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Why do video game movies suck?

Street Fighter, Rampage and Super Mario are some of the video games that Hollywood adapted for the big screen. They might be nostalgic and beloved from fans but the one thing in common is that they received poor reviews despite performing well at the box office. The recent adaptation of Lara Croft received mixed reviews and moderate box office success. What is the problem with video game movies? Is it Hollywood’s fault because they would rather focus on creating a big-budget popcorn movie than appreciating the heart and soul of those intellectual properties? Or are they just simply not meant to be put on the big screen?

  • Another worthy comparisson would be the Assassin's Creed movie. Also, I would recommend that whoever chooses this topic compare book-game adaptation vs. game-movie. Are book-game-movie adaptations more successful because they have more content to work with? (for instance Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.) – Pamela Maria 2 years ago
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  • There are probably a number of other titles to look at. Here are two more films: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Warcraft (2016) There's even a wikipedia entry (of course!) on video game titles that were made into films: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_based_on_video_gamesI'm not sure if the Resident Evil films would fit, though. They might not actually be adaptations of a video game. – JamesBKelley 2 years ago
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  • Check Out The Recently Made Uncharted Fan-Film with Nathan Fillion. Many fans of the series loved the short film. it does interesting thing with taking the camera behind Nate, just like the games. – Sean Gadus 2 years ago
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  • A good title. What would be needed to make a good movie out of a video game? – Joseph Cernik 2 years ago
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  • Different Mediums require different techniques. I Recommend looking at what Bob Iger said about VR in this video and the differences between film techniques and VR. Gives some insight into how to see differences in film and video games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nenhv6uTdmw – Sean Gadus 2 years ago
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