Movies based on video games are often as entertaining as videogames made from movies, which isn’t very entertaining at all. But some do rise above the usual tat and provide a well constructed take on our beloved game series. Movie rental company LOVEFiLM surveyed over 1500 film and gaming fans on what they consider the best game-to-film adaptations and unsurprisingly, video game heroines took the top three spots. Radha Mitchell‘s talents in the 2006 Silent Hill movie was the overall winner with 15% of votes and rightly so. I’ve seen eight out of the top ten films and would agree that Silent Hill felt the truest adaptation of the game it was based on. Sure the male lead was changed to be female but the overall creepiness felt similar to a stint with Konami’s survival horror. Nipping at Mitchell’s heels is Angelina Jolie‘s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with 14% and like Silent Hill, took the game’s concepts and treated them respectfully. Then comes Resident Evil taking 13% of votes starting Milla Jovovich‘s portrayal of Alice which was so successful its had three sequels – one of them, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, appearing at number 8. The often hated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within takes the number five spot and was a film that I very much enjoyed despite its apparent unpopularity. The 1993 Super Mario Bros and 94’s Street Fighter also make the list, benefitting from their ‘so bad its good’ appeal. I’m glad to see the Mortal Kombat movie up with the best as it’s one of my favourite gaming movies and full of neat little references to the arcade/console hit.
The top ten can be seen below. Would you agree with LOVEFiLM’s members?
- Silent Hill (2006) 15%
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) 14%
- Resident Evil (2002) 13%
- Hitman (2007) 10%
- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) 7%
- Mortal Kombat (1995) 6%
- Super Mario Bros. (1993) 5%
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) 4%
- Street Fighter (1994) 3%
- Max Payne (2008) 2%