Released in 2010, "Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time" ranks highly on the box office as one of the most successful video game adaptations. Inspired by a similarly titled 2003 game, the movie features Jake Gyllenhaal as a sword-swinging prince and Gemma Arterton as a princess in distress.
The film incorporates elements from two games in the Sands of Time trilogy, including "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" and "Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones". Directed by Mike Newell, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" went on to do well at the box office. Viewers appreciate the movie's tone, which many believe to align with the feel of the video game.
Grossing nearly twice its budget, "Silent Hill" is a psychological thriller inspired by the eponymous Konami survival-horror game series. The movie incorporates elements and a few plot lines from the first, second, third, and fourth game in the "Silent Hill" series.
Featuring Radha Mitchell in the lead, the movie went on to be a success and reviewers praised the movie for its visual effects. Renounced movie critic Roger Ebert describes it "as an incredibly good-looking film". "Silent Hill" is followed by the sequel "Silent Hill: Revelation" which performed moderately well at the box office.
"Hitman" is a stealth video game series that follows the adventures of Agent 47, a skilled assassin for hire. The game premise made an ideal platform for a 2007 movie. "Hitman" performed well at the box office, more than tripling its movie budget. The film stars Timothy Olyphant in the lead role, with Dougray Scott and Olga Kurylenko playing supportive roles.
The movie received favourable reviews from critics, including one from Roger Ebert who observed, "Hitman stands right on the threshold between video games and art". Plans of a sequel were initially underway, but the producers later opted to reboot the series with the 2015 film, "Hitman: Agent 47".
Arguably one of the most successful video game adaptations, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" features Angelina Jolie as the lead character. A hit at the box office, the 2001 movie became the highest-grossing video game adaptation until the release of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" nearly a decade later. It is also one of the highest grossing action films with a female lead.
The movie's success led to a sequel two years later. "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" is a memorable film that stars Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, and Noah Taylor. Roger Ebert gave the movie a three-star rating, observing that the movie "elevates goofiness to an artform".
Not all game adaptations make it past the first movie, which is why the "Resident Evil" movie franchise is such a success story. With five films released as of 2015, the "Resident Evil" film franchise is the highest grossing film series adapted from a video game.
The action-horror film shares the same name as the popular Capcom game series. Movie plot lines vary, but they all revolve around the central theme of a world overtaken or soon to be overtaken by a zombie apocalypse. Starring Milla Jovovich as the protagonist Alice, "Resident Evil" bursts with creepy monsters and scary scenes, but never takes itself too seriously.