“The Beach” is proof that not every Leonardo DiCaprio film is blockbuster material. Based on a novel by Alex Garland, it’s about a hiker’s quest to find a pristine beach, paradise untouched.
Critics didn’t like it. The rom-com turned action-suspense movie didn’t jive with the audience as well. The “Tomatometer” splattered it with a 20% rating. The scenic photography was praised by all, but it would have been better if director Danny Boyle stuck to the book.
Max Payne is an edgy NYC detective on a quest for vengeance after his wife and baby were brutally murdered. “Max Payne” is based on a video game by Rockstar Games and Remedy Entertainment.
What went wrong? Film adaptations of video games rarely work. Seemingly, cross-marketing is worth the effort. “Max Payne” made a profit at the box office, but it was universally scrutinized. Critics couldn’t find a plot. And the only reason Mark Wahlberg did not win the worst actor Razzie is that Mike Myers starred in “The Love Guru” that year.
This sci-fi space adventure starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., is based on the “Wing Commander” video game. It’s another example of that crossover failing miserably.
“Wing Commander” was made on a modest budget of $30 million, but the box office saw only $11.6 million in ticket sales. Critics were vicious. Variety noted it was unintentionally laughable. Even Prinze hates it and has refused to watch any of it. He also said the script was a piece of junk.
“The Punisher” is a Marvel Comics Italian-American antihero named Frank “Castle” Castiglione. His wife and two children were the targets of a mob hit while he survived. He became a vengeful vigilante.
“The Punisher” is one of the infamous Marvel reboot disappointments. The tagline for the movie, “Justice with a vengeance,” succinctly wraps it up. There is not much else going on. Frank Castle is a merciless vigilante assassin and NYC’s most wanted man. Many think the movie leaves out too much of the Marvel story. The trademark skull is absent, and the character’s Italian origin.
Super Mario Bros
It goes without saying, “Super Mario Bros: The Movie” is based on the Nintendo arcade game. It’s a Disney film distributed by Buena Vista. Adapting, specifically, the 1990 “Super Mario World” game, the story is about Mario saving the princess and their land.
“Super Mario Bros” failed at the box office and critically. It had a paper-thin plot and flimsy writing. In 2007, Bob Hoskins (Mario) said it was the worst project he has ever worked on. To its credit, the visual effects in this Disney flick are predictably decent. It received an Oscar nod for visual effects.