Today’s video games are interactive movies in a way. Gone are the days when video games had relatively low-quality visuals and sounds. When you look at games like Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider, you’ll get an idea about the improvements. Then there’s this widespread belief that video game adaptations don’t work.
Despite this belief, the film industry comes up with movies based on video games every now and then. With so many video game adaptations being planned, you may witness a Golden Age of video game movies soon. Now, let’s take a look at some of the impressive movies that were based on video games:
1. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is based on a video game of the similar title. The success of Pirates of the Caribbean prompted producer Jerry Bruckheimer to make this movie. It got mixed reviews from critics. However, it was an improvement over the earlier films that were video game adaptations. The movie features Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan and Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina.
It adapted certain elements from the video game, such as the character arc and athleticism of the prince. Of course, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time isn’t perfect and has its flaws. Nevertheless, it’s an enjoyable movie with plenty of action and adventure.
2. Silent Hill
This movie was based on the video game Silent Hill, which was released in 1998 for PlayStation. In the film, the Australian actress Radha Mitchell plays the role of Rose Da Silva. This psychological horror film almost has a similar premise to its source material. It’s about Rose who is on a quest to find her daughter in Silent Hill, a haunted town.
Although it’s not the best horror film, Silent Hill does a great job in many other aspects. It brings the demonic world of the haunted town to the big screen. The film also does well in keeping you on the edge with several tense moments.
3. Mortal Kombat
Although this movie received mixed reviews from the critics, it delighted most of the audiences. It has all the stereotypical elements that you’ll find in the action movies of the 1990s. Regardless of all the criticisms, these elements certainly add a bit of melodrama into the film. Mortal Kombat is quite good with likable cast and characters.
They’re quite different from one another in terms of their personality, but carry a certain degree of charm. The effects in the movie are of no match to current standards, but don’t fail to impress. This video game adaptation from the 1990s will surely give you the right amount of thrills and laughs.
4. Resident Evil
You’ll find the 2001 release of Resident Evil decently entertaining. This is the movie that started the franchise. All the films in the franchise are of varying quality, but the first film is full of tense moments. This is what makes the movie truly enjoyable. Milla Jovovich plays the main character Alice in the film.
The audience back then didn’t know much about the game and the lead character. This made the film even more interesting. Among the major highlights of the film are its mysteries and narrative.