Movie's so zany and wild they may as well be animated (but aren't). Visual gags, non-sequiturs, a lack of logic,…
Nothing In This World Has Prepared You For This.
For nine generations an evil sorcerer has been victorious in hand-to-hand battle against his mortal enemies. If he wins a tenth Mortal Kombat tournament, desolation and evil will reign over the multiverse forever. To save Earth, three warriors must overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, their own inner demons, and superhuman foes in this action/adventure movie based on one of the most popular video games of all time.
A cinematic gift. Johnny Cage and Scorpion fight in a forest of mirrors, reflecting their moves until the fiery machismo shifts the entire stage into a strange, Hellish treehouse arena. It's one of the countless sequences of glorified, enraged cheese, and the soundtrack (which can't possibly be from this earth because it's so good) brings all the insanity together.
Mortal Kombat is essentially a live action cartoon - there are no rules of physics applied, no real set-up beyond a somewhat vague desire for the lead to get revenge upon the thing that killed his brother followed by a strange tournament for world domination, and even beyond the plotting is an atmosphere so insane and in and of itself that it's completely otherworldly. There are gorgeous Thailand settings, sure, but with them is an array of Saturday morning goofiness, complete with all the crazy fantasy sets, four-armed-princes, odd-ball ironic one liners and visually abstract fights.
The plot is close Enter the Dragon, bordering on being a full-out batch of thievery if not for the tone taken with the material.…
So fucking fun; a commentary on movement and aggression and the nature of adapting a work at all. Doesn't always work, but when it does (those opening ten minutes!) it's awesome.
So incredibly cheesy, but quite a bit of fun.
Is this the best video-game to film adaptation ever made? Considering the plethora of genuine awfulness made - this is actually one of them - this is the only film that sort of captures the essence of its original game. Ridiculous and over-the-top cheesiness but it deals with its adaptation in a way that doesn't require a unique space or point of view which is ultimately a hindrance to so many other adaptations.
Space is what makes a video game a video game in the modern world; to be able to explore this space as a character - a character you're personally experiencing - perhaps contributing to a closer connection than a film because essentially you become this character. The…
With its video game origins, dubious special effects, and limited script, Paul W.S. Anderson's "Mortal Kombat" can never be accused of being a great piece of cinema. With its self-deprecating sense of humor, nicely assembled cast, and determination to build a mythology that enhances it video game origins, however, the adventure film almost completely engages. It may not be the most accomplished cinematic work, but it is a lot of fun.
The story revolves around a group of fighters recruited to face off in a distant land. There is magic and martial arts, and the narrative tries hard to build a mythology based on the popular video game. That mythology allows the game's characters to take center stage while expanding…
Truly bad, but in a 100% watchable way.
Bad acting. Weak PG-13 fights. Atrocious writing. This movie has it all!
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa gives by far the best performance in the film, although Linden Ashby isn't bad as Johnny.
The fights are lame. Of limited options, the best one is Johnny Cage vs. Scorpion. At least it dynamically changes venue. But special mention has to go to the… odd ending of the Liu Kang vs. Reptile fight.
Overall: go with Street Fighter. It's a better movie, *and* its unintentional humor quotient is higher.
Because I just had to watch this again.
This was something I always secretly enjoyed as a kid. I did play Mortal Kombat in my local Arcade from time to time growing up, but I was never really that into video games (and usually I preferred playing TMNT or The Simpsons at the arcade instead)
As a kid I just thought this was good fun, but this is actually the first time watching it as an adult. What I hadn't noticed as a kid was the craft that it took to create such a great cartoon style atmosphere. This is camp to its core, and it was actually amazing the budget they were able to work with at this time.…
I...actually like this film. I know this isn't a memorable movie, but when you just want to unwind a bit and watch a dumb, inoffensive movie, this isn't a bad choice.
I like the sets, and the film hasn't aged terribly. There are plenty of movies that have aged better, but for being a for being what it is, I say the effects kinda hold up. Especially Goro, he looked good. Also I know I mentioned them, but the sets are damn fine.
Oh yeah, and even though I can see why a Mortal Kombat film with little blood could…
Fighting to the death can be sooo serious sometimes.
the sets are nice.
So apparently a tidal wave of Paul W.S. Anderson praise and reappraisal has happened since Josh "Killed by Jacob Folkerts" Lewis and Silent "I killed Jarret" Dawn reviewed the Resident Evil films. As far as I can tell, they haven't praised Mortal Kombat as extensively yet (SilentDawn wrote a three star review) so I'll take a crack at it.
It's basically an accepted fact that this movie was made for 13-year-old fanboys who scream "OHHHHHHHHHH!" whenever their main came on screen. And for a film that has that as it's MO, it holds up surprisingly well. Or not surprisingly if W.S. Anderson truly is the hero we all deserve. It gets the action right where it needs to be…
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