Sound Off: What's the Best Video Game Movie You've Ever Seen?
Movies and video games go hand-in-hand. Studios often turn to best-selling video game titles when they are looking for a new franchise to launch. And box office-smashing movie series like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Spider-Man have learned how to continue the moviegoing experience by giving fans a playable tie-in game they can bring home on their way back from the theaters.
Wreck-It Ralph, which opens Nov. 2, is unique in that it isn't based on a previously existing video game, but incorporates arcade characters many of us remember from when we were kids.
Perhaps that’s why Rich Moore’s film works as well as it does. Instead of being a slave to the functions of a pre-existing game, Ralph is able to think outside of the box and be as creative as imaginable. Now that I think about it, I’m anxious to try the Ralph game that’s available for Wii and Nintendo DS. I wonder how it lives up to the limitless imagination of the movie.
But I digress. Hollywood has struggled to make a truly amazing movie from an existing video game property. Ralph shows us that there’s hope for video game movies, and we know that there are plenty of based-on-game properties in development. (Halo, Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed are three that jump to mind.)
This week’s Sound Off asks, "What is the best movie you’ve ever seen that’s based on a video game?" You can stick with traditional titles, like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (which would be my selection). Or you can go off the grid and pick a movie like TRON or WarGames … movies that had game-playing built into their narrative. Weigh in with your picks below, and see Wreck-It Ralph in 3D at a theater near you this weekend.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.