Sessler's Soapbox: Why Video Game Movies Suck

Posted: January 18, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Why Video Game Movies Suck

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  • XwingVmanX

    Someone just needs to finally break the 3 hr bridge and make a 4-5hr movie, maybe with a half hr intermission lol

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:13 PM
  • Yourfinalfantasy90

    I've talked about this FOREVER! Thank GOD someone agrees that the constant adaptation of one medium into another is stupid and ineffective! You GO Sess.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:05 PM
  • Inc0nce1vable

    lmao! Wow, Sessler. You are the main reason why G4 remains relevant for online journalism. Man, you hit so many great points with this week's Soapbox.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:00 PM
  • cwhas2godhands

    He probably doesn't like "The Thin Red Line". I'm just glad he has an opinion.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:51 PM
  • Captain_Vyse

    Agree with everything except for the Tolkien-basing. I love "The Lord of the Rings", and have read it numerous times.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:49 PM
  • Illuminate88

    Adaptations are a method by which creative individuals try to overcome a new set of challenges. Every adaptation succeeds in one regard or another even if that success isn't directly related to how the audience perceives the piece. For instance, the scene when Max jumps off the dock into the river to escape his captors was done for real. A stunt double jumped into the icy, below freezing water. Also, all the rainy scenes and shots were done in actual poring rain, and the movie was filmed in February in Toronto. At the end of Resident Evil there is a shot of Milla's back and shoulder walking up the steps and if you look carefully she is covered in cuts and bruises, real cuts and bruises.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:48 PM
  • Funk_Doc

    I understand your point about not caring but if they are going to make a movie anyway because of its massive fan base then the fan base should care. As a kid I was a a Dragon Ball Z fan (i know i know) and when they made that crap movie about it I was annoyed & borderline angry. When people take something you like and basically take it from what you know and turn it into crap it affects you as a fan. I picture it as your girlfriend getting embarrassed in public. Sure you love her no matter what but it hurts you to see her like that. Not saying you should have the same love for an entertainment franchise as you would for you girlfriend but you get my point.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:47 PM
  • Voleran

    I disagree with some of your points sir, but i'll defend to the death your right to believe them.

    I agree that Movies based on video games suck, but I can also understand why we want to have a good movie based on a franchise that we love, It's another way to explore a world we fell in love with, another perspective. It is also a MUCH easier way to share it with people who will never pick up a video game.
    Also, Nathan Fillion is just fantastic and certainly would fit well as Nathan Drake, Wahlberg is just droll.

    In the end, I agree that it is nonsensical to turn video games into movies when you just cant fit everything that made the game great into a 2 - 3 hour movie, but I understand why gamers want it.

    Also, I think we can all be thankful that this is not an uwe boll movie.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:47 PM
  • TheMilkMonster

    I could never get through the lotr books, then i listened to the audiobooks and it completely changed my opinion. It was like being force fed a meal only to realize after that it was the best thing you've tasted in a long time. (analogy needs revision)

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:45 PM
  • RPG-fan

    I have to respectfully disagree regarding Apocalypse Now, it's a cinema masterpiece and many respected film critics like Ebert thinks the same. I don't know how it ruin Heart of Darkness, as Apocalypse Now was loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novella. The movie was based on Aguirre, the Wrath of God just as much as HoD. For those who want to experience a great literature like Heart of Darkness should really do themselves a favor and read it (especially, it's quite short, it is a novella after all) instead of watching Apocalypse Now to get an understand of HoD.

    As for Watchmen, while I liked it (this is someone who read the graphic novel first) I can see how people don't like the film. Too much CGI and slow motion effects like Snyder's 300. Sucker Punch is probably going to be the same but maybe going to be more favorble than Watchmen because it has hot ladies with samuari swords and guns to apleased the masses.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:43 PM
  • rikkuster

    I can only hope that people in the entertainment industry will one day find this wonderful web show and learn.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:43 PM
  • poopdog_ofdefeat

    Finally someone agrees with me that Apocalypse Now is a bad film. Mostly, because Coppola had completely divergent views for the direction of the screenplay that were in fact contrary to the writer's intentions. In addition, I just want to clarify that the movie is in no way an anti-war film, but surprisingly the opposite.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:43 PM
  • SpaceCowboyBebop

    Love the ranting! It totally agree with what Sess is tlaking about!I think that great stories need to remain in the medi which makes them great, and do not need to be adapted. but i must admit that it will still see movies of my favorite comics (Watchmen). THE SESS ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:43 PM
  • Grublet

    I agree with Sessler on Watchmen. That movie is 3 hours of big blue dong.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:34 PM
  • JDarkley

    I completely agree with everything Adam said (except about the Watchmen movie, but so it goes). There are just certain conventions of each medium that only work in that given medium. It really shouldn't be that hard to make a decent popcorn thriller if the only materials used from a game are the characters in setting. All Hollywood needs to do at that point is find a director with some skill (not the likes of John Moore) and a decent screenplay. That screenplay bit is were it gets a bit tricky because nobody in Hollywood has written a decent screenplay in decades. Yeah, you have your Taratinos and your Coen brothers, but they're not the ones bringing you the Gears of War movie, are they? Those are just the technical aspects of the problem, but really the whole thing is our fault. When crap like Max Payne and RE: Afterlife are number one at the box office (or Green Hornet, just this last weekend), can we really blame Hollywood at that point? What happened to our capacity for critical reasoning?

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:26 PM
  • FunkyMcGee

    I love the analogy that it is a snake eating it's tail type of cycle. It is so very true but there is a lot of potential money and market in that cycle and that is what keeps pulling the cinema back to the gaming industry for "inspiration". With regards to Uncharted, there were plenty of Uncharted fans screaming out for a movie and now they are just pissed off that the "Nathon Fillion as Nathan Drake" Facebook campaign didn't work.

    Sidenote @3:50, did they miss the bleep for furry, footed, f#$ks or did I completely here him wrong.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:23 PM
  • Tylerr

    Comic book to movies are the only ones i look forward to for the most part, i love the whole superhero genre but reading and looking at a still picture and seeing a moving one are totally different things.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:22 PM
  • Natedizzy

    P.S. True Grit was a kick ass movie.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:21 PM
  • SonyNmbrOneGuy

    Tolkien does suck. I remember reading up to the point where he goes into great detail describing dew on grass. Like an entire page of it...

    I learned my lesson back in the 80's with all of those Stephen King adaptations.

    Uncharted: Among Hitman.....Say hello to ya motha for me...

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:21 PM
  • Natedizzy

    I am just suprized some people still think there may one day be a decent one and I don't ever see it happeneing.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 4:20 PM