For what it's worth, I didn't mind Resident Evil 1 or Doom, either. Neither are going to win any Oscars, nor did in Doom's case the storyline more than tenuously match any of the Doom games (pretty much the only thing was Marines on Mars, IIRC), but both I enjoyed because they were a) campy as hell and b) they weren't afraid to push the gore and violence forward. That's not generally the reason I see a movie- b), I mean- but that they made both movies whose game versions were quite visceral just as gory and creepy as the games' reputations implied. When I think about Resident Evil, the whole plot, setup and locales are simple and thoroughly brainless but it's just so damned fun to watch! (That and it's got a great soundtrack; see my post elsewhere.) I never saw RE1 in the theatres (two or three times so far on the local alt station) nor played any of the RE PC games, but I really enjoyed watching it. Besides Milla Jovovich, AFAIK all of the actors were pretty much unknowns and for a movie based on a game, the acting was great. Total suspension of disbelief by the time the commando team grabs Milla and the cop and heads downstairs.
Doom wasn't _quite_ so good, but I still enjoyed it. Saw it on opening night back in 2005 at the local suburban megaplex, and while the theatre wasn't packed and nobody dropped a load by the time the credits rolled, I didn't regret plopping down the $10 for a seat. Plot-wise, it wasn't identical to the games but it was close enough that it was very enjoyable. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson made an impressive Sarge, and the ending for me came completely out of the blue. (I.E. who ends up surviving and being the hero.) The whole 'genetic breakthrough mucks with human DNA' instead of demons from Hell was the biggest disappointment for me, but I have a feeling somebody on the production realized that sticking Satan and Hell into a movie based on what was initially a teenager's PC game would have been a poor choice. I don't have a problem with it, mind, but what's done is done.
Lastly, I'm glad someone mentioned Mortal Kombat (the first one). Christopher Lambert made an absoutely _perfect_ Rayden; a rather powerful deity involved with the competition but instead of being the 'teleporting nasty guy' he ends up providing Robin Shou's Liu Kang and Linden Ashby's Johnny Cage with hints and encouragement- and understanding the limits of how much help he can provide and where he can do it- sort of like a 'position of authority' who knows that Shang Tsung- played _awesomely_ by Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa, who I think stole the show while being the nastiest bastard in the tournament's hierarchy- is going to mess with things (and does at the beginning, while Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade (who finally get a real name in the movie!) are on their way to Outworld on the 'leaky boat' and Rayden himself steps in when Sub-Zero and Scorpion break the rules (and as such, Rayden can interfere). Acting was excellent, involved enough of the scratch or two of plot in the actual game to make it stick, and IMHO the various fighting techniques used in-movie were superbly choreographed. The soundtrack- the first game adaptation movie soundtrack I ever bought back in 1995- was equally good, and introduced me to bands like Fear Factory, Sister Machine Gun, Juno Reactor, Napalm Death (later Enslaved) and Type O-Negative.
The only thing worse then a game made from a movie is a movie made from a game.
Where the hell is my Warhammer 40k movie dammit!
I want Space Marines versus Space Orks versus Eldar.
Wish they would just make an awesome Metal Gear Solid movie.
A new sense of nuisance.
8th December 2003
GamingUpdateWish they would just make an awesome Metal Gear Solid movie.
Actually, I have heard mentions about making a Metal Gear Solid movie... Not sure if it's a rumor or some bullshit.
So long as there are those that will want to watch these types of movies they will make them. Some have been good at crossing over while others should have been left alone.
Good God, has anyone seen the Dead or Alive movie trailer!? ::shudders::
I wouldn't want to Dan.
Games like Splinter Cell and Metal Gear would make excellent movies, with the right actors.
These days I reckon Clive Owen could play anyone, he'd do for Snake character I reckon.