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