The 10 best movies based on video games

The 10 best movies based on video games

In theory, movies based on video games should be a perfect match in pop culture heaven. After all, video games are, more or less, interactive movies themselves nowadays. To realize this, you only need to watch games like God of War, Tomb Raider, Y Final Fantasy. And yet, Hollywood drops the ball over and over again.

That said, there are movies based on video games that are really worth watching. Like everything in life, there are exceptions to the rule. In this case, the rule is ‘video game movie adaptations don’t work’. Here, we go into the top ten movies based on video games that you must see:

10) Assassin’s Creed (2016)

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Assassin’s Creed games always had an intriguing premise. The idea of ​​a machine that would allow you to relive the lives of your ancestors? And the concept of the Knights Templar and the Assassins fighting for centuries? It’s a much deeper game series than you might expect.

And while the 2016 film adaptation is flawed, it does well to portray its unique concept on film. And Michael Fassbender’s performance as the lead is compelling enough to help you shrug off the movie. poorly dimmed lighting. Good, almost.

9) S.T.H. (2019)

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The best film adaptation of video games to date? A lot of people thought that when Blue Blur hit the big screen in 2019. Parks and Recreation Alumnus Ben Schwartz injected so much energy into Sonic, making sure Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik didn’t outshine the titular hero.

That said, it’s fair to say that Carrey is crazy, cartoonish villain is a huge highlight of the movie. In fact, it’s a great reason to Sonicthe success of And although Dr. Robotnik is by no means the most layered villain to grace a children’s movie, you’ll have so much fun watching the movie that you won’t care.

8) Mortal Kombat (2021)

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Again, 2021 Mortal Kombat It is by no means a perfect film. For a video game-based blockbuster, though, it’s pretty darn good. Like any movie of its kind, MK it’s not a movie that will challenge you, it’s just silly fun.

The film features the same supernatural-tinged fight scenes you’d expect from the franchise, with demons and revenge as the main protagonists. It’s not afraid to get really gory (the origin of Jax’s metal arms is a memorable example), and the cast, on the whole, is likable. Unfortunately, the movie takes itself too seriously to be as funny as the cheesy 1995 adaptation.

7) Sonic the Hedgehog 2

sonic the hedgehog 2 it is by no means a perfect movie. It’s also not the best children’s movie. But it’s definitely one of the best video game movies out there.

And surprisingly, its brilliance is due in part to the inclusion of Tails and Knuckles in the movie canon. The movie is pure wacky entertainment, and while the human subplot featuring James Marsden and company doesn’t make narrative sense, it’s still hilarious to watch.

6) Resident Evil (2001)

The resident Evil Movies starring Milla Jovovich are of variable quality. Generally, they range from ‘truly terrible’ to ‘decently entertaining’. resident Evilthe inaugural film in the film franchise, falls into the latter category.

The first film is the most tense and pleasant of all. This is mainly because we don’t really know much about Jovovich’s Alice at this point in the series, nor do we know much about the Umbrella Corporation from the franchise. Like most horror movies, resident Evil it thrives on narrative simplicity and the mysteries it raises, which sadly outweighs the convoluted answers we get in the sequels that follow.

5) Detective Pikachu (2019)

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Bringing iconic Nintendo critters to the big screen has always been a daunting challenge. The franchise boasts hundreds of characters, and knowing which ones it would include would be a brain teaser. That said, the powers that be did a wonderful job with detective pikachu.

The film is loosely based on an obscure Nintendo DS Pokémon game of the same name. However, what he has above the game is Ryan Reynolds. Reynold’s performance as the main character is hilarious and his chemistry with Justice Smith is perfect. Also, the film competently portrays a believable character. universe where Pokémon and people reside.

4) Mortal Kombat (1995)

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Mortal Kombat is a corny and stupid movie that you will probably find. And yet, it is these elements that make the film endearing. It exudes stereotypical ’90s action movie tropes (males, the music, the dialogue) and throws some melodrama into the mix (watching youRaiden).

The cast is likable, and their characters are surprisingly likable and distinct from one another story-wise. Even old-fashioned effects have a certain charm. Mortal Kombat is a fantastic movie-to-video game adaptation and delivers thrills and laughs in equal measure.

3) Silent Hill (2006)

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Silent Hill It is primarily based on the first game in the series, released in 1998 for the original PlayStation. Harry Mason is thrown out in favor of Rose De Silva, played by australian actress Radha Mitchell. Other than that, it follows a similar premise to the source material, with Rose striving to find her daughter in the haunted town of Silent Hill.

Now, Silent Hill It’s by no means the scariest horror movie out there. But it does well to adapt the deranged and demonic world of its source material and its mythology to the big screen. There are also plenty of tense moments to keep you on edge, and Sean Bean is in them. So there’s that.

2) Uncharted (2022)

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Few movies based on games are successful enough to spawn a franchise. Nevertheless, Unexplored it managed to earn $395 million at the box office on a budget of $120 million. And so, the president of Sony Pictures, Tom Rothman, declared the film is a “new hit movie franchise for the company”.

Look, this is the truth: Unexplored it’s not shakespeare. the characters are shallow, and you’ve seen this movie done before, albeit better. However, the film’s cast – the charming Tom Holland and the witty Mark Wahlberg – are hard not to like. And overall, like a thoughtless, action-packed blockbuster, it works well and gives you a good time. This is much more than can be said for many of his video game movies.

1) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2009)

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After the success of pirates of the Caribbean, Jerry Bruckheimer searched for his next lucrative franchise. The result? Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, based on the 2003 platform game of the same name. While reviews were mixed, it was generally agreed to be an improvement over previous video game-based films.

The film follows Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince Dastan and Gemma Arterton’s Princess Tamina as they venture to save a kingdom from a magical curse of sand. The film loosely adapts elements of the game, namely the Prince’s athleticism and character arc. In the end, although not perfect, sands of time it’s a defect but pleasant action adventure movie.


But that’s just our opinion. What do you think are the best movies based on video games? And what makes a great movie adaptation of a video game?

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