From the ill-fated and conceived Super Mario Bros. movie in 1993 to the sleek but shallow Need for Speed update in 2014, adapting films from video games has largely been a forgettable exercise.
The approximately 28 titles that have made the transition boast a combined Rotten Tomatoes average of just 18%, which isn’t helped by German director Uwe Boll’s efforts House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, Bloodrayne and Postal respectively scoring 4%, 1%, 4% and 7%. Ouch.
Despite all of this gloom though, there have been some adaptations worth the price of admission. In maintaining and slightly tuning where needed the aesthetics of the source material to suit a prompt running time, adjusting plot points and sometimes creating new characters to tell fresh stories, these game-inspired journeys are actually a great deal of fun, and make up…
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