12. Silent Hill
As with Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft, video cam aficionados were excited when French filmmaker Christophe Gans was announced as the director of Silent Hill, a creepy video game adaptation that promised to subvert expectations by leaning on the horror of its source material just as much as its potential for action.
Gans had previously made Brotherhood of the Wolf, a stylish French fantasy film that managed to create something new and interesting out of the genre by combining French historical setpieces with martial arts. Unfortunately, he couldn’t do the same for Silent Hill, a foggy slog that follows a mother (Rhada Mitchell) as she searches for her daughter through the creepy town of Silent Hill (played by Toronto, of course). The sequel, Silent Hill: Revelations, also isn’t very good, but at least that one wasn’t released with the burden of expectations.[/nextpage]
11. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Believe it or not, we’re ranking the original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider below its slightly better sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, despite the surfeit of subtitles. In this 2001 Simon West joint, Jolie plays Croft as a modern female update of Indiana Jones, who trots around the globe getting into fights with a secret society known as the Illuminati.
While the film seems to do right by its subject matter – it does have Jolie wearing revealing clothes while holding a big gun – it’s sorely lacking in imagination or fun. The result is dull and tough to get through for anyone not invested in the game series, even when a pre-007 Daniel Craig shows up as a “bad” tomb raider.
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