot of experience in video game adaptations. You'll probably remember this 2001 attempt to put Angelina Jolie in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Where to start. Jolie makes her best impression of Austin Powers, but her British accent is possibly the most solid thing in the film. Unforgettable Villains, Terrifying Dialogs and Action Scrambling Groping to Capture Some Magic The Matrix; failure in almost every way. Watching in 2019, there is some pleasure for British viewers in seeing some unlikely stars on the big screen (including Leslie Phillips and Chris Barrie, plus a pre-Bond Daniel Craig), but that's not enough to support him for 100 minutes.

He did well enough at the box office to get a sequel two years later, but that one killed the franchise until the reboot of 2018, which is still not fantastic, although it is a masterpiece in comparison to that.

Max Payne

"Marky" Mark Wahlberg star as owner Max Payne with support from Mila Kunis, Ludacris and, of course, * verifies notes * … Nelly Furtado?

Do you think the beautiful playtime in Remedy's downbeat detective sniper bullet time would be translated perfectly for the cinematographic medium. This was undoubtedly the most successful element of the film because the history, performances and general direction were thoroughly criticized by the critics, with the darkness of Max's depressing journey becoming an inflexible monotony. it is dull. It worked properly at the box office, though obviously not enough to guarantee a sequel.

… and finally, Super Mario Bros.

Clear. Here it is – the yardstick by which all other terrible video game movies are judged. If you have never been subjected to 1993 Super Mario Bros., take a moment to watch the trailer above to get an idea of ​​how incredibly incongruous Mario is that we know and love.

That will give you an idea, of course, but the trailer hardly does justice to such a strange interpretation of the Mushroom Kingdom and the Mario Brothers. As with many of the movies on this list, you can look at the talent on the cast list and assume that it must achieve a minimum level of quality. Bob Hoskins! Dennis Hopper! These are experienced, professional, interesting actors – they must have brought something to the film, beyond the desire to pay the architects in their second homes.

The writers apparently hoped to capture something of the Ghostbusters' somber comedy; because it's kind of a mystery, although in the modern era of sanity, "Disney-fied" Mario, it's easy to forget how strange the Mushroom Kingdom seemed at first. We internalized his barrels and strange mushroom-like creatures and dinosaurs and a diversified paraphernalia, but if you were sitting down to write a live action movie of Hollywood Mario in the early '90s, maybe Ghostbusters would seem like a reasonable touchstone.

It's terrible, of course, but as fans are also morbid fascinating watch and see how they arrived almost everything wrong.

Of course, this small selection does not do justice to the overwhelming series of terrible adaptations that have graced our movie screens over the years. Honorable mentions should go to DOOM starring The Rock, the Flight commander film and anything that Uwe Boll has participated (as mentioned above). We could go on, but when you look at 2018 Rampage (another group from Dwayne Johnson) and see that it is currently the best rated film based on a 52% game at Rotten Tomatoes, suffice to say that it is a very unfortunate state of affairs.

I hope the launch will soon Detective Pikachu will resist the trend and, as we have seen, the bar is incredibly low; "Passable" would be enough for the Sonic movie to run in front of the crowd. We're trying to keep an open mind, which is difficult when we keep seeing "fan-fixes" which we prefer infinitely to Paramount's character design – and that's saying something considering the state of "interesting" of Sonic fan art – but despite our doubts, our fingers and fingers are still and we will do our best to approach the film with appropriately low expectations.


Source link