10 Movies Based On Games

Tuesday, January 25 by Jason Cuthbert

It may be hard to tell the difference between video games and movies due to the vast advancement in digital effect techniques, but both these entertainment worlds have merged with these 10 movies based on games. With the already established followings that video games possess, they tend to be considered hot properties to create movie franchises out of. Maybe you have played these games before, or have seen these movies and had no clue of their previous gaming origins. Either way, these 10 movies based on games provide entertainment choices to take advantage of.

  1. "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider." The highly attractive superstar actress Angelina Jolie stars as the lead character, Lara Croft, in this video game movie that also led to the sequel "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life". Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie's real father, plays her dad in this film which was shot at Pinewood Studios in England, where the James Bond films were also made.
  2. "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within." This animated action-adventure has an all-star casti voicing it's characters: Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, James Woods, Donald Sutherland, and Keith David. This video game film also has the distinction as being the first computer-generated animated movie with photo-realistic depictions of it's characters.
  3. "Resident Evil." Actresses Milla Jovovich from "The Fifth Element" and Michelle Rodriquez from "Avatar" star in this video game movie about the fight against a super-computer and mutated scientists. Even the presidents of Capcom in America and Japan, the company that created the video game "Resident Evil", have cameo appearances in the film as zombies.
  4. "Super Mario Bros." This movie is based on arguably the most popular video game that the Nintendo Entertainment System ever released: "Super Mario Brothers". This 1993 film staring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi, is actually the first major motion picture based on a vide game.
  5. "Street Fighter." This classic arcade video game was the basis for this motion picture adaptation stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as the character Guile. Steven E. de Souza, director and writer of "Street Fighter" has plenty of experience crafting screenplays for action films such as: "Commando", "48 Hrs", "Die Hard", "Die Hard 2", "The Running Man", and "Beverly Hills III" among others.
  6. "Silent Hill." The script for this fantasy-horror film based on a video game was written by Roger Avery, the co-writer of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction". It not only took director Christophe Gans five years to receive the rights to make the "Silent Hill" movie, but he also sent them a video containing an interview explaining what the story meant to him, and footage he shot with his own money.
  7. "Doom." Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as Sarge, the leader of a group of Marines called the Rapid Response Tactical Squad. They are sent to a distant planet to investigate some highly unexplainable situations.
  8. "Hitman." This 2007 movie based on a video game is about a genetically engineered assassin hired by a group called "The Organization". He struggles with problems caused by unexpected emotions brought about by a Russian woman.
  9. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." This Jake Gyllenhaal-starring adventure film was Walt Disney Pictures' first non-"Pirates of the Caribbean" movie to be rated PG-13. This film's director Mike Newell was also at the helm of such diverse movies as "Donnie Brasco" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire".
  10. "Max Payne." Mark Wahlberg played the lead character in this game-based action-crime drama. The cast also includes Ludacris, Mila Kunis, and Beau Bridges.
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