Each week in the Friday Faceoff, the editors of Complex will have an open debate with one of the other websites in the Complex Media Network on a timely topic. We encourage everyone to chime in with comments about our choices, whether you agree or disagree. Don't worry, we can take a sneak-diss or two.
Last week, we talked 2009 sneakers with NiceKicks. This week, we're going up against Planet XBox 360, whose video game guru Eric M. Bush was kind enough to debate history's best movies that were adapted from video games. It wasn't easy, because as it turns out, most of them are crappy.
With big-screen versions of high profile games like Prince of Persia and Metal Gear Solid in the works, we have high hopes for the genre's future, even if it did get off to a rocky start in 1993 with the release of the super-flop Super Mario Brothers. But they haven't all been bad. Take a look back at the best with our top 5 debate...
Planet XBox 360 Says: This makes the list only because it was discovered that Mark Wahlberg had his assistant play through the action game for research, because he was "too cool."
Complex says: Maybe they should have given the lead to Marky Mark's assistant instead? Visually the movie was sick, but as huge fans of the original series, this turd was a massive let down for us. It seemed like a B-movie in every way except for the cinematography.
Complex Says: This one did a decent job of staying faithful to the original game, while still being entertaining. Our only complaint was the casting of lead actor Timothy Olyphant—if they had gotten Jason Statham, this one would have been a hit.
Planet XBox 360 Says: I can remember the exact day I saw Hitman in the theaters, not because of the quality of the film adaptation but because I found the most-disgusting hair in my mouth that had transferred from my popcorn container.
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Planet XBox 360 Says: Christian Slater and Uwe Boll partner up for this all-time classic, some have referred to the pair as 'Kobe and Shaq' of the "video game" movie genre.
Complex says: Ha! If only we could leave Uwe Boll alone in the dark somewhere to die. We're going to assume you were being semi-ironic with this one and move on...
Complex Says: Granted, the plot in this slept-on flick by director Cory Yuen (The Transporter) is completely pointless, but there is another worthwhile reason to watch it: a squad of sexy women (including Jamie Pressley, Devon Aoki and Holly Valance) fighting for cash!
Planet XBox 360 Says: For some reason while watching this movie I kept flashing back to the first time I saw Blue Crush; mainly because it featured three attractive women and the same basic plot with sharks instead of ninjas.
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PLANET XBOX 360 #3 PICK: Laura Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Planet XBox 360 Says: Every guy over the age of twenty has fantasized about Angelina Jolie's "Oscar-worthy" portrayal of Lara Croft in this instant classic.
Complex says: We're totally with you on this one. Angie's tight-ass outfits will still turn any man into the Bone Collector.
Complex Says: Okay, both of these movies were kind of mediocre, but if for nothing else, they both get passes for their memorable soundtracks—SF for it's all-star hip-hop lineup, and MK for it's fist-pumping industrial jams. They might not be classics, but they always bring us back.
Planet XBox 360 Says: I am happy these two action flicks made your list, they were number seven and eight on my top ten; I am a bit surprised you chose the original SF over The Legend of Chun Lee (insert sarcasm).
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PLANET XBOX 360 #2 PICK: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
Planet XBox 360 Says: Combine some amazing computer artists and the infamous Final Fantasy VII story and you are bound to make the most "loved/hated" video game movie of all time.
Complex says: What kind of nerd shit is this? In fairness, we haven't seen this one, but we're sure you picked it to boost your gamer street cred. Also, if you're watching a CGI movie version of a CGI game, isn't that just like a 2 hour cut scene? What's the point?
Complex Says: The story kind of fell apart at the end, but this is probably the only solid, blockbuster summer popcorn flick to ever come out of a video game. And let's not forget, this is the movie that truly turned Angelina into the superstar she is today, so that's pretty awesome.
Planet XBox 360 Says: I can't disagree with this choice making the list and I spent a long time debating whether to put it at number two or number three, in the end I docked it a spot for the simple fact that me and my wife have had to wait an extra five years to adopt thanks to it's star actress.
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PLANET XBOX 360 #1 PICK & COMPLEX #1 PICK: Resident Evil (2002)
Planet XBox 360 Says: This is the single movie that will forever remind directors and fans that a video game can "successfully be turned into a movie", not perfect but far above the rest.
Complex Says: Gonna have to agree with you on this one. Resident Evil is definitely closest Hollywood has ever come to creating an adaptation that plays less like a half-baked "video game movie" and more like an actual entertaining horror movie. Even the sequels weren't half bad.