Friday Five: Best Video Game Movies

Movies based on video games are infamous for generally being terrible. Often there’s just not a whole lot in the source material to pin 2 hours of cinema on — Mortal Kombat, for example, is a game where people fight in small rooms a lot. Good story writing isn’t something that’s been emphasized in games in the past, but it’s essential in a movie.

Let’s see if we can find any good ones, hmm?

1) Resident Evil

The best of the bunch, in my opinion. The first Resident Evil movie acknowledged the original source material and expanded upon it in an enjoyable way. The rest of the series is hit-and-miss (no one should ever watch RE2) but this one is a legitimately good movie.

2. Silent Hill

Another one that worked with the original story but didn’t feel limited by it. I know this is two horror movies in a row, but for whatever reason Hollywood seems to have a better record of turning horror games into movies than action games.

3. Indie Game: the movie

Okay okay, not so much a movie based on a video game, but I’m still counting it! This documentary is even better now, years after it first came out, because we know even more of how everyone’s life went after their game launched. Jonathan Blow has yet to release another game after Braid, Edmund¬†Mcmillen and company had the huge hit Binding of Isaac (PS: I want Mewgenics now!) and poor Phil Fish flipped out and quit.

4. Final Fantasy: Advent Children

Is this a great movie if you’re not already a Final Fantasy nerd? Probably not. But who cares?

5. Ummmmmmmmmm.

A fifth awesome movie based on a video game huh. Hmm. Well, there’s.. look, does Tron count?

Author: Jessica Cook

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  1. Great article! It’s always fun to come up with lists like this. I never did get around to watching Indie Game: The Movie, I need to do that.

    I was thinking, if you were going to count that one as that is a grey area, then Wreck it Ralph might be a good one :D technically that one has dozens of games in it, though the two MAIN games are fictional. :)

    I think Mortal Kombat and DOA should get special mentions on their own, not because either one is actually a good movie, but they are incredibly fun given they built movies based on practically no plot at ALL, like you alluded to above with MK.

    The Lara Croft movies are okay too, far from good movies but they do get the spirit of the game right, even if there is definitely too much fan service here and there.

    Now on the flipside, if you want to make a worst of list, that’ll be just as hard – Super Mario Bros, Wing Commander, Prince of Persia, Street Fighter (SO BAD), MK2, so many to pick from!

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    • Thanks, Suboshi. I’m not a fan of the Lara Croft movies — I think Angelina Jolie is a good Lara, but the plots are super flimsy.

      Wreck-It Ralph would count, I think!

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  2. Is it shameful to admit that I kinda liked the Street Fighter movie?

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