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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.
So incredibly cheesy, but quite a bit of fun.
Mortal Kombat is so damn stupid.
So so so so so stupid.
So incredibly and masterfully stupid that it almost begins to transcend itself.
But I love every minute of it.
Now, this review could possibly end up being me endlessly praising the Mortal Kombat video game, but ill try to keep it brief on that front. I grew up on Mortal Kombat. I remember playing it in the arcades when I could also and sneaking into my brothers room to play MKII on the Sega while they weren't home. They never let me play.... If my parents caught them letting me see spine rippings and spike impalings, we wouldve all be dead.
Growing up with the series, I always…
This was the shit when I was 12 and I still dig it 18 years later.
One of the few videogame adaptations done right. Stays true to it's origin and is really entertaining to watch. Impressive fight choreography, Christopher Lambert as Raiden - you can't get any better than that.
Too bad the sequel is pretty much horrible.
I used to like this movie so much more than I did on a recent rewatching.
This movie was never high art, with some shaky acting and some shaky fight scenes (and for a movie that's based around a bunch of fight scenes, that's a slight problem). That being said, it had energy, it moved along nicely, and it didn't take itself too seriously. It was cheesy fun. Unfortunately, rewatching it today, I fear that the problems began to outweight the cheese and fun. I still enjoy it, but I can't go any higher than that.
On the other hand, it contains one of my favorite lines ever, actually delivered well by Linden Ashby, who plays Johnny Cage: "I'm in a hostile environment, I'm totally unprepared, I'm surrounded by people who probably want to kick my ass...it's like being back in high school!"
Video games seem cursed to be poorly translated when it comes to cinema, for the most part, and Paul WS Anderson's take on 90's bloody action fest Mortal Kombat is sadly no exception to that rule; it's frequently stupid, badly written, unevenly paced and directed with headache inducing submission. Yet it retains a tongue in cheek that just about makes it watchable. Just.
For the most part, however, its just a blur of martial arts, cod-philosophy, amateurish acting and Christopher Lambert in a silly hat. The saving grace in many respects is Johnny Cage, very deadpan and not taking things remotely seriously in the way our other leads Liu Kang and Sonya Blade do; he's relief amidst the barrage of…
got a lot of calories from watching this
Loved this movie then, still love it now. One of my favorite video games and a very worthy movie adaptation. The fights works perfectly well with the dance music featured on the soundtrack. And I love that they included Reptile (who was always my favorite character next to Sub-Zero) and Kitana in the mix. Made for some reall good story-telling. The cast in this is actually quite perfect. In a remake, however, they gotta include the rivalry between Scorpion and Sub-Zero. That, on film, would be epic! Now if they could only get Gareth Evans (The Raid) to direct a reboot we'd be GOLD!
At first I was doubtful of this film but then Sub-Zero and Scorpion showed up and my nerd boner pierced through my television screen. This movie is dumb entertainment done right!
Well, turns out it only took me two films to start regretting this PWSA review.
Very... not good.
The 90s were the years where really bad movies were still really good.
Paul W.S. Anderson's commercially successful but critically panned adaption of the immortal video game is an unapologetically cheesy B-movie in every sense of the word. With bad acting, a nonsensical script, dated CGI and awful dialogue it's not what one would generally consider a "good" movie, but it's not without it's mildly entertaining charms. It could have used an R rating to match the over-the-top violence of the video games, but it still offers plenty of butt-kicking martial arts fun with a memorable cast of beloved characters. Despite it's silliness it's still one of the better video game to film adaptations (not saying much there) and it never takes itself too seriously thankfully. It's just crudely made. Things like the…
So incredibly cheesy, but quite a bit of fun.
One of the better video game adaptation movies out there, sad as that is. Its biggest flaw, in my opinion, is that the action isn't even very good for being based on a fighting game.
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