Five Video Games With Cinematic Potential
There have been over 30 video games adapted into movies and, honestly, out of all of the video game adaptations there was really only one good one and that's Mortal Kombat from 1995. That movie is the perfect blend of campiness and badass action. It was the first time where the actors felt like the characters were plucked straight from the video game itself. The sequel, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, may not have been good but neither have a lot of the other video game movies before and after such as Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter, Alone In The Dark, Max Payne and both of the Hitman movies. But I don't think we should give up on video game movies, and from the looks of it no one else is. With Warcraft already been released earlier this year and the much anticipated Assassins Creed and the final Resident Evil film approaching, video game movies will continue to be made. So here's a list of some video games that I personally think would potentially be the best to adapt into a movie.
BioShock is an amazing horror adventure game set in the underwater city of Rapture. A movie based off of this video game has actually been in talks for years. It just never seems to go anywhere. I think it's the perfect time to finally get started on this movie. There is something for every horror fanatic: giant zombie like creatures with a drill for a hand, creepy little girls with glowing eyes, a jump scare around every corner, and a M. Night Shyamalan-like twist at the end. It would make a great horror movie. Make it rated R and release it on Halloween.
#2 Shadow Of The Colossus
Shadow of The Colossus is a about a boy named Wander trying to resurrect a young girl, Mono, by riding the land of the 16 giant creatures The Colossi. Director and Film legend Guillermo Del Toro has expressed interest in doing a Shadow of the Colossus movie, and after Pacific Rim it's safe to say that he can do giant monsters really well. It doesn't need to show the main character going after every single one of the Colossi, either. I'd be fine with it showing the first two, then a montage of the next twelve and then the last two. The movie, just like the video game, should only center around the main character, Wander, along with his horse, also I don't think the should have to reference ICO the first game at all, it would only take away from the story that needs to be told.
#3 Heavy Rain
Heavy rain focuses on multiple characters and is one of the most story driven games I've ever played. Every single character is interesting and the payoff at the end-- unlike many games-- actually pays off. It was one of the first times a video game has ever given me so many different emotions. At one point you're having fun and cheering for a character, but then it can take a 180 turn immediately and have you crying and fearing for that same character. I think it's smart idea to create a movie just like the video game with different chapters and characters that later connect to a much bigger story. My biggest fear with Heavy Rain turning into a movie is the that the filmmakers would completely disregard all of those aspects and just focus on one key character. Without showing what each of these characters are going through, the story would not make as much sense. And I'm not going to lie, with different chapters in a movie it would be a little hard to follow, but by the end everything would line up perfectly.
#4 Murdered Soul Suspect
The entire time I played Murdered Soul Suspect the only thing I could think was, this would have been better as a movie. It centers around Ronan, a criminal turned cop who was killed by a mysterious mass murderer knows as The Bell Killer. He comes back as a ghost and he has to find the clues to solve his own murder in order to pass on and reconnect with his deceased wife along with avoiding having his soul taken by grim reaper like figures. With an amazing opening montage of Ronan’s life flashing before his eyes, it could add for some pretty amazing scenes in the theater. The game felt to drag its feet too long sometimes, which is why I think it would be better as a movie, you could shorten the story a little bit but still make a great film.
#5 Life Is Strange
Before I go on, I would just like to mention that Life is Strange is the greatest video game ever created. It centers around a girl, Max Caulfield, with her childhood friend, Chloe Price, using her new time travel powers she's gained after saving Chloe's life. The two of them try to find Chloe's missing friend, Rachel Amber. Everything about it is great: the storytelling, the characters, being able to go back in time and see multiple ways things can end up, while having to live with the burdens of choosing which mistakes you can or can't fix and their ultimate, greater consequences. One of the greatest stories ever told, Life is Strange added a whole new depth to video games, driving home the importance of having great characters and a great story. Even though Life is Strange is an amazing gaming experience (and if you have not played it, I urge you to do so), it deserves a life on the big screen so it can get around to a much wider audience.
Video game movies rarely work, but I believe these five could be the few that would be amazing, not just as a video game movie but as a general blockbuster. Let us know which games you'd like to see on the big screen in the comments below.