Evaluating the best films based on video games has the potential to be a fruitless endeavor, since most of them are notoriously bad. However, after further inspection it’s clear that the subgenre is beginning to shake that reputation with more and more quality titles arriving on the scene. The depth of video game adaptions will improve further during 2016. The recently released Ratchet & Clank successfully made the transition from game to movie, and the highly anticipated Warcraft will follow in June. The following 10 movies are video game adaptations that avoided the poor fate of their peers and are well worth your time. Until Warcraft arrives, these are the cream of the crop.
10. Doom (2005)
2005’s Doom, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is an enjoyable but rather formulaic action/sci-fi that will appeal solely to the young male demographic. However, the film is saved with an ingenious scene near the end of the movie that really brings out the video game side of the franchise. After a marine named John “Reaper” Grimm (played by Karl Urban) injects a serum to enhance his abilities, the camera perspective shifts to first person as Reaper goes on a rampage to annihilate the mutated creatures that roam the halls. The first-person mode is, of course, reminiscent of the game itself and is a beautifully choreographed scene. Unfortunately, the remainder of the film lacks the inspiration this wonderful moment contains, but that scene saves a movie that would otherwise have become quite forgettable and elevates it to become a memorable video game adaptation.