Of course I'm going to have to dedicate a paragraph to Uwe Boll, whose films are bad enough to earn him his very own category. For the unfamiliar, Uwe's films make up the very bottom of the lists of worst received films. Look at a list of the worst films of all time and you're very likely to see one of his on there. His work includes Bloodrayne, House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, and Far Cry, among others. They're universally terrible, which is among the reasons why he's such an infamous figure in both the film and gaming industries.
As someone who's seen an uncomfortably large number of video game adaptations, I can say that, without a doubt, the films that's come the closest to success in recreating the game in an interesting way while keeping it interesting for gamers and newcomers, is Silent Hill.
This came as a huge surprise because Silent Hill really should've been the one that's the most difficult to adapt to the big screen. The success of this adaptation stems almost entirely from director Christophe Gans. He made the fantastic decision to use Akira Yamaoka's very eerie music as well as use the uncomfortable camera angles from earlier games in the series. This meant the series' trademark atmosphere and chills were there, so much of the blame goes to the story, characters, and writing. It was overly complex and convoluted, and some of the acting was laughable, but I still watch it because of how closely they came to recreating the world and the creatures that inhabit it.
This is supposed to be a rant. I suppose I should be condemning video game adaptations because a majority of them are pointless and usually only mildly entertaining time wasters. The problem is, they aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so why not embrace it? This might not be high art—sometimes I even struggle to call these things entertainment—but I think Hollywood's getting better at it. If all of us took the energy we spend fruitlessly fighting these adaptations and redirected it toward keeping Uwe Boll far away from this industry, I think we'd all be a little better off.
Date: July 9, 2012
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