Video games have become one of the major forces in the entertainment industry. It’s little surprise, then, that Hollywood has cashed in on the popularity of video games. It’s become a whole genre of film: the video game movie. The best of these are enjoyable movies in their own right…even if you don’t play the video games.
Here are the best video game movies. These are all films that are based on already existing video games.
This movie is at the top of my list for several reasons. It stays true to the video game in terms of a lot of the characters, story line, and the look and feel of the film. The “Resident Evil” movie is instantly recognizable from the video games. However, it’s not just a video game on the big screen. It’s been made to work as a movie. Yes, it’s a zombie movie, so it’s usually more funny than scary. However, it’s still really good entertainment. Milla Jovovich stars and really looks the part. She’s perfect for the role (even if her acting seems to sometimes be stolen from her earlier role in “The Fifth Element”).
There are four “Resident Evil” films: “Resident Evil”, “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”, “Resident Evil: Extinction”, and “Resident Evil: Afterlife”. No, they’re not the best movies ever made. However, you can’t help but get sucked into them when you watch them. It’s a fun series to watch and definitely good entertainment.
“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”
The sexy video game adventurer Lara Croft hit the big screen. Angelina Jolie stars in the movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”. Let’s face it. When Ange is dressed as Lara Croft, travelling the world and kicking butt to find artefacts, you’re willing to forgive a lot in a movie. She’s gorgeous and captivating, even if it’s not her most impressive acting. Yes, the bad guys are so cheesy that you probably gain weight just watching them, and the story line is amazingly predictable. Who cares? In addition to Jolie, there’s the benefit of fantastic locations and some fun adventure action. If you want a lazy night on the sofa with your partner, this is a solid choice.
In the 90’s, millions of people (let’s face it–mostly adolescent and teen boys) gathered around video game machines and consoles to play Mortal Kombat. This simple game about fighting seemed to have a mystical power to draw people into just one more game. The movie version of “Mortal Kombat” keeps the emphasis on the fighting. Yes, there’s some story line thrown in with sorcerers and princes, but the movie is still about the fighting. It’s not great cinema, but it will bring back memories and entertain anyone who grew up in the 90’s (or played the game anyways).