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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.…
Eh, whatever. It's fine. It does what it wants to do for the most part, I guess.
I mean, it's poorly edited, pretty choppy in terms of pacing, a lot of the fights aren't that good, the acting is pretty shit, writing is, just there, but I admit, there's some form of enjoyment to be had, both intentionally and unintentional.
The final fight was pretty decent, some moments are kinda fun, (such as the fights with Scorpion and Sub Zero), the production value and sets (outside of the CGI that look like "Lawnmower Man" rejects) are pretty good. It's never really THAT boring, but god damn, I heard this was tamed, I wasn't expecting something THIS tamed.
No it's not…
So incredibly cheesy, but quite a bit of fun.
Not a flawless victory, but still plenty of charm. The early CGI effects are laughable but the practical ones are pretty good, and the production design is actually kind of lovely in a crazy baroque way. And there's some solid humor amongst the unintentional cheese; Christopher Lambert is charmingly odd as the Lightning God Raiden and Linden Ashby is perfect as cocky movie star Johnny Cage. The first half is ENTER THE DRAGON; the second half abandons any pretend of having a story for a nonstop barrage of fights, some of which are surprisingly decent. Paul W.S. Anderson shows some flashes, to be sure.
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…
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This might not be a popular opinion, but I believe Time is being kind to this film. It now has great nostalgic value and seems to capture the vibe of the arcade game (which, at University in The Nineties, we used to gather around the machine in the Student Union sharing 50p coins and yelling "Finish Him!!").
This doesn't have half the violence of the game (no ripped out spinal cords here) but it does have the slightly silly and fun corny attitude. The effects aren't so bad and the fights quite well choreographed.
Sure, it's no Ong-Bak. But it's also no Street Fighter!!!
Film #5 watched from my list of stuff I landed on in Tobias Anderson's Movie Roulette.
That's the MORTAL KOMBAT.
It hasn't exactly aged well, but the fights are great (Liu Kang v. Subzero: Dawn of Kombat is fucking awesome) and it's got a camp charm to it that makes it a fun watch. Christopher Lambert is a hoot as Raiden and Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa is threatening as hell as Shang Tsung.
Either I've really started to look closely lately or most of the fighting sequences are some of the clumsiest things I've witnessed. Definitely feels like more or less a exploration of a form and style than a complete film. Adapting a material that basically is based on series of fights is difficult and that is why Anderson's only possibility is to move forward - continuously. But there's rarely tension. We shouldn't really talk about characters because they are only pieces on a game board. But the ending left me quite puzzled. For a while, when the enemy is defeated and this storm of souls suddenly appears, I can't exactly say why but I felt genuine emotion (was I relieved that the film was over or was this some kind of plaintive nostalgia?). And then at the end we return to the realm of bad jokes and it feels like Anderson just showed me the finger.
Scorpion screaming "WELCOME" to Johnny Cage, after inviting him to his home, is one of the greatest moments in cinema history.
This movie was so bad, just don't watch it.
The sets, the framing of the shots, the lightning, the costumes! Orgasmic!
Es mala. Pero la amo.
Sigue de una manera decente al videojuego, las peleas esta bien elaboradas al igual que la banda sonora es energética.
A pesar de eso, sigue siendo una genérica película tonta de acción que no llega a mas, que desaprovecha varios elementos importantes del juego.
No es tan mala como las otras adaptaciones de videojuegos pero no brilla mucho.
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.