DETAILSRelease Date: Mar 14, 2014; Rated: PG-13; Length: 131 minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Dominic Cooper, Rami Malek and Aaron Paul; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Of course, this won’t stop Hollywood from trying. Videogame sales reached $15.4 billion last year in the U.S. alone, and it’s doubtful that studios will walk away from a pot that big anytime soon, especially as both industries rely ever more heavily on megablockbuster franchises. But lest you think it’s game over from the start, not all cross-pollination has been bad. Wreck-It Ralph and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World took videogame aesthetics and iconography and spun them into the DNA strands of their narratives. That’s a much smarter way to go. So let’s give up adapting videogames’ often-weak story elements while failing to provide the one thing they offer: the ability to play. Maybe then we won’t have movies like Need for Speed, where you look down at your hands and miss holding the controller.