Video games have been a rage for decades now. So much so that many filmmakers have attempted to make movie adaptations of several popular games, but not many have managed to please the viewers with their efforts. Today, we bring to you a list of video game-inspired films that deserve your attention right now.
1. The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
We are beginning this list with this amazing animated comedy film, co-directed by debutants Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly. A great fun movie that keeps the kids (and even grown-ups) engaged and glued to the screen for good 90 minutes, The Angry Birds Movie is so colorful and captivating that we don’t find a single dull moment throughout.
2. Warcraft (2016)
Warcraft is a fabulous example of visual thrills, and director Duncan Jones ensured he gave plenty of them to the viewers. With the interesting plot of humans vs orcs, the film does leave most spectators pleased. Great work on the orc animation that is certainly one of the coolest elements in the film.
3. Resident Evil (2002)
The first installment in the series, Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich is truly exceptional as Alice. Written and directed by Paul W S Anderson, the action horror was a box office success. Precisely why we went on to watch its five sequels – Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016).
4. Assassin’s Creed (2016)
Though moviegoers had super high hopes from this actioner, directed by Justin Kurzel, Assassin’s Creed didn’t really live up to the expectations. The action sequences in the movie translation of the video game franchise had us in awe though. The film is worth a watch all for the incredible sci-fi elements as well as its absolutely overwhelming take on the undying struggle between the Creed and the Templar Order.
5. Need For Speed (2014)
A film packed with fast and stylish cars, crazy stunts, electrifying street racing and thrilling car chases, Need For Speed had movie (and video game) enthusiasts sit up and take notice! Though the high-on-action flick is pretty formalistic and predictable in terms of its plot, the Scott Waugh thriller is indeed worth a watch.
6. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Angelina Jolie was so phenomenal in the Simon West action adventure flick that she totally left us speechless with her awe-inspiring avatar as Lara Croft – a relic hunter. A classic fun watch, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider may not have garnered great numbers at the box office, but scores of viewers loved the clever adaptation of the video game.
7. Mortal Kombat (1995)
Paul W S Anderson’s fantasy action drama was so bad that it was good, and pretty much why it’s on this list. Most of the credit goes to the brilliant cinematography and wild and whacky fight sequences. Despite its low ratings, the viewers have loved this film for its unabashed madness in abundance.
8. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Given the cinematic storyline of the video game, its film adaptation, carried out brilliantly by Mike Newell, came across as classic and refreshing from the word go. The fast-paced action fantasy movie is definitely an underrated work that deserves more attention and admiration.
9. Street Fighter (1994)
If you are skeptic of watching this Japanese-American action film, written and directed by Steven E. de Souza, and are actually looking for reasons to watch it, go ahead to check out Raúl Juliá’s outstanding performance as the theatrical villain, M Bison. You must visit this film for its several silly one-liners too.
10. Silent Hill (2006)
The French-Canadian supernatural psychological horror drama, directed by Christophe Gans, tells the story of a mother who is desperate to find the cure for her daughter’s illness. She finally lands into the eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill. Home to an unnerving, living darkness, Silent Hill brings the chills aplenty.
Which one is your favorite?