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My kids and I love video games. We love movies, too. Using simple math, it seems logical that we would go bonkers over video games turned into movies. Oh, how I wish that were so. For the love of all things Playstation, I would give my wireless controller to be able to say turning a hot video game into a big-budget film is a surefire recipe for success. Unfortunately, with few exceptions, game-based films usually stink.
Okay, occasionally it’s not so bad. Pokemon turned out pretty well on film. And I loved seeing Angelina Jolie kick some serious ass in Tomb Raider. I also really liked Max Payne—then again, I love anything with Mark Wahlberg. But for each rare hit, you have a dozen like Doom. Or Dragonball Evolution. (If you missed these cinematic masterpieces, let's just say they failed to live up to the success of their namesake games.)
Worse, game-based movies seem troublesome to make, often getting delayed repeatedly. We've abandoned all hope of seeing the long-awaited Warcraft movie anytime this century. And the Halo film seems permanently doomed—even the Great One (a.k.a. Steven Spielberg) can't seem to make it happen. Movies for Gears of War and Bioshock are eagerly anticipated, but both are at a standstill in terms of finding a director/production team.
On the plus side, we're really looking forward to this year's Prince of Persia movie—whose star my kids sarcastically refer to as "the dewy-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal." Oh, wait—I just heard it's been pushed back to 2010. Maybe the folks at Disney need more time to figure out how they're going to make a violent video game into a family-friendly flick.
Sigh… guess I'll have to settle for the surprisingly funny two-minute spoof Pac-Man "movie" I found on YouTube. At least, until someone makes a film version of Guitar Hero.