Binge Watch: Video Game Films

Happy Sonic the Hedgehog 2 week. In case you didn’t know, Sonic, the most famous character from the early days of SEGA, makes his second cinematic appearance tomorrow. Plus, Jim Carrey’s wild mustache. Anyway, for Binge Watch this week, I decided to look at five other films famously adapted from popular video games for those that want to live vicariously even more through film.

Super Mario Bros. (1993)
It’s fair to say my first video game obsession was with Mario and Luigi. I was pumped when a live action film was to be released but let’s just say Mario and Luigi deserved better. This film features Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the overall-clad plumbers, while Dennis Hopper plays the villain. It’s a train wreck. Maybe fun at times, but still a train wreck.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Street Fighter (1994)
Apparently Mario Bros. wasn’t enough, as the next year Street Fighter was adapted into a film. It’s probably more famous for being Raul Julia’s final screen credit than for anything about the storytelling here. Jean-Claude Van Damme is in it, but it’s still not a great watch.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Lara Croft has been an obsession for gamers for years, in this first cinematic exploration Angelina Jolie played the part. Her real-life father, Jon Voight, played her father in the film as well. The action was kind of fun and I enjoyed this film for what it is. Daniel Craig is fun in this as well, and I think it’s better than the sequel or the reboot, but maybe that’s just me.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Resident Evil (2002)
Another incredibly popular game fronted by a kick-ass female, this one played by Milla Jovovich. Director Paul W.S. Anderson does a nice job with the action and giving it some horror movie vibes. This one spawned five sequels and a re-boot in 2021. Still, this one remains the best of the films in my opinion.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Assassins Creed (2016)
This was a curious film. A video game adaptation released in December and featuring a loaded cast led by Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling. All that seemed promising but this film isn’t great. In fact, it’s a disaster of a watch. Aside from spending the run time wondering what they hoped to achieve, this one can probably be skipped.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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