For gamers, 2016 is the year that every game we've been waiting on either comes out or finally gets a release date. Unfortunately, it's also the year we're reminded that video games simply don't make great films. Many, myself included, believe it will eventually happen. An Oscar worthy cinematic experience based on video games is just around the corner, I can feel it. Until then, here's some attempts to merge the mediums that weren't really that bad.
Prince of Persia
Sure, Prince of Persia committed a lot of the most noticeable sins films commit. It cast Jake Gyllenhaal as a Persian with a weird British accent, all of which is wrong. The computer graphics were often ridiculous, and Ben Kingsley antagonist was almost laughably cliché. Still, when it comes to general story telling chops, the story is largely coherent and kind of fun. If you're okay with dumb fun, in that you'll probably forget it shortly after the credits, you could do a lot worse then this one.
While the sequel may have been just south of ludicrious, Silent Hill managed to be fairly scary while managing to tell an exciting, albeit trite, story. While many fans of the franchise decried certain things, like Pyramid Head's inclusion and the drastic change of the protagonist, the film still manages to be somewhat unsettling. At the very least, if the game had never existed, it would still be a throw away horror film. Fortunately, it's better than Doom, so hey, there's that.
- Super Mario Bros.
Okay, hear me out. I know, having watched this film in the last few years, that it's really bad. The kind of bad that requires apologizing to yourself pretty much every second it's on. However, when I was a kid, I didn't care about how ridiculous it was, I loved it. Perhaps that means I have no business writing my opinion on film, but perhaps it means that, for children, this movie still holds it's merits. Yes, almost every actor in the film disowned it. Yes, it went from a joyful tale of a man saving his beloved from an evil dragon, to the tale of two New York stereotypes saving the girl from a group of Warriors-esque dinosaur men. Kids watch a lot of stupid stuff, and honestly, there's much dumber than this.
Resident Evil: Extinction
Finally, and I'm sure this will be another controversial decision, but the third Resident Evil film is easily where the series broke away from the source material, and tried something new. Moving the excitement to the desert, and grounding it's characters felt more natural. Sure, everyone was still a ninja, for no reason, and the plot was often vapid. Still, it's was an exciting entry in a series that often dangles over predictable and silly.
So, there we are. I expect plenty of people could bring objection to any of these. But, if you really look at them, they aren't the worst films ever made. Their just REALLY not the best.
Disclaimer - DO NOT watch the Super Mario Bros movie unless you have children. Child like ignorance is required for that one, and even sometimes that's not enough.