13 Movies Based On Video Games
Wing Commander (1999)
Wing Commander was released in 1999 and is based on the Wing Commander game franchise which is a space combat simulator (which sees you play in the cockpit of a spaceship with the ability to swerve and avoid incoming fire and take down enemy planes yourself.)first released in 1990 with the latest release called Wing Commander Arena released in 2007. The film, however, was not a success with a box office of just $11 million and a budget of $30 million making the film a loss of $19 million, the film has just a 10% rating on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 3D science fiction action horror movie, the film revolves around female protagonist known simply as Alice played by Milla Jovovich rescuing the survivors of the T-outbreak in the city of Los Angeles, the film was a big success with a budget of $60 million and a box office of $300 million. The film was released on September 10th 2010, controversially and probably on purpose, the film was not pre-screened for film critics with Rotten Tomatoes later rating the film a low score of 23% but this seems to have paid off with the film making a profit of $240 million and counting.
The hotly anticipated film for the original 1993 first-person classic was simply a hot mess, despite the game’s massive audience suffering from nostalgia the film made a loss of $7 million (With a budget of $60 million and a box office of $57 million). The plot of the film was based during the year 2046, where a heavily populated research facility on Mars is attacked and a group of Marines needs to save it. Rotten Tomatoes official review was that the Doom movie of 2015 was “Sure to please fans of the video game, but lacking in plot and originality to please other moviegoers.”.
Alone in the Dark (2005)
The Alone in the Dark film is based on the fourth installment of Alone in the Dark called Alone in the Dark: The Nightmare. The film is known for being one of the worst films ever made and had a loss close to $10 million but a sequel was released in 2008 which received more positive reviews but was still ranked by IMBD at 3.4/10.
Need for Speed (2014)
Need for Speed was released in 2014 a year after the hype surrounding the Fast and Furious 6 film, with the Need for Speed filmmaking a profit of $140 million, it is one of the films that would start a chain of a commercially successful video game based movies. The plot of the movie revolves around a protagonist called Tobey Marshall who owns a motor garage originally named Marshall Motors but he is struggling financially and takes the choice to try and sell a car with his then friend called Dino for at least $2 million, he gets into an argument after he races the car at a high speed of 234mph in order to prove to some clients that the car is fast and eventually sells the car for $2.7 million, however Dino takes away his commission of the sale and challenges him to a race (along with his friend Pete)in which he promises to relinquish his share of the sale if Marshall can beat him, the race results in Marshall beating Dino but Dino knowing he is going to lose decides to bump Pete’s car and Pete ultimately dies with Marshall being accused of involuntary manslaughter and forced to go to prison for 2 years, and once he leaves he is out seeking revenge.
House of the Dead (2003)
House of the Dead was released in 2003 and is an interpretation of the same name gun arcade game, the film had a budget of $12 million and made a nice profit on this of $1.38 million and holds a record of being the 41st worst rated film on Rotten Tomatoes with a rating of 3% positive reviews to date. The film’s plot revolves around two college students called Simon and Greg who take a boat to a rave on an island with 3 girls and realize that there is actually no rave there but instead the island is infested with zombies and spoiler alert most of the cast end up either dead or as zombies. A sequel was also released in 2005 but that was less commercially successful than its predecessor and had the same amount of positive reviews (not many).
Assassin’s Creed (2016)
Released in 2016, the golden year of video game inspired movies (with Angry Birds and Warcraft also being super successful), despite its doubters, the Assassin’s Creed movie, in my opinion, was awesome with a budget of $124 million and a box office of $240.7 million. The plot is based in Spain but many fans criticized this as they did understand the reasoning behind using Spain instead of Italy as the setting despite it being set in the same era as the first three Assassin’s Creed games, despite its run-down story which had countless similarities with the plots of the video games it was still a great movie which despite its origins seems to have been widely enjoyed by many people who have never before played the Assassin’s Creed video games.
Angry Birds Movie (2016)
Angry Birds Movie grossed $349 million at its box office making it the second best-selling video game inspired movie to date behind the Warcraft (2016) movie (which is also on the list) and also the highest grossing animation film based on a video game, grossing more than double of the nearest entry Pokemon: The First Movie at $168 million. The movie was also interesting as it gave the bird characters personalities and also voices, the protagonist is the infamous red bird named simply Red who is sentenced to an anger management class after causing a customer’s egg to prematurely hatch. The film is superb and I can say it’s up there with the Disney film quality.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was the video game film that took the world by storm during the early 21st century starring Angelina Jolie who at the time was one of the biggest movie stars, the film was criticized by critics and movie buffs for its stylized action and bland plot but its lead actress Jolie was praised for her awesome representation of Lara Croft. The film grossed $274.7 million which at that time was a massive amount of money for a film’s box office.
The Warcraft film is the best-selling video game inspired film of all time with sequels to it confirmed for the near future, despite disappointing performances Europe and the United States, thanks to the Chinese Warcraft fanbase the film became such a commercial success. The film’s plot includes a limited amount of lore in order to try and attract audiences unfamiliar with the Warcraft universe, the movie was praised for its visuals but was criticized for its plot and character development which critics called uninspiring and sub par.
Silent Hill (2006)
Silent Hill is a horror film based on the popular Japanese horror game under the same name, the film managed to nearly get a box office double the size of its budget, the plot revolves around parents Rose Da Sliva and her husband Christopher who are both alarmed by their daughters sleepwalking and nightmares about a town called Silent Hill at which 30 years ago massive coal induced fire which forced the town to be abandoned, for some reason her mum Rose decides to take her daughter to Silent Hill to find answers to her daughters questions and sh*t just hits the fan, to say the least.
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Mortal Kombat is a fantasy action film based on the arcade fighting game first released in 1992 a testament to the game’s massive success, however it was not the first movie based on an arcade fighting game with Street Fighter taking that post with their movie being released in 1994, with so many characters in the game the director had to choose a character for the story to revolve around. The plot ultimately revolves around warrior monk Liu Kang, fictional actor Johnny Cage and sexy soldier Sony Blade who all battle the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in a fighting tournament in order to save the world (a bit cliche right?). Despite this the games budget was just $18 million but it managed to make $122 million at its box office.
Street Fighter (1994)
The Street Fighter movie was an outright commercial success making 3 times its budget from its box office despite being less commercially successful than its bitter rival’s movie, Mortal Kombat, which was released a year later. The Street Fighter however was criticized by film critics starting the tradition of video game inspired movies being poorly received by the movie connoisseurs. The movie’s plot is quite detailed and at times complicated but it revolves around a civil war erupting around the fictional nation of Shadaloo City caused by drug kingpin Bison who is demanding a $20 billion ransom in order to release A.N relief workers who are being held hostage.