When I was growing up, I loved Street Fighter. Saying that, I loved any fighting game that I could play to waste away the hours. Whether it was Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat or Tekken, there is something special about playing a game where your soul purpose is to defeat your opposition in ninety-seconds or less. However, what I love a lot less are the film adaptations that are spawned from game franchises, particularly fighting games. I don’t know why, but they never seem to capture the magic that was encompassed in the gaming world, regardless of the genre, as Max Payne, Tomb Raider, and Need For Speed have shown. But now, with the news that a Street Fighter reboot is hitting the smalls screens in the form of a web-series, it begs the question… Will that be the trick that the big budget releases have been missing?
Let’s just get one thing right here, this is not a blockbuster release. It’s a small fry. This is going to be nothing like the JCVD flop of the late eighties, but something that depicts the journey of Ken and Ryu with minimal set design and far from state-of-the-art CGI. But then, so what? There have been far too many success stories in recent years of filmmakers reaching great heights from small surroundings (Gareth Edwards, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan), and the creators of this adaptation should be given a chance to prove their worth.
This is not a web-series that will turn heads with its fantastic plot. Nor will its acting shine as amazingly good. What it has the potential to do, however, is put in some action set-pieces on a minimal budget, much like The Raid: Redemption achieved three years ago, and in turn put the shows creators on the map. The show can be viewed online at YouTube.com/Machinima.