Why game movies suck, from somebody who makes sucky game movies

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Film adaptations of video game are, at their best, ok. I’ve enjoyed a few; The first Mortal Kombat was a bit of fun silliness that stuck to its video game roots..mostly. Silent Hill managed to capture the feel of the game, and Hitman wasn’t terrible. Most other adaptations completely lose the plot; let’s rather not discuss the godawful Legend of Chun Li, the Dead or Alive movie or the bizarre Super Mario Bros movie. We’ll not even mention the rubbish we’ve gotten from Uwe Boll.

You know why They’re terrible? Let Paul W.S Anderson (who’s directed all of the not exactly fantastic Resident Evil movies) explain.

"A lot of video game movies are made by directors who don’t know the video games they are based on from a hole in the head", he said to MCV. "They don’t do justice to the games, they don’t immerse themselves in the games, they don’t understand what people liked from the games. And that is the wrong approach and clearly those movies don’t work. You can fool people once, you know. I was excited to see the Tomb Raider movie the first time it came out. I saw it, it wasn’t very good, I wasn’t very excited to go and see the second film. I think with Resident Evil it is very telling that each movie has done better than the one before."

Anderson has previously admitted to only playing Resident Evil 5 – which explains why he’s gotten the whole thing wrong. I hate to to tell you this, Paul, but I suspect the only reason they keep doing better is that the movie posters for each new Resident Evil film have Milla Jovovich wearing less and less clothing.

What video game movies have you enjoyed? If you answer Alone in the Dark, you automatically qualify for public ridicule.

Source : MCVUK

Last Updated: August 12, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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