Are you ever watching a movie and think to yourself ‘this could totally be a video game’? With technology and game development catching up with Hollywood this thought seems to be popping up more and more often. We see a movie that has special effects, feels fantastical, and we start thinking about what the game version might be like. Why is that?
Well for one thing games are a legitimate art form now, and with advances in graphics and writing we’re starting to lump our memories of playing The Last of Us with how we felt about last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. Where does one end and the other begin?
Here are some examples of movies that seem to crossover into the world of video games:
1. District 9
The director (Neill Blomkamp) was actually originally working on a Halo movie, and then got the opportunity to make this instead. The film has mechs, aliens, class struggle, and a down and out hero. This could easily be Fallout or one of the post apocalyptic games where you have to overcome against a seemingly impossible-to-win scenario.
2. The Matrix
This movie actually was a video game as well (albeit a wildly unsuccessful series) and captures that other-worldly feeling that we experience in modern games all the time. Weird future. Virtual reality. Conspiracy. Enemies that seem never ending (continually respawning). It also created ‘bullet time’ which has since been used in a bunch of games since. In that regard it might be a little of the video game being like the movie.
3. The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings was an amazing trilogy, but no matter how you slice it The Hobbit is … well not. It also feels very much like the video game version of the books. Adding new characters (Tauriel i’m looking in your direction) that would’ve popped up in the third person adventure game of the same name.
But it’s fun to watch. Just like a fantasy video game is fun to play.
4. Sucker Punch
This movie is the perfect example of a movie that feels like a video game. Action scenes with swords and giant guns, combined with hyper realistic sets and over the top action. A unassuming hero overcoming impossible odds.
Video game 101.
AND this movie might take the cake. It’s the first of it’s kind, and filmed entirely in the first person.
An FPS game come to life!
Like I mentioned earlier there are also video games that feel like movies. A good example might be Shiver: The Lily’s Requiem, where the plot seems like something you could imagine Jennifer Lawrence popping up in as a young adult summer blockbuster.
That, however, is a whole other list.
And don’t worry … i’ll get to it.