5 Video Game Movies That Aren’t As Good As The Game

Friday, September 16 by Russell Deza

These video game movies are the perfect treat for gamers and film buffs. Based on top-selling video games, these movies are incredibly fun and exciting. While these video game movies may not necessarily be cinematic classics, they certainly make for some great entertainment.

“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”

Lara Croft tries to thwart a mysterious secret society by locating two mysterious artifacts which hold immense power before they do.The famed video game archaeologist and adventurer was brought to life by the beautiful Angelina Jolie, whose statuesque frame closely mimics her digital counterpart. The way Lara Croft collects treasures and artifacts from ancient ruins was nicely incorporated in the movie. “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” was released in 2001 and spawned another sequel in 2003 with Jolie taking on the lead role once again.

“Resident Evil."

Speaking of strong female leads, former model Mila Jovovich took on the role of the mysterious Alice in four “Resident Evil” films. Based on the popular video game series, Jovovich battles zombies as she tries to regain her memory. Ultra-tough Michelle Rodriguez who plays an elite soldier joins her in the first film. A highly anticipated fifth installment is rumored to be in production.

“Doom."

Fans of the undead came out in droves to see the movie version of “Doom." The video game, almost single-handedly kick started the first person shooter gaming phenomenon. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gets top billing in the movie, but Keith Urban plays the hero as he guns down hordes of aggressive zombies in an attempt to save his men and himself. Gamers were pleasanly surprised by the first person perspective scene when Urban goes into attack mode near the end of the movie.

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” was a popular third-person action-adventure game released for a number of gaming platforms. The film version was released in 2010 and features Jake Gyllenhaal as the heroic Dastan. The young prince battles a villain while protecting an ancient dagger that is said to contain the Sands of Time; magically charged grains of sands that can reverse the flow of time. Joining Gyllenhaal is the lovely Gemma Artenton and the venerable Ben Kingsley.

“Max Payne.”

Mark Wahlberg puts on his best grim and gritty look as he plays hardcore New York City detectiv Max Payne. Payne gets himself assigned to the cold case unit, where tries to find the killer who murdered his wife and baby. The video game "Max Payne" was originally released in 2001 as a game for Microsoft Windows based computers. It had such a huge following that a number of follow up games soon followed.