Video Game Movies – Blockbuster Buster

ERod travels from one Bad Video Game Movie to the other taking Revenge on behalf of Gamers Everywhere.

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TragicGuineaPig
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I heard they were going to make a movie about Skyrim. It was going to be about a Polish carpenter fighting robot Nazis in outer space.

Rezro
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You mean Wolfnstein?

TheSKARD1
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Why does the birthplace of the actor who played Raiden matter? It has nothing to do with how the character was written for the movie or performance given by the actor. Erod went from talking about their personality to a purely superficial quality.

For that matter why would a god physically resemble its humans followers?

AlucardNoir
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Why does every Amazon in the new Wonder Woman movie sound like Gal Godot, because she’s a bad actress that can’t change her native accent, while every single other actress hired to be an amazon in that movie can.

TheSKARD1
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I don’t think she’s even from Themyscira.

AlucardNoir
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Not where I was going with that comment, but you at least made me laugh.

Snorgatch Pandalume
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Your comment reminds me of a classic memo a TV executive once wrote–“A martian wouldn’t say that!” What exactly would an Amazonian accent sound like?

AlucardNoir
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IT’s an american film so I’d wager any number of american accents? but that’s not the point I was making, the point I was making was that when you put an actor with limited acting chops in a relatively prominent role you either hire good actors to not making him/her sound or look out of place, or you do your best to limit his screen time. Raiden wears clothing inspired by mainland china tradition garb and a hat inspired by Asian straw hats. When they put Christopher Lambert in the role of Raiden… well they shot themselves in the foot.… Read more »
Snorgatch Pandalume
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Exactly. Amazons (at least this variety) are a made-up race. Ergo, they can have any accent the director wants them to have.

TragicGuineaPig
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Personally, I’m of the opinion that what should matter is whether the actor is able to capture the essence of the character. In this case, I’m not so sure Connor McLeod was up to the task, but that’s just my opinion. Maybe they couldn’t get Mako.

TheSKARD1
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I agree completely. That should have been the complaint in this video. I guess the other two examples could have been well acted if not hampered by bad writing. But all ERod says about the character of Rayden is that he’s from Japan and the actor isn’t.

Rezro
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Except he isn’t from Japan.. he was worshiped in Asia, but that is all. Even Liu Kang is Chinese not Japanese.

TheSKARD1
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So ERod didn’t even get that detail right. He seems to know as much about the character as the writers of the movie.

Snorgatch Pandalume
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I liked Christopher Lambert as Raiden. He was certainly more fun than James Remar. Of course, I never played the game, so I don’t know what Raiden is supposed to be like.

Cirra
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Why would a god physically resemble its human followers…? Um. Try this very ancient line: “So God created man in his own image.” -Genesis 1:27. It’s the other way around (even with Zeus in the Wonder Woman movie: Zeus created mankind in his image).

Or, alternatively, the gods DON’T actually resemble their follower’s physical form but borrow it to appear in a shape their follower’s minds can recognize and relate to.

Either one works.

TheSKARD1
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God created man in his own image and yet people from Switzerland and people from Japan are distinct in appearance. Alternatively Rayden chose to look like Christopher Lambert because that appearance was relateable to the others in the tournament.

Either way, it doesn’t answer why Rayden can’t look like a guy from Switzerland instead of a guy from Japan.

Rezro
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First of all God didn’t created humanity on his own image in literal way. This sentence referee to the souls.

But outside that.. Rayden isn’t Japanese! So why the hell he would look like Japanese? He pick that image just because he did.

Rastrelly
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Because trying hard to be not racist usually leads to being extremely racist.

Shinigami
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IMO first Mortal Kombat movie is actually enjoyable and faithful movie adaption of fighting game as possible. I also found first Tomb Raider movie as well as Prince of Persia movie to be decent but then again I am not fan of either so i have no connection to games that those are based on. Then of course there is Warcraft movie that while it was not very good least it was pretty good attempt to make fantasy movie based on real time strategy game.

Sicod
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The first Mortal Kombat movie was fun and financially successful. No reason to bust it. The SECOND one on the other hand…

Chicken Puppet
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Haven’t seen Prince of Persia movie, but agree about the first Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider movies. Those are probably the two best adaptations to date. Both being semi-faithful to the source material and neither are great films, but they can be fun and watchable camp.

happymel
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I haven’t seen a lot of video game movies but I’ve liked the ones I’ve seen like Prince of Persia (but I haven’t played the games) and Assassin’s Creed (but again, I haven’t played the games). Although, I don’t care about characters being relatable or deep but I will agree that I want characters to be likable.

Chicken Puppet
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1 minute in, and I have to ask:Can we please stop shitting on the Super Mario Bros movie? It was a terrible, confused, mess of a film…BUT:

A) We have shat on it enough, it’s all been said, done, spoofed and riffed.

B) It’s been almost 25 years and video games were more abstract then, and there was no blueprint at the time

C) There are much worse video game movies (thanks Uwe Boll) and now they have years of failures to not learn from.

Chicken Puppet
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Erod talks about getting the characters wrong and not likable and uses Tomb Raider as an example.

Sadly, the Tomb Raider movie probably came the closest to nailing the character’s look and personality than almost any other video game film. If you’ve only played the reboot games that came after the films, you might think that they got her wrong, but in the original games, Laura was aloof, fearless, vindictive, and kind of a Mary Sue.

Azmar
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I left after the super mario bros. opening statement : “they’re two italian plumbers-” no. No they’re not. I could go on and on about how the super mario bros. series is, at its core, 100% a video game with NO CONCERN WHATSOEVER for story, and how all the DESIGN choices made to represent the MECHANICS are all gameplay-driven (mario has a mustache for the simple reason that we could discern his head from his body. Same goes for his clothes. Etc.) Long story short, He goes throught pipes because, unconciously, the player WILL WANT to go inside of a… Read more »
Chicken Puppet
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I think you’re on the right track, but off on a few things. The legend is that the Mario sprites from Donkey Kong looked like an employee at Nintendo of America named Mario, but he was originally going to be called Jumpman.

They’re actually more like municipal sewer workers in Mario Bros. In Mario’s first game Donkey Kong, Mario is not specified to be a construction worker, just a blue collar guy saving a girl from a giant ape on a construction site.

TragicGuineaPig
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The fact that their names are Mario and Luigi might be a clue. What’s more, the connected Super Mario Bros. Super Show, as well as several subsequent materials, heavily imply that they are Italian. The real problem with the movie isn’t the nationality of the actors vs. the ethnicity of the characters, but rather that the movie doesn’t even attempt to reflect the premise of the game, which is heavily inspired by Wonderland. Frankly, I don’t think the premise of the game would make a good movie plot at all, but for them to not even try! Come to think… Read more »
Azmar
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Again, nothing in the actual source material, a.k.a the super mario platforming game franchise (super mario bros., super mario world, super mario land, new super mario bros., super mario 64, super mario sunshine or super mario galaxy) says anything about them being italian. Litteraly all we know is that they are called Mario and Luigi, and that’s it. But the fact REMAINS that people just COULDN’T let all the blanks go and tried to put meaning in everything. Which, funny enough, just made everything EVEN MORE nonsensical. What sense does it make that a human plumber from Italy would be… Read more »
TragicGuineaPig
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Shigeru Miyamoto has stated in interviews that, when he was working on the original Mario Bros. (a game I note you conveniently left off your list), he decided that Mario was an Italian plumber who lived in New York. You can argue with me if you want, but I dare you to tell Mr. Miyamoto that he’s wrong about his own creation. Since Channel Awesome filters links, I suggest you search “USA Today Miyamoto”. But here are Miyamoto’s own words: “As a kid, I was a big comic fan and I liked foreign comics as well. So I drew some… Read more »
Chicken Puppet
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Honestly, it’s really a shame that they were able to sign on really great actors like Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, and Samantha Mathis to what they probably thought was going to be this “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” style wacky romp…

But like I said, the issues with this movie have been belabored and pored over for decades.

Personally, I think Hoskins and Leguizamo play blue collar New York plumbers quite well, they’re both really good character actors.

TragicGuineaPig
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As I have said elsewhere, I don’t think the real issue is their ethnicity, but rather how well they capture the essence of the characters. Hoskins made a decent enough Mario; I didn’t think Leguzamo made a good Luigi, though. But that probably has more to do with writing, casting, and directing than anything wrong on his part. Did he even have a mustache? I can’t remember. The real problem with the film overall is that they didn’t even understand (or care) about the basic premise of the games: magical pipes in New York which lead to a monster-infested Wonderland-type… Read more »
TragicGuineaPig
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You might want to notice that I never used the term “Story” in my post. Why? Because I realize that the stories in the games are tenuous at best. Which is why I chose the word “premise”. But just because the stories were tenuous does not mean they were nonexistent; they just weren’t the focus. However, film is not an interactive medium; it is a storytelling medium; you can’t just make a film about some guy jumping on walking mushrooms; you need more of a narrative. But adapting the game into a movie shouldn’t have been that hard: a couple… Read more »
CJ-1
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ERod makes some good points.

Just not the best ways of displaying or explaining them.

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