Adaptations of video games to movies are, more often than not, flopped ventures. Still, they provide quite the entertainment value to audiences regardless of inaccuracies and poor film-to-movie translations.
Such adaptations continue to live on even in this day and age. In fact, an upcoming Uncharted movie (starring Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, no less) is already in the works. But what are the other ventures of video games to movies that are worth checking out?
Some of the Adaptations of Video Games to Movies Worth Your TimeLara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
This film marks Tomb Raider’s first venture to live-action adaptations. Though the movie was ultimately met with negative reviews from critics, its star, Angelina Jolie, received praise for her performance. The movie sees Jolie’s interpretation of popular video game icon, Lara Croft, and her journey to obtaining ancient artifacts from the Illuminati. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider saw a sequel with Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, which was released in 2003.
Pokemon: The First Movie (1998)
Pokemon: The First Movie is a notable venture as it is the Pokemon franchise’s first foray into a full-length animated film. Additionally, it introduces super-Pokemon Mew and Mewtwo into the series. It also brings forth even more challenges that test the friendship between Ash Ketchum and his Pokemon.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
Advent Children acts as a direct sequel to the original Final Fantasy VII video game. It takes place two years after the events of Final Fantasy VII. Advent Children treats fans with the return of several favorites from the cast, including Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, Sephiroth, and even a special cameo from Zack Fair. Though the film was met with mixed reviews, its computer-animated graphics were praised overall.
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Many would argue that the Mortal Kombat film may be tacky at best. However, it has gained quite the following in pop culture despite its generally poor reviews. Moreover, its box office performance at the time of its release shows that it is capable of holding its own in the industry.
With newer iterations in the Mortal Kombat game franchise comes news of a Mortal Kombat film reboot. However, updates on such a venture have died down as of late. The upcoming film reboot is rumored to have an R rating, though such talk has yet to be confirmed.
Resident Evil (2002 – 2017)
One of the longest running video games to movies adaptations is the Resident Evil film franchise. Though it is based on the original survival horror video game of the same name, the movie is only loosely based on the video game’s canon.
It features Milla Jovovich as the film’s protagonist, Alice, as she attempts to take down the Umbrella Corporation whilst battling the undead. Notably, the Resident Evil film series is also slated to see a reboot of its own. However, Jovovich will not be participating in it this time around.
Ace Attorney (2012)
Yet another movie adaptation of one of Capcom’s entries is Ace Attorney. This film is based on the Ace Attorney video game series that involves players assuming the role of a lawyer in court. The Ace Attorney franchise has quite the following and has already spawned several sequels and spinoffs.
Meanwhile, the Ace Attorney film is based on the very first entry in the video game franchise, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. This is one adaptation worth checking out if only to see how the film translates some of the ridiculous hairstyles from the original franchise’s characters.
Silent Hill (2006)
The Silent Hill franchise may be a challenging one to adapt into a film. The video games feature quite the nightmarish creatures and sequences, so to translate that kind of scare factor into another medium may not be the easiest of approaches.
Still, the Silent Hill movie came to be, and it was ultimately praised for its visuals and general atmosphere. It is not without its weaknesses, however, such as its subpar dialogue and disorganized plot. The video game sees another film adaptation in the form of Silent Hill: Revelation. Though it stars the likes of Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, Revelation was received poorly by both critics and fans.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)
Whereas Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children acts as a sequel, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV introduces the world of Final Fantasy XV to audiences. The events in Kingsglaive run parallel with the events of the Final Fantasy XV video game. Thus, it supplements even more to Square Enix’s latest entry in the Final Fantasy franchise.
The film follows the Kingsglaive whilst the kingdom of Lucis is caught in the middle of a conflict with the empire of Niflheim. Noctis and his friends do not make an appearance in the film, but a post-credits sequence shows them together on the road, hinting at what takes place in the video game counterpart.
Unreleased Adaptations of Video Games to MoviesThe Last of Us (TBA)
Arguably, The Last of Us is already quite cinematic in its own right. Regardless, this does not stop Naughty Dog from teaming up with Screen Gems to bring The Last of Us to the big screen. Though it has yet to see a release date, the project already looks promising.
The original video game’s writer, Neil Druckmann, is on board as the film adaptation’s screenwriter. However, it’s worth noting that the venture remains stagnant for the time being as per Druckmann’s updates on the adaptation’s current progress (or lack thereof).
Five Nights at Freddy’s (TBA)