Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

I’ve been so close to buying “Into the Spider-Verse” many times, knowing of its reputation and frankly wanting to see it before it even got its rep. Why have I waited so long? No idea, really (might have something to do with a really long game movie marathon…) but now it’s popped onto the UK Netflix I was finally able to give it a watch. Does my opinion differ from the majority, keeping in mind I tend to like comic/manga adaptations more than most critics who still praised this film anyway? Funnily enough… No. Let’s take a look anyway!

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Venom Review

A pretty random review here, but I literally had nothing to do for two hours at the end of Sunday and so stuck this film on after seeing it on Netflix and going “Oh yeah, I always wanted to see what that was like”. So, what was it like? Erm… It was okay. I was originally turned off at the idea of Venom without Spider-Man, it seemed like it just wouldn’t work, but I’ll at least give them credit in finding a work-around that was good enough. What about the rest of the film? Read on!

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Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) Review

With this, the 31st film in this marathon, we draw it to a close, and it’s somehow fitting that I started with a (crap) Mario film and end with a good (!!) Sonic The Hedgehog film, the two rival iconic franchises of my childhood. In the three decades between the films we have only now started to find a groove of good productions (ignoring the straight-to-disc Doom film) that actually pay homage to the source material while doing their own thing. Admittedly that’s only two films in a row, and at least one film on the horizon isn’t looking good (hello Monster Hunter!) but still! Let’s take a look at Sonic The Hedgehog, the film that despite looking like a train wreck a year ago has managed to pull one out of the bag!

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Doom: Annihilation Review

We’re right near the end of this marathon of game-to-movies but we still have room for one more low-budget, bland adaptation that I’m betting most of you didn’t even know it existed. Doom: Annihilation saw what the previous film effort did and decided to… pretty much do the exact same thing, but with less budget. In other words it still feels closer to Doom 3 than the successful tongue-in-cheek reboot that spurred this film’s commission. Did it work?! Well, I mean if there was their plan was to remake Aliens but worse, it sure did…

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Detective Pikachu Review

As mentioned in my review of Pokémon Blue, I haven’t played a lot of Pokémon games, but being a big Nintendo fan (and especially a Smash fan!) I have more than enough familiarity with the series to review this film as a game-less “Bonus” review in the marathon. So what’s Detective Pikachu like? Is it really the first game adaptation that’s actually really good? Could I finally go above a 3/5 in this long marathon?! Let’s find out!

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Rampage Review

If I were to list games I never thought would get turned into films “Rampage” would be right up there. It’s such an early game that there was no plot, just Godzilla-like city destruction. So, how did this simple concept translate onto the big screen? Well, not too bad really, it became a very by-the-numbers summer blockbuster affair, complete with lots of CGI city destruction and The Rock being all beefy and cool. Given the original game that’s got to be considered over-achieving! Let’s take a closer look…

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Assassin’s Creed Film Review

You almost have to applaud Assassin’s Creed for its commitment to being like the game series, especially early titles, as it was really good when it was set in the past, but the current day stuff was boring as hell. Now you’d think they would see where the game series gets most of its criticism from and try to avoid it, but nope! It truly is an Assassin’s Creed film, much to its detriment. Let’s take a closer look!

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Hitman: Agent 47 Review

I’ve only properly played one Hitman game in my gaming life, and that was covered with the previous film earlier in this marathon, so consider this a “bonus” review with no game review alongside it! The original Hitman film turned a game about stealth, infiltration and assassination and swiftly turned it into an average action film, so what does this reboot do differently? They add in super-powers and up the action to crazy extremes, properly flying in the face of what the games are… hooray! Taking the mistake and making it worse! Oh well, let’s take a look and see if it stands on its own away from the game comparisons, shall we?

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Dead Rising: Endgame Review

The original Dead Rising film, “Watchtower”, was a good laugh, a B-movie that stuck quite rigidly to the game world it was set in. Sadly, unlike Dead Rising’s second game, its second movie was a step down, and its B-movie charm all but gone and replaced with… I don’t know, dullness. I think they got away with it as a one off, but as they try to expand this live-action spin-off world I think they forgot what made the first work. More info? Let’s look deeper!

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Dead Rising: Watchtower Review

Dead Rising Watchtower

You know, all things considered, Dead Rising: Watchtower has to be one of the better game adaptation movies out there. Now this comes mainly because the original games were pretty much based on cheesy zombie B-movies, so making a Dead Rising film as a cheesy zombie B-movie was a pretty simple task! It also oddly takes place within the game’s universe, referring to the events of Dead Rising 1 and 2 and even featuring game protagonist Frank West in the flesh. So it certainly scores well on the game adaptation front, but how does it do on the “fun film to watch” front?

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