BioshockAs a gamer, I feel totally at liberty to say that most video game movies suck. Not only that, but very few would translate well to film without the kind of care that, say, a book adaptation receives. What can be an immersive and thrilling video game experience, as with Alan Wake or Uncharted, use some of the same old tropes that would in another media come across as hackneyed or tired without the care of a good screenwriter and director. Unfortunately, most studios look at video games as cash cows that gamers will eat up with a spoon no matter how mind-numbing. (Confession time: I enjoyed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the Resident Evil movies as much as the next gamer and/or popcorn movie fan.)

The latest example of a stinky video game movie was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, although there were plenty of things working against it from the start. Casting Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead, for one, was a misstep since it's hard to take him seriously as an action star, and it was an obvious play for the female audience who would otherwise not be interested in a video game movie. He's also been lumped in with the fracas over race in movies along with The Last Airbender. Also, it's not a very good game.