I had been struggling for ideas for a few weeks now when Tom A kindly sent me a list of things to write about. Number 1. on his list was ‘My Top 5 Computer Game movies’ and to be honest I have put it off because it is comparable to looking at a selection of walls and deciding which one you would rather have your head smashed against.
I dont’ know this for a fact but I think it is a safe assumption that suits in Hollywood look at all the cash coming into the computer games industry and think ‘we want some of that!’. What they don’t stop to consider is will the story of two Italian plumbers jumping on vegetables/animals heads translate to the big screen? With hindsight we can all agree that it doesn’t, can’t we?
Since the release of Super Mario Brothers in 1993, 29 Computer game based films have been released none of them managing a Rotten Tomatoes score of higher the 43% and averaging somewhere in the low 20’s. Japan love them so much they have release a further 33 films which haven’t made it to our shores thankfully.
A much more successful genre has been movies that include computer game themes or story lines. For example; Tron, War Games, The Lawn Mower Man and the Wizard. I’m a big fan of War Games and through some research on Wikipedia found out there was a sequel released in 2008 ‘War Games: The Dead Code’! This has made this all worthwhile.
I suppose I better stop dragging this out and pick 5 films:
1) Final Fantasy The Spirit Within
2) Tomb Raider
3) Prince of Persia Sands of Time
4) Super Mario Bros.
If you think I have been to harsh or there are better films that I have left out let me know.
Check out the Wiki link below for more stats and a full list of the movies.