With Hollywood always hungry for new ideas, it makes sense that they should turn to the popular world of Xbox and PlayStation gamers when it comes to new movies. There’s a variety of movies that have been inspired by video games, just as most good action movies always end up with a video game version. However, these video game movies have been met with much criticism, with many pro gamers and movie buffs saying that they simply don’t cut it for them. But, if you’ve just bought a shiny new HDTV and want to watch some movies that have been adapted from your favorite video games, here’s a list of the best ones, compiled by geeks everywhere. And, don’t forget to check out DISH Network if you’re still looking for a good satellite TV deal to watch these films.
With the video game being so popular, it made sense to bring out a movie based around the story (and a TV series is on the way as well!). Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as leaders of a commando team that are tasked with breaking into ‘the hive’, an underground genetics laboratory that’s operated by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. A deadly virus has been unleashed in ‘the hive’, killing all the staff and resurrecting them as the evil Un-dead. In three hours, can the team shut down the lab and stop the virus from taking over the Earth?
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Based on the adventures of one of the most successful interactive video game characters in history, this movie stars Angelina Jolie as the beautiful and clever Lara Croft. She travels to exotic locations in search of treasures and artifacts in ancient tombs, and races against time and villains in order to stop the secret Illuminati from taking over time.
A trio of martial art fighters – government agent Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson), action movie pro Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) and Shaolin monk Lui Kang (Robin Shou) are personally chosen and mentored by Lord Rayden (Christopher Lambert). After undergoing a series of intense training, the three are sent to Outworld, the site of an interdimensional fighting tournament, where they must take down the demon warriors of the villainous Shang Sung, played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Will Shung render defeated, or will they lose, allowing him to take over the world?
Need for Speed
Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a struggling custom car builder and street-racer who spends two years in prison after being framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit. Once he’s released from prison, he sets out to reacquire the fastest car his old workshop ever built, and enters a highly secretive race known as The DeLeon, where the risks and the stakes are sky-high. Need for Speed is a thrilling story about love, redemption, revenge – and very, very fast cars.
Have you seen a movie based on a video game that you think deserves a mention? Is your all-time favorite movie an adaptation of a video game, or are you a gamer who’s wondering why your favorite game hasn’t been made into a movie yet? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.