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The History of Video Game Movies (By Tomatometer)

by | April 26, 2016 | Comments

Ratchet & Clank: Recently re-imagined for your PlayStation 4, now appearing on the big screen for the first time. The movie invites viewers back to see the origin team-up of the duo (one a robot, the other a bobcat-ish thing, probably a descendant of prolific serial killer Bubsy), which inspires this week’s 24 Frames gallery: a history of video games-based movies by Tomatometer!

  • Nicelander

    My personal favorites out of these would be the first Mortal Kombat and Dead or Alive. However, I must admit the first Silent Hill movie is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. Crossing my fingers for Ratchet & Clank and Warcraft. 2016, please don’t let us down.

    • drd7of14

      Assassin’s Creed this year as well. Quite a big year for video game movies, we don’t typically get 3 in one year.

    • Nose Goblin

      Forget about Warcraft… It looks like it’s going to be horrible.

  • jgames111 .

    Pokemon is the only good movie, and Final Fantasy 7 being okay.

  • vincent

    i felt the tomb raider wasn’t great, but felt it did well in giving me the vibe of the tomb raider universe. And I actually enjoyed Doom lol. it’s one of those movies i don’t mind checking out if it’s on tv on a slow day.

  • Almight

    it boggles my mind that they mess up adaptations that have an already defined, logical and dare i say, interesting story and set of characters… granted it’s easy to hire a decent actor and make the movie look nice and you’ll almost certainly make money, but in the case of silent hill and mortal kombat it should be so easy to make them good. on the other hand it would be nearly impossible to make a good semi faithful movie of RE or doom… 95% of the time the player is completely alone and not a complicated character at all so theres nothing to work with.

  • Richter Belmont

    The best video game movie is Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva.

  • I totally forgot what a plague Uwe Boll was. Glad he’s been out of the business long enough that I did actually forget about him.

    Fingers crossed that Ratchet and Clank is the first excellent video game movie. The main series has already earned acclaim for feeling like the experience of playing a Pixar movie instead of watching it, so the translation to full on cinema shouldn’t be hard at all, at least in theory.

    • Superior Spider-Man

      and then you look up to see Uwe Boll directing Devil may Cry.

      I agree. Outside of FFVII:AC, there hasn’t been a great Video game movie. I mean I feel that Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil 1 (I know, I know…) were ok, but they were not great.

      • I’m looking for a single franchise to be done justice on the big screen, but I suppose you could fudge the rules a bit and say that Wreck-It Ralph was the first truly excellent video game movie too, barring the way the ending tried to be extra happy.

        Part of the problem may be that most video games are too big to be condensed into movies. Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga is practically a movie already, with the Mario Bros. being a pair of Charlie Chaplins in a kingdom that’s all about jokes, but how much of that content would they have to cut to make it a feature film? That kind of reduction surgery would almost definitely result in a lobotomy, internal bleeding, or some other gruesome disaster.

        Based on the early reviews, that may have been what happened to Ratchet & Clank. Either that, or the critics aren’t very good. The negative reviews cite issues like attitude and lack of originality, which don’t sound like substantial gripes.

  • FlixtheCat

    Soooooo many bad movies.

  • Claudio

    the silent hill score ist totally undeserved. it’s a tense horrorfilm and a great and honest videogame adaptation.

    • KomariVolta

      The sub-plot with Sean Bean’s character drags it down quite a bit from being as good as it could have been. Stupid studio mandated male character.

      • Monica Tiffany

        You know, the reason why almost all the characters are female is pretty sexist. Christophe Ganz stated that when he first saw the original material, he thought that Harry Mason is more like a woman. It’s as if in his mind a man shouldn’t be that worried or care about his missing kid.

    • Tyler Yaeger

      Yeah, one of like 2 that are decent on here. That and most of the first Resident Evil movie were OK. After that, RE was a mess.

    • Josh Evans

      I really appreciate the tone the first Silent Hill film set, but outside of that it really lacked the emotional depth and symbolism of the game. It tried to be both serious and fanservice at the same time which really dragged it down in my opinion.

    • Vausch Abendroth

      Except for changing the main character into a woman just to force in “Mother is god in the eyes of a child”, adding in Sean Bean doing nothing because they felt they needed a male lead too, using all the wrong monsters (seriously every monster is from Silent Hill 2), having no subtlety about the reasoning to go to the town, making the cultists witch burners instead of trying to birth their god in physical form, adding in an unnecessary additional antagonist, having almost all the bad guys be cultists instead of monsters, Cybil’s pointless sacrifice, and changing the names of the leads, yeah it was totally honest and faithful.

      I can appreciate that the effects of the film were nice, but it was overall just a really bad movie. Especially to fans of the franchise. If they’d made it an original story then it would’ve gone over much better, but as it stood it was just pissing on the original. The sequel went even worse when they tried to fix it by shoehorning the story of Silent Hill 3 into a messed up version of SH1, which caused so many contradictions. Fun fact: because of the attempts to tie in the two and creating all these extra characters they didn’t need, they accidentally made Heather and her…ugh, love interest, Vincent cousins!

  • Psyonikx

    I love how the Hitman frame is referencing the 2007 movie, but the image is from Hitman: Agent 47 from 2015.

  • Psyonikx

    Be prepared to add Shinobi to the long list of legendary video game movie adaptations.

  • Bad Voodoo

    “Sure to please fans of the video game.” Yep, and that’s what they set out to do. The Doom movie doesn’t deserve as much flak as the rest of these. Neither does the first Silent Hill movie. It’s a great movie for the fans, and if they can satisfy the fans of the game that should count for something.

  • Here at rotten Tomatoes rating is set by a few people.
    Imo more accurate rating is on imdb. Movies like DoA, Prince Persia and Silent Hill are really good

  • Guy Dudebreaux

    Why do they keep churning out video game movies? The average score is hovering around 18%.

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