Video game movies have had it all wrong, something I’ve finally realised. Instead of focusing on big brand games such as Prince of Persia and Double Dragon, they should have been looking at the various products targeted towards kids instead. Games such as Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter and Sly Cooper. Those are perfect brands with established lore and characters that are just begging for a big screen adaptation.
And the sly thief himself is indeed getting that silver screen treatment.
Based on one of PlayStation’s most beloved franchises, Sly Cooper is a kinetic and comedic heist film that tells the story of Sly Cooper, an orphaned raccoon thief, and the adventures of his childhood friends and partners in crime, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. In the film, Sly learns that he comes from a long line of talented, international thieves, and is catapulted into a global adventure. Sly races to reassemble pieces of an ancient book holding the Cooper clan’s family secrets before it can fall into the hands of Clockwerk — an evil metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line.
That looks…rather damn good. The attitude of the game is clearly there, and while it’s more of a test reel than anything else, the animation just looks and feels superb. The only downside to all of this? That kinetic animation and charm will only be felt in cinemas come 2016. Eish, this is going to be a hard wait.
Last Updated: January 29, 2014