A few weeks ago, I asked for video game movie recommendations — I asked for the good, the bad, and the pure ugly. I wanted it all. Being the fantastic people that you all are, I was provided with quite the list. Unfortunately time is limited, and I was only able to get through a few of these films. With that being said, I will be finishing those movies in the near future, and making another article like this! If any of you have any more video game film recommendations, please leave them in the comments below!
It’s common for a video game film to completely bomb. You can even check out Screenrant’s list of The 15 Worst Video Game Movies or Gamespot’s 27 Awful Video Game Movies, Ranked From Bad to Worst to see how many of these films actually just.. suck. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to take this journey — to see if they’re truly as awful as everyone says.
So, enough chatter — here goes!
Resident Evil (2002)
— okay, let me get this out of the way: turns out, I’m not a Resident Evil fan. Never was and as much as I try, probably never will be. Sure, I did a review on Resident Evil 7 & yeah, it was filled with tons of praise (look, it was enjoyable and to me didn’t feel like a Resident Evil game). I’m not going to give up yet though! As I still have some of the games in my collection that needs to be played.
It has been a little over a week since I’ve watched this movie, and maybe I should have written this review the moment the credits rolled, because for the most part, it was a pretty forgettable film. There are a few aspects that I enjoyed: mainly, Michelle Rodriguez and some of the gory scenes (I’m pretty sure that the image of the woman getting caught in the elevator doors is officially branded into my brain).
Also, the final scene does encourage me to attempt the sequels — so again, I’m not giving up just yet.
Assassin’s Creed (2016)
It honestly wasn’t horrible. Nor was it a masterpiece. It was simply alright.
When it comes to the Assassin’s Creed series, I enjoy the sequences that take us to the past, because, I mean, that’s the main point, right? Sure, I love Desmond, but if the game focused more on his modern day shenanigans and not as much on Ezio, then the game just wouldn’t be so great.
And that’s where this film went wrong. A majority of it kept us in the present, instead of allowing us to travel and spend more of our time in 15th-Century Spain. If anything, Assassin’s Creed serves as a boring action film and makes me miss the video games.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
I’m sure most of you do not think ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ when it comes to an article about watching video game films, but alas: it’s a film, I love Disney, and where else are you going to find Ryu from Street Fighter at the pub? Of course, being me, a person obsessed with Disney, I have seen this movie in the past — but I love an excuse to re-watch a perfect film and consider it a “business assignment“.
If you haven’t seen Wreck-It Ralph, what are you doing with your life? Also, here’s the low-down for you: Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is the villain in a video game called Fix It Felix. For a decade, he is forced to watch Felix bathe in glory time and time again; but Ralph is tired and is ready to take matters into his own hands. Alright, here’s the moment where you go buy, rent, whatever the movie so that you can see what happens next.
Wreck-It Ralph features several different guest appearances: Sonic the Hedgehog, Clyde (from Pac-Man), multiple characters from Street Fighter, and more! And introduces us to one of the cutest and feistiest characters in a Disney film, Vanellope von Schweetz.
And the good news is, we can expect Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet next Spring! The sequel will be bringing back all of the Disney princesses with the original living voice actors, and even characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars!
Need for Speed (2014)
I’ve played and enjoyed one Need For Speed video game and that was Need For Speed: Underground. I couldn’t tell you why; I could barely remember the game, and the only recollection I have from this time is that my cousin loaned it to me. I don’t care for fast cars, I don’t like Fast and the Furious, and the only racing game that matters to me is Mario Kart. So why did I choose to watch Need For Speed? Easy. Rami Malek.
And, as I expected, he was the best part about this film. I can barely form words about my feelings towards this movie, because I have none; I do not care for this film whatsoever, besides that one scene where Rami Malek walks through his place of employment, completely nude.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Picture it: a pint-sized human, no older than six, sitting cross-legged on the floor; eyes wide as she watches her father take control of a woman who somehow manages to walk across a tight-rope, climb up cliffs, and in general, kick some ass. It was new to me; one of the first video games that I got to enjoy (second-hand, of course) that didn’t consist of playing matching games with Barney, or trying to help the world’s favorite plumber save Princess Peach.
I think it’s safe to say that, Lara Croft is a huge part of my life. Starting in 1996, we were blessed with the first Tomb Raider on PS1, and now, twenty-one years later we have countless sequels, spin-offs, hand-held versions, and of course, the Angelina Jolie film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Twenty-one years of loving the Tomb Raider!
I went back-and-forth from enjoying this film a little and absolutely hating it. I shouldn’t have expected much; I’ve heard several horrible reviews by family and friends, but listen, I don’t listen. I like to march to the beat of my own drum. Perhaps, my distaste for this film is due to the fact that I did expect too much. I love Lara Croft. Lara Croft deserves a perfect adaption. Lara Croft did not deserve this mediocre film. It honestly fell flat most of the time — I developed no emotions toward any of the characters, and honestly? My Lara Croft would never wear tacky sunglasses.
I’d honestly be less hard on this movie if it wasn’t labeled a Tomb Raider film. Let’s hope the 2018 adaption, starring Alicia Vikander, does it better.
Silent Hill (2006)
Here’s another re-watch from my video game journey! Silent Hill is a series that I have always always loved, and like Tomb Raider, was something that played a large role in the development of my love for video games.
I love most things creepy, eerie, and downright spooky. And Silent Hill manages to satisfy these needs. This movie wasn’t terrifying — it didn’t induce any nightmares, it didn’t have an amazing mind-blowing plot, but they did create the perfect Silent Hill atmosphere; from the fog to the creatures crawling around to the sound effects, it felt like we were in Silent Hill, and for me, that’s all I wanted.