Between 2003 and 2007, video game movies were not very good for video game fans who wanted to see their favourite series on the big screen.
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These are some of the worst video game movies we’ve had to endure.
Hitman – 2007
Rotten Tomatoes – 14%
IMDB – 6.3/10
Before Agent 47, there was another Hitman movie that tried very hard to make its mark in the video game movies genre. From the start, things did not look good as the movie was given a PG13 rating. Yes, one of the most violent video game series was given a PG-13 rating.
The movie was a complete mess as the script and action was all lost in translation. Timothy Olyphant, the star of Justified, played the infamous Agent 47. Besides the poor character connection that Timothy brought to the film, and the mismatch in story and lore, the film was just bad.
Dead or Alive – 2006
Rotten Tomatoes – 34%
IMDB – 4.8/10
When you think of Dead or Alive, you think of sexy woman in Tekken inspired fights with lots of kicking, punching, and swim suits. Sure, the series could make a good movie, but unfortunately the movie which hit big screens in 2006 was the complete opposite.
Bad acting, poor cameos, and just over-sexualized characters did not do the series justice at all. It was a sad attempt to bring a great fighting game to the big screen.
Double Dragon – 1994
Rotten Tomatoes – 8%
IMDB – 3.6/10
The Double Dragon video game series was great, so why not make a movie out of it? Unfortunately, Double Dragon (like many video game movies) was poorly directed, terribly scripted, and an all round sad attempt at bringing a video game to the big screen.
Some things are best left on a video game console and this was one poor attempt at making a movie that is actually enjoyable and sticks to the original video game story.
Doom – 2005
Rotten Tomatoes – 19%
IMDB – 5.2/10
The Doom series is known for its over-the-top action, demons, and interpretation of Hell on Mars, making it one of the most appealing franchises to cross over into video game movies. Disappointingly, what we got instead was a genetic outbreak, rather than Hell breaking loose, and a sad group of mercenaries who were as Americanised as possible.
The movie could have been the one we all longed for, but its script and cast did not do the series justice.
Far Cry – 2008
Rotten Tomatoes – 0%
IMDB – 3.1/10
Far Cry has always been about intense action in wild locations. So when the movie was released, we expected the same tropical setting with some great James Bond-like action sequences. Instead, the movie had a totally different spin on the popular video game franchise, and fans of Far Cry did not approve of this movie.
Alone in the Dark – 2005
Rotten Tomatoes – 1%
IMDB – 2.3/10
Alone in the Dark had its day back on the original PlayStation. The video game series was an instant hit with its creepy setting and mix between Resident Evil and Silent Hill. The game saw you explore haunted mansions and take on ferocious creatures, being a survival horror at its core that really frightened its players.
The movie, on the other hand, was just nothing worth taking note of. Hollywood went with an action film, instead of a horror. The movie was loud and obnoxious, nothing like the video game series at all, and rather something that gave the series a bad name. Basically, the movie had all the names from the game, but the story was completely unrelated to the video game series.
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