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Paul W.S. Anderson (director) / Kevin Droney (screenplay)

Cast:

 

Christopher Lambert …. Lord Rayden
Robin Shou …. Liu Kang
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa …. Shang Tsung
Linden Ashby …. Johnny Cage
Bridgette Wilson …. Sonya Blade
Talisa Soto …. Kitana
Trevor Goddard …. Kano

 

This Paul W.S. Anderson’s movie gained more success than anybody probably imagined. It’s a movie based on a videogame and one of the most successful of that kind. That’s the fact but we wouldn’t call it a good movie. We probably shouldn’t go that far. Maybe it has some potentional but this theme could have been used better. First of all, it’s a little silly to imagine this story as a movie plot. It’s hard to relive the story while watching the movie. There is Outworld as a parallel dimension to Earth and battles between those two worlds. It’s clear that it is more a videogame material. It probably should have remained that.

 

What’s Not So Great about the Movie?

Where to begin with the bad sides of the movie? We mentioned that silly and a little cheesy storyline. That’s one thing. Let’s go further. What the acting is like? To be honest, it’s pretty bad. Terrible is the better word maybe. What’s up with the Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa’s (Shung Tsung) acting? He kind of went too far with all that evilness. Something’s wrong with his facial expression. When it comes to fighting, they probably should have tried some martial arts classes. It’s an action movie involving fighting. It’s a necessity. Robin Shoue is the exception. He’s the only bright light in the tunnel called martial arts in the Mortal Kombat movie. The Hong – Kong actor should have taught his colleagues a move or two. Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage) and Bridgette Wilson (Sonya Blade) look pretty silly compared to his action moves.

 

Another confusing part of the movie is the location. How big Shang Tsung’s island actually is? There’s a variety of locations which bring only confusion for viewers.

 

Good Parts

It’s not all bad with this movie. It’s far from the disastrous movie. We have seen the worse videogame – inspired – movies. Trust us. Robin Shou’s action moves are actually pretty good and entertaining. Also, Talisa Soto’s beauty won’t leave you indifferent. The soundtrack is awesome. Keep in mind that Mortal Kombat was released in 1995. It aged well when it comes to its visuals. If you were a teenager at the time and a big fan of the Mortal Kombat games, you probably did like the movie back then. Watching it from this perspective, we wouldn’t call it so great.

 

So, there are some perks of watching the Mortal Kombat movie. You should give it a go, especially if you’re a big fan of the game franchise. You won’t be amazed, that’s for sure but you’ll have fun while watching it. If it still is not enough for you, maybe you should think twice about watching this movie. This is for true fans only.

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We made a review of 1997 John R. Leonetti’s movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. If you haven’t seen this ‘90s game adaption, feel free to read our critic and decide is it worth your time.

 

Characters

Here is a list of the main characters of the movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

 

Liu King, starring Robin Shou;

Kitana, starring Talisa Soto;

Rayden, starring James Remar;

Sonya Blade, starring Sandra Hess;

Jex, starring Lynn “Red” Williams;

Shao Kahn, starring Brian Thompson;

Shinnok, starring Reiner Shone;

Nightwolf, starring Litefoot;

Jade, starring Irina Pantaeva;

Sindel, starring Musetta Vander.

 

Story

In order to preserve peace on Earth, Liu King and other chosen Earthrealm fighters must fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament against the forces of Outworld. The rules are simple. If the Earthrealm warrior wins, that prevents Shao Kahn from invading Earth. Outworld needs to win ten tournaments for getting a chance to invade Earth. The movie makers apparently understood those rules differently. That’s the only explanation of the fact that no matter of the Earthrealm winning, Outworld managed to invade Earth anyway. Something’s not right there. That is a huge disappointment at the very beginning of the movie.

The invasion itself comes with interesting choice of effects. Fortunately, our heroes get to escape that and come out alive. The way they do that is a little strange, mildly said. They discover secret underground network and travel through that. Well, their choise of vehicle is also pretty strange. They travel via big metal balls.

 

Rayden’s Soap Opera

While Rayden seeks answers from the Elder Gods, Liu King and Kitana are looking for Nightwolf. Of course, nothing goes smoothly. Many villains attack them and finally take Kitana hostage. The group enters the Outworld with a plan to kill Shao Khan and free Kitana. While doing some major action, a touch of soap opera is brought in. Rayden opens his heart and talks about some tough moments from his past. That’s not exactly something Mortal Kombat fans are looking for. That definitely is not the time or the place. It all looks like he’s having a midlife crisis.

Did we mention another soap opera/romantic part of the movie? There is a part of something going on in the romantic department between Liu King and Jade. Is there a place for that in the middle of fighting for Earth’s destiny? I guess heart wants what a heart wants. We shouldn’t meddle in it.

 

The End

Every nice thing has an ending but luckily for us, bad things end as well. There is a final battle. The battle is between good and evil, Earthrealm and Outworld. Well, they failed to make even final moments interesting. In spite of our expectations, Rayden gets himself killed. That’s a shame. Wait, is he really dead? Of course he isn’t. He dies in the battle but then comes back to life as an elder god. They all return to the temple from the beginning of the movie. Sidel is also freed from her evil masters. And they all lived happily ever after.

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