5 Fighting Games That Should Never Have Become Movies
It seems every other month Hollywood tries to take a video game and turn it into a movie. Most of the time they fail miserably. Uwe Boll is a shining example of this phenomenon, taking a beloved series like House of the Dead and turning it into something completely unrecognizable.
Yet Boll isn’t the only one who has taken a video game franchise and turned it into a movie to make a quick dollar. Many more studios have cashed in and fighting games have resulted in some of the worst movies you could imagine seeing. You could find better entertainment watching the pros at the game fight instead of watching the onscreen embarrassment. Here are some of the worst:
Who wasn’t excited to hear about a Street Fighter movie adaptation when it was first announced? Most people probably figured it would be bad, but they were still hopeful for good fight scenes. Was that too much to ask? While there are a few fight scenes here, they fall into the hilariously bad category. Adding this fact to the thin but somehow complicated plot makes this “film” fall into the “so bad it’s good” category. If you’re looking for a good adaption, check out the Street Figher: Resurrection miniseries. Inconveniently, you can only watch it on Verizon’s Go90 video service.
Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation
By today’s standards, the first Mortal Kombat movie was no cinematic masterpiece. The effects and action definitely look cheesy, but it had its moments and didn’t take itself too seriously. Sadly, the studio couldn’t just stop there. With the surprising success of the original, they decided to make a sequel. Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation took the worst parts of the original and ignored what made it good in the first place. The effects are even cheesier and the acting was even worse (if that’s possible). It seems like the original cast had zero desire to even create this film and it shows. Even Ed Boon (co-creator of the Mortal Kombat games) considered this movie the worst moment in the history of the franchise.
Based on the popular 1987 beat ‘em up game, the movie somehow takes the very simple premise of the game and adds in an unnecessary plot about two halves of a mystical amulet. While the effects might have been good for their time, it really shows its age in comparison to martial arts movies today. The fight scenes somehow manage to be boring and tedious. Still, the cheesy dialogue and hokey effects may hold some nostalgia for people who enjoyed the games and watched this movie in their youth.
DOA: Dead or Alive
DOA: Dead or Alive managed to follow the plot of the game series. They even included a volleyball scene. That being said, the games stories are paper-thin at best, which makes it very difficult to cobble together a movie. Instead, director Corey Yuen opted to focus on the fight sequences. While this does help keep your attention away from the bad acting and silly plot, it becomes repetitive 30 minutes into the movie. It can still be a fun watch, but only with the right friends, some beer and your own commentary track. Otherwise it is nearly unbearable.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Considered one of the worst video game movies ever made, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li doesn’t even manage to be hilariously bad like the original Street Fighter movie. Instead, the studio went for a more serious tone and seriously misfired. Nothing here works. The acting is terrible, and the script doesn’t elevate it. The action sequences fail to impress. As loved as Kristen Kreuk was during the filming of this movie, her star power alone isn’t enough to make this movie watchable. The only thing it brought to the world was the “ANGRY BABY FACE” meme.
If you want to judge for yourself how bad these movies are you can rent them on Netflix or stream them via Amazon Video or other services. Believe me, they aren’t exactly the most protected movies in the world. If you’re outside the United States or are having regional restriction issues, you can probably use a Virtual Private Network to watch one (Secure Thoughts has a decent guide to do so). Yet don’t feel bad if you want to stop watching after ten minutes. There are plenty of other good movies to watch (or coming up).