Many people still think that all the movies based on video games are crap. Nothing could be further from the truth. On our list, you can find 10 solid proofs that video game movies can be good or even great.
Once again, we used Rotten Tomatoes to rank movies based on video games. This is our magic formula: Movie Score = 2 x critics’ score + audience score.
The perfect score is 300.
Score: 125 (critics: 31, audience 63)
Silent Hills shows that movies based on video games don’t have to be exceptional to make a top 10 list. Critics pointed out plotholes and lame dialogues. On the other hand, they praised the visual side of the movie. Fans were more forgiving, so the film based on Konami’s survival horror has a decent audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Moreover, Silent Hill doubled its production budget, while most of the video game movies were financial flops. Its sequel – Silent Hill: Revelation – met with much worse reception and missed our list of 10 worst movies base on video games by only 3 points.
Score: 132 (critics: 28, audience: 76)
If you were a Warcraft fan, you probably fell in love with this movie. But if you didn’t know Azeroth and its mythology, you had no chance to understand what was happening on the screen. There were like 594 main characters and tons of story arcs fighting for your attention. This is one of the reasons, why Warcraft, despite being of the highest-grossing films based on video games, probably won’t get a sequel.
Score: 132 (critics: 37, audience: 58)
While waiting for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, we want to remind you of a movie based on this game. The Sands of Time, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, and Ben Kingsley, is a perfect example of an average film. It’s not terrible in any aspect, but it’s not remarkable either. It’s also another example of a movie that remains a stand-alone movie instead of starting point for a whole franchise. Gyllenhaal admitted that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time taught him to be more careful about picking his roles.
Score: 137 (critics: 35, audience: 67)
Resident Evil is only loosely based on Capcom’s game series. It created a whole new protagonist – Alice – played by Milla Jovovich. Despite negative reviews, it was a financial success. Moreover, Paul W.S. Anderson’s movie gathered a large fan base. As a result, Resident Evil succeeded where most productions failed; it has started a long-running franchise.
Score: 145 (score: 44, audience: 57)
Mortal Kombat was the very first movie that proved a video game adaptation could be pretty decent. Fighting scenes looked astonishing; while, the story was enjoyable and understandable for both the fans and people who had never heard of MK before. The filmmakers did so great that some plot elements (for example, Kano as an Australian) were transferred into the MK lore. Moreover, the music theme became an absolute classic. However, few can name the title of this song.
Score: 159 (critics: 52, audience: 55)
In the first installments in the Tomb Raider series, the lack of Lara’s personality was compensated with outstanding gameplay. Unfortunately, in the movies starring Angelina Jolie, it wasn’t compensated at all. Consequently, her version of Lara Croft could be more unlikeable only if she kicked a puppy. The reboot gave us a significantly different portrayal of the fan’s beloved heroine. The 2018 movie was based on the Tomb Raider (2013) game, so we saw a younger and inexperienced Lara. Alicia Vikander’s version of Miss Croft was far more down-to-earth. Even though the movie wasn’t a masterpiece, it could be a promising start of a franchise.
Score: 162 (critics: 46, audience: 70)
No doubt, Monster Hunter is the biggest surprise on our list. Many said that this movie was going to be a total disaster. Apparently, it isn’t that bad. Although reviews are mixed, the 70% audience score proves Monster Hunter is worth watching. Evidently, Mila Jovovich is a perfect choice if you want to make a movie based on a video game.
Score: 175 (critics: 51, audience: 73)
While Mila Jovovich is a good choice for a video game adaptation, The Rock is a perfect choice for any movie. Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest (figuratively and literally speaking) Hollywood stars right now. His charisma helped Rampage to become the best-received video game movie to date. Of course, giant creatures also played their part in the success of the film.
Score: 213 (critics: 67, audience: 79)
The film based on the 2016 video game was the first live-action movie in the Pokemon franchise. It was certain that fans of pocket monsters were about to storm the theatres. Fortunately, Detective Pikachu turned out to be more than just a fan-pleaser. It’s an enjoyable, heartwarming family movie that grossed $433 million and became a financial and critical success.
Score: 219 (critics: 63, audience: 93)
Sonic the Hedgehog has come a long way from the hated trailer to the universally appreciated movie. Interestingly, it resembles the origins of the original Sonic. The first version of the blue hedgehog was changed due to the insistence of the Sega of America. The new one took the world by the storm. Similarly, the cinematic Sonic has been redesigned because of heavy criticism of the first trailer. Once again, the new look was crucial to the success. Entertaining plot and an outstanding performance by Jim Carey as Dr. Robotnik also played their parts. We’re looking forward to seeing the sequel. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is scheduled for release in 2022.
As you can see, the top places have been won by recent movies. It could be a good sign. Maybe filmmakers have finally learned their lesson and figured out how to make good movies based on video games? We really hope so!