Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – Movie Review

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.



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.



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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