Video Game Movies: E26 You Will Pwn Nothing
Since we are now living in the era of the Sonic and Super Mario Bros movie, not to mention HBO’s The Last of Us, Remember Shuffle is taking a look at how the big-budget video game adaptation all began back in the 2000s. They review three films that, even if profitable, have been totally memory-holed by society: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Max Payne (2008), and The Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time (2010). They also do some quick rapid-fire reviews of Resident Evil (2001), Doom (2005), and Hitman (2007).
En route, they analyze how movie studios fundamentally misunderstand videogame source material in every respect, from character, to visual style, to gaming’s generally lowbrow nature. They also discuss Hollywood’s neverending search for IP that began in the decade, the obsession with the War on Terror in the 2000s, and how we are heading towards a singularity of popular culture.