You're Such A Critic

YOU'RE SUCH A CRITIC

October 21, 2005

THE QUESTION:

Many action movies have translated fairly well to the video game arena. So, having survived Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Resident Evil and with Doom the movie hitting theaters today, we wonder, why is it so difficult to go the other way?

WHAT YOU SAY:

Video games have become more sophisticated with three-dimensional visuals, but let's face it: Tomb Raider is a shoot-'em up action-adventure game. The movie Tomb Raider was the same, as was Resident Evil. The filmmakers thought that a relentless assault of rampant shootings and gore could translate well to film, but a story is still needed in a movie.

JERRY SARAVIA, ROSEDALE

It is quite simple: The goal of a game is to entertain, which can be accomplished by any computer geek who has the time to create a game. The goal of a movie is to captivate, which takes a brilliant mind to accomplish, making successful translation from game to movie nearly impossible.

JOSH SIEGEL, REISTERSTOWN

THE NEXT QUESTION

With gruesome special effects easier than ever (and sure to be on display upon Saw II's bloody arrival at local theaters next week), we wonder: Are today's movies scarier than classic chillers or less so? Please send your thoughts in a brief note with your name, city and daytime phone number (and "You're Such a Critic" in the memo field) to arts@baltsun.com.

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