Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It lives

So... the computer which has been DEAD since about Friday is "back," so to speak... and thus so is what passes for my online "presence." Yay.

For what it's worth? "Max Payne?" Don't bother. Y'know what the problem with 90% of video game movies is? It's not that they're based on games... it's that they're based on the WRONG games.

There are PLENTY of games with original or at least uniquely-realized worlds and stories - Mario, Zelda, Bioshock, Dragon Quest, Prince of Persia, Fallout, Sonic, No More Heroes etc. all come to mind. Make a faithful adaptation of any of those and you'll probably get a good one. Trouble is, there are plenty of OTHER games that are basically just unofficial knock-offs of stuff that already existed - popular movies, for example - with the in-game benefit of interactivity. It's not exactly a new thing, either: Rastan, after all, was just Conan but you could PLAY it.

So one shouldn't REALLY be surprised when, for example, you make a Resident Evil movie and you get a Romero-ripoff... thats what Resident Evil IS. Likewise, since "Max Payne" was basically just a (very good) playable composite of every hard-bitten cop cliche from Mike Hammer to Dirty Harry to Martin Riggs, there's really no point in making a movie out of it and expecting anything OTHER than a generic cop thriller.

4 comments:

Kyle said...

I'm looking forward to the Prince of Persia movie, although my wife is less excited by the casting.

tyra menendez said...

what about all the supernatural stuff you see, in the trailers? my understanding was max payne was pure, playable film noir. where does all the stuff with angels come in?

Bob said...

I find it more than a little annoying that apparently a country that is about to elect a man named Barack Hussein Obama president is still somehow TERRIFIED of casting an actor of even SLIGHT Middle-eastern descent in a movie called “Prince of PERSIA”... But on balance I think Gyllenhaal is a solid choice. At least it shows they went for an ACTOR as opposed to a guy who just looks the part and can do light stuntwork.

Though honestly, I'd be more excited to see his sister play the chick from Heavenly Sword... or, failing that, just be photographed in the outfit...

Bob said...

Oh, and RE the angels...

The movie keeps all the game's references to norse mythology, and adds the idea that people getting high on the experimental drug get visions of Valkyries as they approach death for some reason. Those are what you see in the trailer, there's nothing supernatural going on.us