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The Top Ten Movies Based on Video Games

1 March 2015 6:04 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Video game based movies have yet to be good, but some are less bad than others. Here is our list of the best movies based on video games so far.

In relation to books or plays, video games are a relatively new media from which to adapt a movie. As a result, filmmakers have yet to really understand what it takes to make a good video game based film. Unlike a book or play, there’s usually a limited character-based story from which a plot can be derived. Furthermore, as an adaptation of a video game, the film should at least attempt to recreate the feel and tone of the game. This typically means more action and emphasis on visuals than on characters or story. There’s only so much screen time in a feature length film, and finding that ideal balance between story and excitement is difficult to accomplish. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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‘Ace Attorney’ is king among game-to-movie adaptations

27 January 2015 5:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Ace Attorney

Written by Takeharu Sakurai & Sachiko Ōguchi

Directed by Takashi Miike

Japan, 2012

I’ll come right out and say it: Takashi Miike’s Ace Attorney, based on the first entry of the popular Capcom video game series, is the single-best cinematic adaptation of a video game property of all time. Now some of the more snide readers out there will no doubt think that this a pretty low bar to clear. There’s at least a partial truth to that: the current all-time champion of video game (henceforth Vg) movie critical acclaim is 2001’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, coming in at a cool 44% on Rotten Tomatoes (not that the Rt metric is reflective of quality in any capacity, but that’s another discussion for another time). While the movie was a watershed moment from a technical standpoint (it had some of the most impressively detailed CGI in movie »

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