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People who added this item 427 Average listal rating (299 ratings) 2.8 IMDB Rating 0

Yet again, Uwe Boll. The first half were actually almost watchable. Naturally it was also infested with some terrible acting, dialogue and an awful voice-over. Not to mention that godawful action scene. Yet, there were some aspects in the plot that could have been interesting in the hands of someone more talented.

The last half however is just dreadful. I've never been so bored in my life before. While it might be technically okey, this film offers some of the most uninspired action scenes I've seen in a very long time.
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People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 3.9 IMDB Rating 0

Gosh, this film was terrible. Really cheesy and just awful. The only noteworthy thing in it is Alyssa Milano's ass. That's saying a lot.

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People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (261 ratings) 2.7 IMDB Rating 2

Uwe Boll again! This time with a film that is so bad that it is almost good. Just almost. It's hard to write anything concrete about it. It's just so ridiculous. I'll let this dialogue speak for itself.
Rudy: "You did all this to become immortal. Why?"
Castillo: "To live forever!"
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A film made by the infamous director Uwe Boll. It's just shit. I'm surprised that he managed to get actors like Jason Statham to appear in it, not that he managed to save the film in any way.
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Never was a huge fan of the last film, and I've never touched the video game. I guess the film would have made more sense if you've played the game, or if you for some reason remember anything from the previous film. I found there to be some confusing aspects in this film, but then again, the plot wasn't exactly compelling enough for me to get interested in it. Take away the Silent Hill setting, and you've basically got a very ordinary horror story.

But where this film falls flat is that it heavily relies on graphic, disturbing images to shock or scare you. The problem with that is that if you're going to attack the viewer with those kind of images, you need to build that around some sort of atmosphere. The images themselves don't work if there's nothing else there to grab you.
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People who added this item 1505 Average listal rating (1023 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 0

Yeah, I don't get it. It's an awful film. Aside from the theme song, there's nothing redeemable here. Adapting a video game like Mortal Kombat doesn't really require much. It's more or less just to toss in a few awesome fights, but this was beyond boring. The fights was lackluster as fuck, while everything surrounding it was just bad. I see that many people are claiming it as some sort guilty pleasure, but I fail to see the entertainment value here. It's just bad.
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People who added this item 464 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 3.6 IMDB Rating 0

Well, it's not exactly the abomination I expected it to be from Uwe Boll, but it's still very bad. I appreciate that Boll decided to keep the gore and nudity in, but the film feels very sloppily made. There's barely any script here, the action is poorly directed and the performances are phoned in. And Michelle Rodriguez is a recipe for bad.

I don't know how how true it is to its video game, but knowing Boll, I really don't think there's much.
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Didn't like it as much as I liked the others while I was much younger. Might catch it again sometime. I guess.
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Another example of why a rewatch with Extinction and Apocalypse might be a bad idea. This one I saw much more recently. It's just boring, dumber and not particularly engaging. Even Milla Jovovich ain't as hot as she usually is in it.
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It's essentially just a very stretched episode. The plot is not grand enough for it to justify it being a full-length feature film, and the same story could have been told in the 20 minutes an episode of the Anime usually lasts. This does especially become a problem in the second half, which is basically just very overlong battles between the original Pokémon's and their individual clones. And seeing as they then also look the same, it's impossible to know which one you're supposed to root for.

Another issue, one it shares with the Anime series, is that the three lead human characters are so bland, even more so this time.
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People who added this item 1040 Average listal rating (695 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 0

Speaking of boring, this is another film that really pushed my attention. Again, the visuals were great and some certain scenes were decent enough. Still, in the end, it's just big and dumb.
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People who added this item 2249 Average listal rating (1429 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
The visuals might have been great, but damn. This was boring as hell. I thought it started pretty decent, but once things started top happen, the more I started to look at the clock.
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Angelina Jolie suits the role as Lara Croft, but like most other films on this list, the plot is just stupid. The action is sometimes entertaining, but for the most part, the film is just boring.
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People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 4.4 IMDB Rating 4.8
Tekken (2010)

Short and to a certain degree an entertaining film with decent fighting scenes. The plot is ludicrous, the acting is weak, the characters are bland. It's filled with plot holes and is actually just stupid. Still, I enjoyed the fight scenes.
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People who added this item 3260 Average listal rating (2148 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 0

Now, why did I put this one lower than Extinction and Apocalypse? Well, it is because I rewatched it again. Which annoys me. Why did I have to go ahead and nearly completely vaporize a half decent memory of a film I liked when I was younger? Why did I just get that sudden need to see Milla Jovovich in sexy mode? Now, I don't think I dare to touch the others.

I thought it was pretty cool when I was younger, and there were several things I liked about it. Like the laser trap. Sadly, I'm not finding so many cool things about it now. It's mostly stupid, annoying and cheesy, with poor acting. And the fact that I just can't stand Michelle Rodriguez.
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And I guess I can say the same things about this as I did to Extinction. Didn't entertain me as much and while Milla Jovovich is hot, I think she is hotter in Extinction. It might also drop with a possible rewatch.
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The same thing goes for this one, basically. Lugia used to be one of my favourite Pokémon's and I also loved the story in this one. Just not as much as I did in number 3.
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Wow! This is bringing out the little kid in me again! I should try to catch it again sometime soon. Just to get that nostalgic feel again. Anyway, I loved Pokémon when I was younger (and I still do, I'm just not as updated on it any longer), and this was easily my favourite out of the films. I loved the story of it.
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People who added this item 190 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 0

The biggest problem with Hitman: Agent 47 is that there's barely any plot or any reason to care about any of the characters in this film. The action sequences are strung together by the bare minimum of what's required.

But this is still an entertaining film with several moments that feels like they're pulled straight out of the game. It's slickly made, and the action beats are well-designed.
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People who added this item 338 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 0

Even with the track record of poor video game adaptations in mind, the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed is one of my most disappointing film experiences ever. It is also one that frustrated me a lot. Because the film gets a lot of things right and there is much to admire here. Mostly the action scenes in the past. They are just damned cool. Wonderfully choreographed and beautifully shot. The performances themselves are fine and a lot of the themes the film brings up during the present time of the film is interesting enough. There are elements here to make good film, but shamefully the filmmakers have made some poor choices in where to put the focus of the film.

Everyone who knows the Assassin's Creed games knows that the segments that are centered around the present day are the least interesting parts of those games. It's to be able to explore the different eras in history that intrigues us. Which is why it's frustratingly mind boggling to see that the filmmakers have decided to keep the majority of the film during the present time. We spend roughly 70% of the film in boring Abstergo (the "evil" company in the film) landscapes. The film have reduced the scenes in the past to simple action scenes. Besides that, there's nothing. The character's are all essentially just stunt men. We don't get to know any of the characters in 15th century Spain. They're as paper thin as they can possibly be. So while the action is cool, that is unfortunately all it is. The film should have been around 80% in the past. That's where the meat is.

Whatever is happening during present day is fine enough. It's a bit overly plotted and character development and motivation is a bit scarce, but as someone who is really familiar with the games, I followed it closely enough without getting bored. It sets up for a sequel, and I must say that I'm slightly worried about it. Personally, I would think it's wiser to start from scratch and get it right.
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Possibly the film in this franchise that entertained me the most. Mainly because I think Milla Jovovich just keeps getting hotter. It might be drop if I dare to rewatch it. Not sure if I'm going to the take the chance.
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The best thing about this Tomb Raider reboot is undoubtedly Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. She fully embodies the role and gives us a fully fleshed out character that's both vulnerable and tough at the same time, making her exciting to follow.

The problem with the film lies in its story. It's a very generic video game type of story that really could have used a couple of rewrites. The action sequences themselves are mostly fine and exciting, but the story that connects everything is not as inspiring.
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People who added this item 949 Average listal rating (654 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 0

Now, this film I REALLY haven't seen in a long time. I guess it's easy enough to say that I thought it was entertaining as well, some sort of guilty pleasure. Probably.
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Also a while since I saw it, but it is also a film that entertained me very much when I caught it at cinema and later on when I saw it on blu-ray. It's visuals are dazzling and spectacular, and I'm a little bit fond of these kind of stories.
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People who added this item 350 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.5

With a history of rather bad film video game adaptations, Need for Speed comes across as one of the better ones so far. It might not have a proper story, and it's certainly full of clichés in the plot, character development and overall film language. But Need for Speed really delivers where it's supposed to deliver. It delivers speed.

So by that, Need for Speed is an entertaining and thrilling experience. By completely dodging CGI and focusing on real stunts and effects, you really feel the intensity and fast pace of these races. Add to that a likeable Aaron Paul and a super cute Imogen Poots, and you've managed to capture a great film out of absolutely nothing.
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People who added this item 1074 Average listal rating (729 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 0

It is ages since I saw it, but I remember it being one of my favourite "put on simply and watch it"-films when I was much younger. I thought it was very cool, very entertaining and very underrated.
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I've been waiting for a Warcraft film for about ten years, and now it's finally here. The film does follow some sort of video game adaptation curse. There hasn't been plenty of good films based on video games, and with great fantasy properties as The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones already existing, Warcraft is going to be a though buy for a lot of people and in particular those who aren't already familiar with this universe.

Warcraft have always been a little silly. There's a lot of fantasy mumbo-jumbo in it, and it has never truly shied away from embracing some of the cliches that comes with the genre. Though despite it featuring big clunky green orcs, silly magic and oversized weapon and armor, Warcraft is also about ideas and themes that most genre films shies away from. There are no right or wrong in Warcraft. With perhaps one exception, there is no naturally good or evil character present here and Warcraft manages to play up all sides equally well. It's also fine to see that the story actually got proper stakes, and that it avoids being predictable by providing enough twists and turns

While Warcraft manages to offer an interesting story at its core, it's first and foremost a visual spectacle. It's a CGI heavy film with a few practical effects and sets mixed within it. All of it looks great, and particularly the orcs looks amazing. The action is well-made and despite its PG-13 rating, it doesn't shy away from the brutality that a war of this scale would end up as.

It's a bit difficult to talk about Warcraft without going into my own bias towards this world. I'm a huge fan, and to finally see the world of Azeroth on the big screen is incredible. There are so many details, easter eggs and just downright amazing moments for us fans in Warcraft that I can't help, but to love this film. It's certainly flawed. It does try to gape over too much and too many characters over a short time, and it would have benefited from either simplifying it further or extending its length. I'm not sure how average film goers, and those who aren't already fans are going to react to Warcraft, but as a fan I thought it was amazing.
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Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jul 23 1:09
Actually I totally agree with you on Doom. Fans of the video games seem a little too eager to tear it down because it deviates from the game's story but even as a fan of the games I liked it. It is a "guilty little pleasure" if there ever was one.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jul 23 1:49
Although it's derived from many video games, I recommend the short film Pixels.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jul 23 8:43
Are you looking forward to Wreck-it-Ralph?
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jul 23 12:19
Personal choices for what is considered the "best" aside, I think you should include Mortal Kombat and (unfortunately) it's sequel. The first I always considered the best because it followed closely to the source material and was entertaining to boot, even for a movie based upon a fighting game with (at the time) relatively not much story.
Posted: 8 months, 1 week ago at Aug 17 19:08
Opinion as a butt; Everyone has it...
Posted: 8 months, 1 week ago at Aug 17 21:19
Yeah... I fail to see your point, or reason for commenting so.

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