6 Movies Based On Videogames That Are So Bad They’re Good

Monday, 07 September 2015 - 11:11AM
Monday, 07 September 2015 - 11:11AM
6 Movies Based On Videogames That Are So Bad They’re Good
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Movies based on videogames are looking to be big business over the next few years, with potential blockbusters like Warcraft and Assassin's Creed heading to theaters next year, and new projects like Borderlands being announced seemingly every week. The trend is a bit puzzling given the history of movies based on videogames.

Few have been successful at the box office, and none have been a hit with critics (the highest ranking one at Rotten Tomatoes is 2001's puzzling Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which has a dismal 44 percent rotten rating), yet Hollywood continues to go back to the console well. And even though essentially none of these movies are technically *good*, there are a few that are so delightfully bad they end up being a blast to watch.

Here are five movies based on videogames that are so bad they're actually good.

1. Double Dragon

Look, if you were an 8-year-old in 1993 when I was, this movie was cool. There were two karate-loving brothers in post-apocalyptic city filled with those '90s-riffic leather and mohawk-clad gangs that movies of this era loved, Robert Patrick looking like an '80s Bond villain/fashion designer, and special effects that were actually pretty inventive for its time. It all adds up to a nonsensical movie that was cool when you were a kid, and one you'll still probably get a kick out of today.

2. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Angelina Jolie as an action star? Sure, why not?! Jolie sports a British accent and tight clothing as she does her best Indiana Jones impression trying to collect ancient artifacts around the globe. The film features some exotic locales and some great action sequences, as well as a solid performance from Jolie, so despite the drubbing it received from critics I'd still give the remote a break if I encountered it on TBS while channel surfing. Plus, it did have Lara Croft punching a shark in the face, so there's that.

3. Street Fighter

Has there ever been a more perfect role for Jean Claude Van-Damme than that of Guile, owner of those sweet camo pants? This insane movie managed to pack in just about every single one of the franchise's colorful characters, no matter how ludicrous (looking at you, Blanka). Plus, the film features Raul Julia, in his final film role as villain M. Bison, delivering his immortal line: "For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me? It was Tuesday." Magnifique.

Resident Evil

This movie clearly did something right, since it spawned four sequels and counting, and blends sci-fi action and horror elements in a way that isn't totally unwatchable. The dialogue is nothing to write home about, but who watches this kind of movie to hear people talk? I want action, and Resident Evil delivers! The franchise's success has also turned Milla Jovovich into perhaps the biggest action star of the past decade when you think about it. Your move, The Rock.

Mortal Kombat

Critically trashed when it debuted in 1995, the low budget, devoid of big names Mortal Kombat has since become a cult classic. And how could it not? The best fighters from around the world competing in a supernatural tournament to save the world? There's nothing about that premise I don't like. Plus, the movie probably comes the closest to replicating the feel of it's inspiration with the excellent, special move-heavy fight scenes. Look no further than the scenes where Scorpion's grappling hook creeps out of his palm to see what I mean.
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