The Last of Us movie, what could possibly go wrong? (pretty much everything)

March 13, 2014

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Guest blogger The Jay Doctor mentioned it a few days ago, a movie based on acclaimed PS3 Game “The Last of Us” is in the works. “The Last of Us” grabbed many awards, and was nominated for “Game of the Year 2013″ in more than 15 famed events. IGN’s review of the game in particular, says “The Last of Us seamlessly intertwines satisfying, choice-based gameplay with a stellar narrative”.

For those of you who have played the game, you already know how close to a movie the experience feels like. If a game was to ever be made into a movie, The Last of Us would be the best choice.

So what could possibly go wrong with this?

First, you’ll have to look at the history of video-game based movies. I dare you to find one that is good. After discussing a bit in real life and on twitter, a few people were able to give me a few names of video-game based movies that were “decent” in their opinion. Not good, but decent. Is a “decent” movie the thing you would like to happen for the best game of the year 2013? (all the examples I was given as “decent” go into the “trash” category for me, but beauty is subjective, I guess…)

Think of all the video game movies you’ve seen, and try to name a good one. Sounds tough? While you think about it, here’s a selection of really bad ones: Super Mario, Doom, pretty much every single movie in the “Resident Evil” series, Silent Hill, Street Fighter, Tomb Raider, Max Payne, Final Fantasy (The spirits within), Prince of Persia… you name it. Popular actors or a huge budget don’t seem to help these movies either: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within cost $130 million!

Yes, the statistics are not on the side of a movie version of The Last Of Us being good. Just ask google:

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Yeah…

People got quite excited that Sam Raimi, who directed pretty cool stuff such as Spiderman 1 and 2, or the cult movies Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. But as a director he’s also responsible for things such as a terrible remake of horror movie The Grudge. More importantly, he is not going to be working on The Last of Us as a director, but as a producer. And let’s get this straight, his track record as a producer is pretty damn terrible, with an average of 23% on rotten tomatoes (to give you an idea, that’s the same rating as Twilight : breaking Dawn part 1). Chances of Sam Raimi redeeming himself as a producer with The Last of Us? Pretty low, if you ask me.

The fact that The Last Of Us is as close to a movie as a video game can get, and that Naughty dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann will be involved in the script writing gives me some hope for the movie to not be a total disaster. But writing a movie is not the same as writing a video game, so this still sounds like a risky venture.

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My take on it: it will be decent, at best. But I loved the video game so much that I might still go and see it. The disappointing part would if be people who have never played the game get introduced to Naughty Dog’s impressive universe through a mediocre movie. Still crossing fingers, but not raising my hopes too high on this!

Well, it could have been worse, at least it seems Uwe Boll is not involved.

Are you gonna go and see “The Last of Us, the movie” when it’s out?

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