Groundbreaking Adaptations of Video Games into Film

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Translating a concept from one medium to another is no small feat, especially when that creative journey involves making the leap from video game to the big screen. Many have tried, and even more have failed (looking at you Double Dragon), but along the way there have been some worthwhile efforts (not looking at you Street Fighter). Without a doubt, here are the very best in pixel to celluloid adaptations.
Groundbreaking Adaptations of Video Games into Film

2Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Though CGI was still finding its own clunky way, the real hotness of Angelina Jolie and her skin tight wardrobe more than made up for any visual artifice in this movie. Still holding the record as the highest-grossing film adaptation of a video game in the US (third worldwide), Tomb Raider gets runner up here for middling out on story. There’s a coveted doomsday artifact, a mysterious set of enemies in the Illuminati, and plenty of ancient temples, but rather than make these concepts its own, the film expected viewers to do the heavy lifting. It could have easily functioned as a story for one of the video game installments but without audience interaction and a (yawn) PG-13 rating, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider didn’t quite live up to its potential. But aside from all that haterade, it was a perfect example of how much can go right when A-list talent mingles with successful gaming. Also, where else are you going to see Angelina Jolie doing “bungee ballet.”

Why there still hasn’t been a Megaman, Contra, or Metroid video game, the world may never know (or even a Double Dragon reboot), but as far as what is out there, the preceding group makes up the very best. Don’t see it this way? Fine, cook up a better list, but chances are it’ll suck ass.

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