This post presents a list of the ten worst movies based on video games.
1. DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)
Wrong – great for gamers bad for movie fans. It’s about as stimulating as watching someone else play “Dead or Alive” for nearly ninety minutes on your TV at home. There are some miniscule attempts at character development here and there, but not enough to make us give a damn, as the entire construct of the film is to show plenty of fighting and scantily-clad babes whenever possible.
2. Wing Commander (1999)
“Wing Commander” suffers from the same problems that have plagued its predecessors, plundering elements from “Star Wars”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Top Gun”, “Space: Above and Beyond”, and numerous World War II naval dramas. The resultant hodge-podge script then plods along on cruise control, making the sequence of turns that you would expect it to– romantic sparks will fly, some hotshot will screw up and get someone killed and then feel bad about it, someone will have to be left behind enemy lines to serve the greater good, and Blair will ultimately prove his mettle by using his Pilgrim abilities. Good science fiction, or for that matter good storytelling, is about interesting characters in interesting situations doing interesting things. “Wing Commander” has neither.
3. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
Despite the movie’s desire to spin an epic tale, it feels overlong and repetitive. The production has a drab, murky look that makes the land seem like a depressing place in which to own real estate. The music is overbearing to the point where it’s a distraction. The less-than-special effects appear underfunded (despite a purported $60 million budget) and, except for a bit of coolness showing how wizards travel, look pretty cheesy. The battle between krugs and humans is filmed in such a way that we aren’t supposed to notice the limited number of extras involved in the action. Wandering through Middle Earth was like going on a journey of discovery. Wandering through the world of In the Name of the King is like getting lost in a local patch of woods on a rainy day.
4. BloodRayne (2005)
Bloodrayne is based off the video game of the same name, and is directed by notorious german director Uwe Boll. It’s just amazing how the cinematic world allows people like Boll to do whatever they want to ruin successful video game franchises. In this case the victim is “Bloodrayne”. The movie features dreadful acting, shameful dialogue and a sex scene that is so preposterously bad there just aren’t words to describe it. Save the 2 hours of your life that you will never get back – don’t watch this movie.
5. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
So – how do you take a film based on a fighting game and make it boring! You can make it hammy and retarded for sure, the Jean Claude Van Damme film proved that (bad Jean Claude Van Damme movie – repetitive? Oh yeah), but how do you make it boring?! It’s fighting! Well, here are a few things that suck about this movie:
- Characters bare no resemblance to the source material.
- A lot of characters are left out including staples like Ryu, Ken and Akuma.
- There’s not very much fighting in a fighting game movie.
- The few fight scenes make the choreography in an old power rangers episode look like The Matrix.
- Why would you make the first live action street fighter movie in 15 years about chun li???? How about RYU, the main character!!! AAARGHH!
- It’s not even bad enough to laugh at, just enough to make you fall asleep.
6. Double Dragon (1994)
the weirdest scene has to be the penultimate fight. Billy and Jimmy are fighting amongst a crowd in the Power Core lair, which looks way too much like the Foot Clan club from the first Ninja Turtles movie. Then, Billy and Jimmy go one on one, and an actual Double Dragon arcade game is in the set. That is almost cosmic. That would be like in Pokemon, and Ash walks by a shop selling Pokemon Red and Blue for 35 PokeDollars each. It’s broken quickly, but then, they smash a bunch of other arcade games.
7. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
The film does end, and with a climatic final battle between good and evil that somehow manages to be just as nondescript as the rest of the fights that preceded it. Even Rayden’s death fails to make the final battle interesting. “What? Lord Vegan is dead? Good! Who else needs to die so that this vapid film can finally end? Kill ‘em!” – please.
8. Super Mario Bros (1993)
Many fans of Nintendo’s famous Mario franchise felt betrayed by this movie. Save for a few in-jokes, character names and extremely vague themes, the film has absolutely nothing to do with the Nintendo games we grew up playing. Not a thing. In fact, it rewrites the lore in such a way that it’s virtually unrecognizable as a “Mario Movie” — if not for the fact that Bob Hoskins and John Lequizzaaaiaimamo don the classic outfits later on in the film, watching this flick with the mute button in effect would instill no sense of anything related to Nintendo whatsoever.
9. Alone in the Dark (2005)
Alone in the Dark is one of the most critically and commercially reviled films of the last decade – this movie is a mess. It’s confusing, you never get to know any character enough to care about them, the acting is awful (for which I blame the director – not the actors) and the action sequences are poorly choreographed. The director just made one bad decision after another. Alone in the Dark currently ranks #44 on the list of the worst films of all time on IMDB right between the monkey movie Ed and the comedy classic Phat Girlz. IMDB rating: 2.2
10. Doom (2005)
Doom’s humor is so predictably stuck in one liners that it’s sad. And the drama isn’t much better, culminating in a flashback scene where one of the gruff hired killers stops shooting stuff for a sec to a have a “mommy NOOOOooooooo!!!!” flashback (an actual quote). This is the failure of Doom: it takes itself way too seriously. We’re not here for the plot. C’mon, It’s Doom, a game about going to Mars to kill zombies. On top of all this, after a pretty underwhelming showdown, the movie ends very abruptly and I was left sitting there thinking “that’s it?”. Love The Rock – hate the movie. Rotten Tomatoes rating: 1 star