We all know the score when it comes to video games movies and vice versa. They can either be okay at max or just complete and total utter crap. We all get excited hearing about the title X being made into a movie and then some of us going even deeper, as in search the internet or magazine, whatever type of media that says details about the film. So then we read it and our hopes are either dashed in the bin or raised the bar of delight.
Anyone here remember the Super Mario Bros film? Pretty bad wasn’t it. How about even worst … Double Dragon? Hey it had the guy who played the T-1000, how bad can it be? Really bad. Street Fighter, King Of Fighters, Dead or Alive, Tekken and God forbid … Resident Evil. The list goes on and even more films are in the work. Gears of War, Uncharted, Silent Hill 2, Resident Evil 4 to name just an handful!
Some of them got lucky. Project Zero (Fatal Frame) was meant to be made into one but was later cancelled. Halo … Well I really hope they don’t bring it out to be honest. But really are we looking at this in the wrong way? We’re expecting a play by play transform into a scene by scene. Now let’s be honest, is that really what we want? Yeah it’d be cool to say “Oh yeah this is the part where …” or “Oh man I remember this part when I played it!” Sure’d it be great but at the same time, we need to look at what alternative storylines can come out of it as well.
Remember these are NOT meant to be canon. Canon meaning it’s not following the official storyline, timeline, whatever. It’s based in its own universe and can rip it into shreds if they want to. We the hardcore fans complain about it and even go as far as not touching the film at all. Don’t get me wrong, some of us do have the one eye open to see how bad it is. Personally I’ll wait till it comes on normal tv channels than pay to watch it in the cinema or cable tv. Problem is, Hollywood are rubbing their hands together and looking at the sales. Paul W. S Anderson, Uwe Boll and others are names that have either made our dreams come true or ruin them so badly that we cry when we hear a new one is been made.
Bit off topic, Paul Anderson to me, destroys anything he touches. AVP (Alien Vs Predator) is a prime example of this. I had a hard time focusing on one of the fight scenes because of the camera angle. It was like the camera man was drunk and didn’t know how to hold the camera at all! Nevertheless I say Paul got lucky with Mortal Kombat. Yeah looking back at it now and you can see how bad the CGI was. But remember, he did something no one else did. He made video games films get taken seriously.
Uwe Boll. I got a lot of reason to dislike his films. If you haven’t seen House of the Dead the movie by him, don’t because you may want to do damage to yourself. If you did, glad you’re still with us. The movie itself was a joke. I had the unforgivable time to watch in horror the Director’s Cut version. How the hell are you gonna mix live action with video game footage?! Seriously it just doesn’t work!!! What were they thinking?! Was the Uwe Boll scoreboard that said : Oh yeah let’s make them run and then when it comes to a door, switch the Dream Cast on and load up House of the Dead 2, add the scene where loads of zombies come at you and then switch it back to live action?! NO MAN! JUST NO!
You’re right. They should just it make it scene by scene. As a fan of King Of Fighters I was on the bench about hearing it been made. Then I heard they was adding time travel to the game. !!! How hard is it to just bring a simple storyline already made and just port it into a film? Seems the answer to that is … Pretty damn hard. The main problem is, no matter how much we scream, shout, kick … Our voices are never heard. All the film makers can hear is money been made. Hell they are so blinded by it now that they have PYD as eyes. What does that stand for? Pounds, Yen, Dollars.
Why don’t we just let the game makers make the movie then? Can it really be that bad? Well … Those who brought Shenmue 2 may remember that they was given Shenmue The Movie. This was a string of cut scenes from the 1st game made for the cinema viewing in Japan. You either liked it or didn’t. Me? I never watched it myself since I wanted to finish the game. Still not played it myself due to the amount of Dream Cast consoles I’ve been through. Going by Wikipedia, there has been more like this, Metal Gear Solid, Red Dead Redemption and more.
Square Enix tried it more than once themselves by making Square Pictures. Final Fantasy : The Spirits Within was a box office flop. After that they appeared on the Animatrix DVD. They closed soon after. What went wrong? It does leave me confused why so many people disliked or even hated Spirits Within. Sure it wasn’t FF7 but back then you always had a new storyline for the new games. So why not the movie? Resident Evil Degeneration was okay at best again. One thing that did bug me about it was Leon having a underwater kiss for that long. Are you serious?! Hopefully the sequel Damnation will be good.
So people I leave you with this question, if you were the director, writer, producer … One of the three, and you had in your hands a triple A title to work on, would you sell your pride just to make money? Or would you let the fan boy in you scream and make the film the way you know it best as?
Thanks for reading!