So this marathon has finally made me sit down and watch the Resident Evil live action films… You’d think I would have seen them already given how much I like the game series, but half way through the next film I was out, and never returned (more on THAT tomorrow…) This film, while nothing like the original game (or its remake!), does at least capture a lot of parts that regularly appear in the games, and by creating a whole new cast means they were free to do what they want without upsetting the game fans. So what was it like? Let’s find out!
Thanks to already having reviewed the original Resident Evil, I’ll be tackling the far superior remake up against the film of the same name, which is vastly different in every way despite being released in the same year! The Resident Evil Remake still remains one of the most legitimately tense and atmospheric games I’ve ever played, as well as one of the more challenging for newcomers… Let’s take a look!
Although it didn’t match exactly up like I’d hoped (I still have to review the original two Tomb Raider films) given it’s nearly Halloween and doing some sort of countdown / marathon to do with it is all the rage, I thought I’d get the six Resident Evil films “out of the way” in my Game to Live Action Movie Marathon, so I’ve tied them together! Over the next six days, starting tomorrow, they’ll be one set of a movie and a game from Resident Evil each day, ending on
Halloween itself November 1st, because I can’t count, apparently… (note some of the games don’t match thanks to the first three games, plus the remake of 2, already having been covered on the blog!)
- Resident Evil (2002) / Resident Evil Remake (GC)
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse / Resident Evil Zero (GC)
- Resident Evil: Extinction / Resident Evil – Code: Veronica / X (DC/PS2)
- Resident Evil: Afterlife / Resident Evil 4 (GC)
- Resident Evil: Retribution / Resident Evil 5 (XBOX360)
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter / Resident Evil 6 (XBOX360)
Did I enjoy the films after years of avoiding them like the plague? Find out!
When does “so bad its good” go too far? Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is the answer to that! The original Mortal Kombat was a fun, cheesy watch, even if it wasn’t meant to be, but this?! Yikes… Our first sequel in this marathon is quite the disaster, and killed the movie franchise dead. Annihilation is a very apt title, though Armageddon would have been just as good! (Yeah, that was a poor way to link the two reviews, but ah well!) Let’s take a look anyway…
When it comes to the sequels to movies, which often begin to follow their own continuity, I thought I’d review another entry in the game series rather than stick rigidly to the release sequence (plus, let’s face it, my review of Mortal Kombat 2 would be pretty damn similar to my review of MK1!) Therefore we have Mortal Kombat: Armageddon reviewed alongside Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, two MK:A’s, but vastly different in how much fun you can get out them… Let’s have a look!
Mortal Kombat has a lot in common with our previous entry (as in being so bad it’s enjoyable), but with one key difference: it actually sticks to its source material pretty accurately! I mean… given MK’s early storyline, I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good thing or not, but it is the first game to movie in this marathon that’s done it, so… hooray I guess! Let’s take a look…
Also known as “The game with the Blood Cheat”, at least in my school playground, Mortal Kombat was quite the noteworthy release, being the first console game that I’m aware of that was so blatantly violent and gory, even if that gore was hidden behind a (very easy to find and spread to friends) cheat code. Ignoring the impact it had, I remember not really enjoying it too much as an actual fighter, preferring the visuals of a Street Fighter II, but still… there’s a scene where someone removes their opponent’s heart! SO COOL. etc. etc. Simpler times, but how does it hold out today, where it’s relatively tame? (much like a certain film adaptation…) let’s find out!
Remember in Street Fighter II, when Guile dodged missiles in a stealth boat while talking like Jean-Claude Van Damme? Nor do I… How about when Ryu and Ken were smuggling guns into Asia… No, I don’t seem to remember that in the original Street Fighter either… Welcome to the world of the Street Fighter movie, where barely anything resembles the game it’s based on, but what the hell, let’s make the film anyway! Sounds a lot like the other two films I’ve reviewed in the this series so far, actually… *sigh*, let’s take a look!
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Street Fighter the movie was clearly based on Street Fighter II!”, well I’ll say… it’s barely that, but yes reviewing SFII here would make more sense, but I already reviewed it! So why not review the game simply called “Street Fighter” alongside the film of the same name? Oh wait, I see why now… the first Street Fighter is crap. Oh well, so was the movie! Hooray!?
Double Dragon is an oddity as out of the first bunch of game-to-film adaptations, where I’ve either seen them already or was at least aware of them, this just quietly sat second down on the list, with only a poor critic reception behind it. No big YouTube lampooning, no infamous reputation, it was came and went, and wasn’t very good… boy was it not any good, it was worse than the disappointing NES port I reviewed alongside it! So let’s take a look at Double Dragon the movie, a very early 90s experience!