One of the interesting issues with video games is that it seems like there can never be a good movie based on a video game. Even the games with the best storylines have movies made that are lacking. While some people would say that the video games can’t be made into good movies, there has been at least one good video game movie. One particular example that comes to mind is Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. This movie was so good that it has inspired one of the Street Fighter Alpha games. It shows that there is a way that a video game can be translated to the big screen.
Another movie that is not necessarily good, but considered better than other attempts is Mortal Kombat. The movie follows the video game storyline adequately. It is important to note that the game was basically a remake of Enter the Dragon with elements of Big Trouble in Little China thrown in for good measure. After all, Liu Kang of the games is based loosely on Bruce Lee. The story of Liu Kang vs Shang Tsung remains in tact. What is largely missing is the feud between Sub Zero and Scorpion which is admittedly hinted at in the film. Fans did get to see a fight between Sub Zero and Scorpion in the sloppy and Abysmal Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
These are just two examples of good movies made from video games. There is an important question to consider when it comes to making good movies out of video games. One thing that could be done is putting the storyline of the film in the hands of the fan of the franchise, preferably someone from the gaming community.
Admittedly, there are some games that are largely impossible to translate to the big screen. A lot of liberties would have to be taken in order to get it to work. One of the games that would prove to be extremely difficult is Super Mario Bros. There was a movie based on the game franchise back in the 90s but it bore very little resemblance to the game. Instead, it has taken on some of the elements from Blade Runner. It ultimately didn’t work. There is still hope for a good video game movie. However, the upcoming Tomb Raider movie might not be it.