As a rule they're terrible – movies based on videogames. It seems that success in console form doesn't easily translate to box office winner once you coerce a director to take the reins and throw a few actors at it. Although some would argue they're no exceptions to this rule, I differ. Here are five titles that aren't so bad...
This film's success was about the need for the geek ensemble to see Lara Croft doing her thing in the flesh. Well, at the very least seeing two parts of her doing their thing in the flesh. That I'll admit was a cheap shot. The film actually stands up fairly well in the action adventure stakes and Jolie as the English female version of Indiana does a sterling job, as does Chris Barrie as the butler. And this translated in to dollars at the box office with Tomb Raider being the highest grossing action movie of all time starring a female in the lead role.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Although this animated movie has very little if anything to do with the video game franchise whose name it was released under, it is a fine movie. Those hoping to see the stars of the on-going adventures of cute and burly Japanese characters are going to be a disappointed. As what the viewer actually gets are pretty intense ghostly death sequences and trippy dreamscapes.
Radha Mitchell takes her spooked daughter to the very spooky Silent Hill. It's not a sensible thing to do, but when has that ever got in the way of a creepy tale. Typically a car crash leads to Radha losing her daughter and spending the rest of the film searching for her. As she digs about the decrepit town there are loads of nods to the title on which the film is based. For example the metal pipe weapons, the store called M.T. Rooms (there were very few buildings you could enter in the game) and that the music is all from the game apart from Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire.
What could be better than a revengeful cop played by Mark Wahlberg blowing the crap out of everyone? Well, quite a lot actually. Though in the world of movies based on videogames there is little to compete. And it helps that Mila Kunis stars. Plus he's called Max Payne, that's brilliant!
Paul W.S. Anderson a veteran of turning videogames in to money spinning movies is at the helm of this fight between special military outfit STARS, an over active computer and some plants come super-zombie scientists. In the middle of the mix is model actress Milla Jovavich who steps up to the mark to save the world from impending doom! All good stuff with guns and guts a-plenty!
Val Eastwood can't resist a video game movie tie-in and while this mostly results in disappointment he very rarely lets it get to him. When not seeing his favourite console characters being brought to live he works researching all sorts of unusual gifts for the online store Find Me A Gift.