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The Angry Birds Movie 2
The first animated movie based on Rovio’s mobile game was exactly what people expected from a quickie on a fading fad. But The Angry Birds Movie 2 gets stranger with his approach to the world of birds and pigs at war on neighboring islands. Producers handed over the sequel Flapjack’s great setbacks creator Thurop Van Orman. He takes some welcome detours in the story, adding strange new side characters and absurd plot elements while maintaining the child-centric tone.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 streams on Netflix ($ 8.99 + per month) and is available for digital purchase ($ 7.99 +) and rental ($ 2.99 +) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and other digital outlets.
For many fans, 1995’s Mortal Kombat was the first legitimate video game movie, an action-packed spectacle with an indelible soundtrack and a genuine affinity for the game that inspired him. The film captures the simplicity of Midway’s arcade fighting game with familiar characters and catchphrases. It features expertly choreographed martial arts within a vaguely fantasy-inspired storyline (which is really just an excuse for more fight scenes).
Mortal Kombat streams for free through many local libraries on Hoopla and is available for digital purchase ($ 7.99 +) and rental ($ 2.99 +) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and other digital outlets.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
It seemed a bit strange that the very first live action Pokémon film would be based on the spin-off game Detective Pikachu, but that turns out to be the perfect choice for a fun science fiction movie with broad mainstream appeal. As a cynical detective voiced by Ryan Reynolds, adorable little monster Pikachu solves a mystery in a futuristic city populated by humans and Pokémon. Pikachu teams up with the son of a missing detective (Justice Smith) to track down the young man’s father.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu is available for digital purchase ($ 7.99 +) and rental ($ 3.99) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and other digital outlets.
German filmmaker Uwe Boll made a career directing nearly universally maligned video game adaptations, including Alone in the dark and house of death Post is Boll’s long middle finger to his critics, an aggressively offensive comedy based on the button-pushing video game series. Post is vulgar, violent and deliberately obnoxious, with cameos from both Boll and game designer Vince Desiderio as himself, essentially taunting audiences. It’s uniquely awful and awfully unique at the same time.
Post streams on Amazon Prime Video ($ 119 per year after a 30-day free trial).
Do you enjoy watching giant monsters fight? Because that’s what you get in it Rampage, a loose adaptation of the popular 80s arcade game. Dwayne Johnson gets the highest billing, but the real stars of this movie are the mutated animals (gorilla, crocodile and wolf) that wreak havoc across a variety of landscapes. There’s more plot to this movie than the simplistic game, but the filmmakers still only introduce as much story as it takes to attack the monsters (and give Johnson some cool one-liners).
Rampage streams on HBO Max ($ 14.99 per month) and is available for digital purchase ($ 7.99 +) and rental ($ 3.99) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and other digital outlets.
Director Paul WS Anderson has drawn cult status for his brand of no-nonsense action movies, and he is the main author behind the successful Resident Evil franchise. Anderson has directed four of the six films based on the Capcom game series, starting with this first episode. The first film introduces Milla Jovovich as Alice, a secret agent fighting the zombie apocalypse unleashed by the sinister Umbrella Corporation.
Resident Evil is available for digital purchase ($ 9.99 +) and rental ($ 2.99 +) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and other digital outlets.
One of the most acclaimed video game adaptations, Silent Hill the spooky horror game turns into a spooky horror movie. Radha Mitchell stars as a mother searching for her missing daughter in the haunted town of Silent Hill. The more she explores the city, the deeper she falls into a nightmare, with characters and images from the game. It is a surreal, disturbing film that follows the unpredictable logic of a dream.
Silent Hill is available for digital purchase ($ 12.99 +) and rental ($ 2.99 +) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and other digital outlets.
Sonic the hedgehog
After years of trying to bring Sega’s flagship character to the big screen, Sonic the hedgehog became a big blockbuster in 2020 with its mix of sci-fi action and crazy comedy. Ben Schwartz voices the hyperactive blue title character, with Jim Carrey as Sonic’s longtime nemesis Dr. Robotnik. It’s a family-friendly film that doesn’t break new ground, yet finds a way to effectively place Sonic in the context of an audience-loving blockbuster.
Sonic the hedgehog streams on Amazon Prime Video ($ 119 per year after a 30-day free trial), Hulu ($ 5.99 + per month after a 30-day free trial), and Epix ($ 5.99 per month after a free trial of seven days), and is available for digital purchase ($ 12.99 +) and rental ($ 2.99 +) at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and other digital outlets.
After the guided by Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movies failed with two submissions, adventurer Lara Croft rebooted with this grimmer version starring Alicia Vikander. Vikander’s Lara is still a treasure hunter running around the world, but she’s more of a scrappy hunter than a glamorous socialite. Here Lara goes in search of her missing father, who takes her to ancient ruins on an island off the coast of Japan. There she faces both mythical dangers and the more common (but also dangerous) threat of human greed.
Tomb Raider is available for digital purchase ($ 14.99 +) and rental ($ 3.99) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and other digital outlets.
The Most Profitable Video Game Movie of All Time, Warcraft was a big hit with an international audience. It was a passion project for sci-fi author Duncan Jones (Moon Source code), who co-wrote and directed Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG adaptation. Warcraft is an action fantasy epic about the battle between humans and orcs for the fate of two worlds. Jones brings his love of the game to this grand saga, setting up a potential franchise yet to come.
Warcraft is available for digital purchase ($ 13.99 +) and rental ($ 3.99) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and other digital outlets.