It’s a running joke in gaming, and I presume in the film industry too, that movies based on video games are terrible. Every once in a while, someone tries to make a film out of a popular game and, almost without fail, the movie is laughed out of the theaters. There hasn’t been a single movie, with the possible exception of Tomb Raider, to get higher than “mediocre.” Even the Resident Evil franchise, initially an adaptation in name only, became worse in direct proportion to how much it tried to be like the games.
That’s too bad because it reflects badly on the games themselves. Most of the games adapted are popular because they’re good. Tomb Raider? Good! Mortal Kombat? Good! Super Mario Bros.? Good since 1985! Dead or Alive? Uh . . . I’ll get back to you on that one.
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