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7 worst video game movies of all time

Published: 31/Oct/2020 13:22

by Emma Soteriou

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It’s no secret that video games and cinema have a turbulent history. With Uncharted the movie just finishing production, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 currently in development, we’ve delved into the archives to find the worst game to movie adaptations of all time.

The world of cinema is far from short of video game movies, but none of them have been particularly great. Still, they keep on coming, with hopes that someday one might actually do the game justice.

Below, we’ve gone through some of the worst to have hit the big screen, looking at what they did wrong and the reaction they got from audiences.

Agent 47 looking in the mirror with the code on his head
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Hitman’s Agent 47 (2007)

Hitman (2007)

Starting us off is Hitman, which not only had a weak storyline but was also full of cliches. In that sense, there’s no surprise that it failed to live up to the popular video game.

The movie revolved around a genetically-engineered ‘Hitman’ known as Agent 47, who is trained as an assassin from birth, but the organization he works for soon turns on him.

The movie was labeled a ‘missed opportunity’ by critics.

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Dwayne Johnson leading the group in Doom (2005)

Doom (2005)

Next up is Doom. With Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on board, along with Karl Urban and Rosamund Pike, it’s hard to believe the movie was as bad as it was.

Loosely based on the game, and mostly adapted from Doom 3, the movie followed a group of marines as they went on a mission to Mars, facing genetically engineered creatures.

The script majorly let the movie down, which Dwayne Johnson later realized, telling MTV News: “We are an example of trying and failing.”

Alone in the Dark poster (2005)
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Alone in the Dark poster (2005)

Alone in the Dark (2005)

It seems 2005 was the year for failed video game movies, as joining Doom was Alone in the Dark, a thriller following a supernatural detective as he investigated paranormal activity with his sixth sense.

The game has been seen as an influence for the likes of Resident Evil, yet the movie failed to deliver anything up to the same standard.

It was named one of the worst movies of all time by Rotten Tomatoes, achieving a 1% score.

Chun-Li in Street Fighter: The LEgend of Chun-Li
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Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li (2009)

The Legend of Chun-Li acted as a spin-off prequel movie to the original Street Fighter.

Based on the origin story of the protagonist, who was played by Kristin Kreuk, this movie lost sight of the original game’s purpose, providing dull action scenes and a mediocre screenplay.

The movie was widely panned, with it just about reaching a 5% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Mario Bros movie poster
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Mario Bros. (1993) movie poster

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Though much more loosely based on the video game compared to others, this movie undeniably let the popular franchise down, only making around $35 million worldwide.

It followed the two brothers, Mario and Luigi, on their quest to save Princess Daisy, who had been taken to a parallel universe.

The lack of connection to the game and questionable narrative meant a widely negative response from both audiences and critics.

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Bloodrayne (2006) cast, including Kristanna Loken as the title character

Bloodrayne (2006)

Directed by Uwe Boll, who is infamous for his video game to movie adaptations, Bloodrayne was based around a half-human, half-vampire ‘dhampir’.

Once again, it was the weak plot and fighting scenes that left viewers wanting more.

The movie only got a 4% Rotten Tomatoes score, confirming disappointment among audiences.

Jason Statham in In the Name of the King
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Jason Statham in In the Name of the King (2007)

In the Name of the King (2007)

Boll hasn’t had great success with his work, with In the Name of the King being another of his projects to add to the list.

The movie, based on the Dungeon Siege series, grossed $10.3 million worldwide, being branded as ‘an awkward Lord of the Rings knockoff’ by The New York Times.

We weren’t short of choice, but it’s these movies that really lowered the bar for video game to movie adaptations.

There is a possibility that series are the way forward, especially as Netflix has a live-action Assassins Creed in development and a Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime series set to come out in 2021, but if previous attempts are anything to go by, there isn’t much hope for those, either.

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Everything we know about John Wick Chapter 4: Cast, release date, more

Published: 17/Nov/2020 21:23

by Michael Gwilliam

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Fans of John Wick expecting the series to wrap up with Chapter 3: Parabellum in 2019 were in for a major shock when the film ended with a cliffhanger leading to yet another installment.

Since beginning in 2014, the John Wick series has received critical acclaim from fans and critics for its unique setting where seemingly everyone is an underground assassin and over-the-top violence.

The action series still has at least two more films up its sleeves, plus a potential spinoff in Ballerina and a television prequel titled “The Continental.” But for fans of the original series, chapter four is where all their attention lies.

Here is everything we know about John Wick Chapter 4 right now.

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John Wick Chapter 4 got pushed back to 2022.

When is John Wick Chapter 4 coming out?

Due to the world health crisis and the fact Keanu Reeves is working on The Matrix 4, John Wick had to be pushed back a bit from its planned 2021 release.

How much is a bit? Try a full year. On May 1, 2020, Lionsgate announced the film had been pushed back to May 27, 2022.

While this is rather unfortunate, it’s expected, as many big Hollywood projects fell behind in production. At least hopefully by then, theaters will be open so we can see all the action on the big screen.

Fishburne in John Wick
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Hopefully Laurence Fishburne returns for Chapter 4.

Who is starring in the film?

As of this moment, only Keanu Reeves is confirmed to return as the title character, however, it’s likely that we’ll end up seeing Laurence Fishburne come back as The Bowery King given Chapter 3’s ending.

Additionally, given the number of loose threads, it’s likely that we will see quite Asia Kate Dillon come back as The Adjudicator, Ian McShane as Winston, and Lance Reddick as Charon.

Of course, with a fifth chapter still to come, some of the potential returnees could end up being saved for the future entry.

John Wick wields gun
Lionsgate
The John Wick films keep outdoing themselves.

What is John Wick Chapter 4 about?

At the end of the third film, John was betrayed by Winston after the two worked together to fight off High Table assassins within The Continental.

After being shot and falling from the roof of the building, Wick is nowhere to be found. It’s then revealed that John had been delivered to The Bowery King where the two plan revenge against The High Table.

Unfortunately, how the two end up striking back remains a mystery for now, but Director Chad Stahelski teased some new ideas he has in store for the film.

John Wick on horseback
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How will Chapter 4 top horses?

“I think I have a lot of really cool ideas for the next one that I think are different and shocking and fun and unique,” Stahelski said in an interview with Collider.

With the fifth film still confirmed, we can only expect this fourth entry to conclude with some sort of cliffhanger as well, but only time will tell. Until then, we can just wait or go back and rewatch the previous three action masterpieces.