CDG: The Decaying of Video Game Movies

"How we gonna get in there? I got two words for you: Im-possible." We've been showering acclaim (or disapproval) on video game franchises such as Tomb Raider, Super Mario Bros, Resident Evil, Far Cry, and Max Payne for decades now. These franchises have been synonymous with the video games industry, and have also been household names for years. Video game franchises that have been entrenched in media ranging from video games, television, music, comic books, and movies. Even your grandmother knows who the legendary plumbers Mario and Luigi are, doesn't she? And if she doesn't, someone will probably remind her after I've published this article. But is legendary really the right adjective? As you may also remember these franchises as hilariously dreadful video game movie spin-offs. Yes! Who could forget how much of
an abomination a movie Super Mario Bros was? Awful movies like these have in a span of two hours tarnished franchises that have deep-rooted legacies decades in the making....

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Pozzle1744d ago

Are they really decaying? I mean, they were never really good to begin with. (excluding a few exceptions).

yugovega1744d ago

most were good from a film standpoint. popcorn movies like mortal kombat, tomb raider, and resident evil. and all the re movies have been fairly well reviewed for he types of movies they are. I mean were they ever going to win awards? there just havn't been videogame movies lately so how can they decay?

Pozzle1744d ago

I don't know if I'd say "most" were good tbh. The ones you listed seem to be the exceptions. Most game movies are pure crap from both a film and a fan standpoint, like Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-li, Super Mario Bros, Dead or Alive, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and any of Uwe Boll's game movies (particularly Alone in the Dark and the Bloodrayne films) just to name a few.

Though the reputation of game movies can't exactly get any worse at this point. The crappy ones that came out 20 years ago are just as bad as the crappy ones that came out in the past 5-7 years. But I do agree that the better ones deserve a bit more credit. Mortal Kombat is a decent enough popcorn flick, and Prince of Persia wasn't half as bad as critics said it was. Even Silent Hill got a lot of flak from critics for being too confusing and gory, but is it really worse than the average horror movie? I don't think so. The first RE movie wasn't too bad either, though the latter films are downright nonsensical and constantly contradict the previous films. I'd wager the main reason they do so well at the box-office is because the audience can turn off their brains for 2 hours and watch Milla Jovovich kicking ass, and not because they're genuinely interested in the characters or the story or even the zombies.

Max-Zorin1744d ago

The only video game movie I liked was Mortal Kombat 1.