We have partnered with Metro Cinema more than once to pair game themed movies with console games (the last time was Resident Evil and Silent Hill double bill). This got me thinking about what my top 5 favorite game movies (I might do the next 5 in the future as a few others id like to give my 2 bits on). Again these are MY favorite, and nothing official.
I watched this randomly on a Sunday and was actually impressed with how they make it work… when it really shouldn’t. The story is insane, the acting is odd, the plot points don’t make sense, and the CG is mostly passable BUT when you mix it all together it’s an enjoyable popcorn flick!
Highlight: The Rock
4. Silent Hill
So. Yeah. This one is crazy, fairly dark, with PRETTY good graphics (that mostly hold up after all this time). This is the most recent one on this list that I have seen and it still a pretty crazy ride(in my opinion) that takes cues from the games PLUS the 3rd act is just CRAZY!
Highlight: When the kid dances in the crazy ladies blood rain.
3. Detective Pikachu
So I had a lot of doubts about this one, reading about its production on news sites, and walked away REALLY surprised! Fun, funny, charming, and self-aware the whole thing comes together and makes for a really enjoyable family flick that ends up more than just the some of its parts.
Highlight: Sad and crying Pikachu singing the Pokemon theme
2. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
So this one might get me in trouble but I think this movie is better than you remember. An AMAZING cast of top talent, computer animation that rivals anything released today, but in a movie from 2001, and a story that isn’t perfect but stands up (and pretty relevant to what’s going on today).
Highlight: The cool gel cushions that the soldiers use in the beginning.
1. Mortal Kombat
One of the earliest, and the oldest on this list, what’s not to love about this movie …. Acting is cheesy, action is slower than you thought, Plot is dumb, CG is BAD (not Mortal Kombat: Annihilation bad … but close) … but THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS MOVIE FANTASTIC! The music alone puts this one on top of my list and then you also get the great character costumes and the environments are really close to the stage design from the game.
Highlight: Anytime Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) says FINISH HIM and you feel like your 12 years old in the arcade again.