Rampage review “Bigger isn’t necessarily better”

Rampage movie posterRampage is Hollywood’s recent attempt to make the video game genre work and be the next big thing. Anyone who has watched Doom or Super Mario Bros. would tell you that video game adaptations do not translate very well to the big screen. So it’s safe to say adapting a video game franchise is a big risk. An even bigger risk is making a movie based on a 1986 arcade game of the same name.

That involves enormous versions of animals destroying buildings while the army tries to stop them, it’s a premise we’ve seen before in movies like Godzilla and King Kong but can this video game adaptation hold a candle to those classics? Continue reading

“Not as boring as the game” Warcraft review

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By Rob Stoakes

Of all of the video game movie adaptations, Warcraft is one of the more sensical ones.

It’s hard to play World of Warcraft for the stellar gameplay. Mostly it’s “click the thing” and “agonise for hours over whether you want +3 ugly green sword or the +1 ugly blue sword with +5 vs goblins.” And for a multiplayer game, the fans are some of the most anti-social people in the world. The basement dweller stereotype is cruel, disrespectful and often times entirely correct. Continue reading

“The fifth best video game movie…” Angry Birds review

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By Rob Stoakes

So I’ve talked about video games a lot on Movie Metropolis. A lot. And why? Well, the first wave of video game movies came in the late 80’s and early 90’s, made by people who did not make video games.

They were seen mostly as children’s toys, not their own art form, so they weren’t treat with respect. But now it’s thirty years since the release of the first Legend of Zelda. We now have a generation of film makers who grew up knowing names like Mario and Lara Croft. And now video games are taking their biggest step in earning mainstream respect with one of the biggest video games in the world getting its own movie, the blockbuster of the year…

… no, wait, sorry, I’m reviewing Angry Birds instead. Continue reading

“It’s a mad world” Hardcore Henry review

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By Rob Stoakes

Video games, as I’ve said in the past, are far, far better than films.

Let’s face it, video games have much better subject matter. This is a medium where plumbers fight turtles for coins, terrorists use robot dinosaurs and a town can kill someone with their own repressed sexuality. Also, games demand far more of the audience. The film doesn’t know if you’re paying attention or not. No film has ever stopped and asked you if you’ve understood the themes and motifs, and refused to play if you didn’t answer correctly. Continue reading