Mortal Kombat (1995) – Movie Review


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



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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