I do not recommend a vast majority of these films. In fact, a good 80-90% of these are anywhere from…
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 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…
"The Mortal Kombat movie rules"
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…
Part of The Official Royale (with Cheese) Summer Challenge 2016
The tagline for this film is:
"Nothing in this world has prepared you for this"
They were right.
In which a bunch of humans playing cartoon characters fight bad nineties CGI while Christopher Lambert cheers them on.
If I just described a movie that doesn't interest you even in the slightest then I'm not sure we appreciate film in the same way.
It was never meant to be high art but I think this movie succeeds at what it set out to do. It's dumb and loud and nonsensical. But it's pretty entertaining and mercifully brief and I dig the soundtrack. And that's what I wanted going into it.
Last time I saw "Mortal Kombat" I was 11. It was one of a kind, one of the first examples of the budding genre of video game adaptations. I left the cinema in awe of the spectacle and proceeded to watch it many times more when it hit the shelves in my local video rental store. I loved it.
But I'm not 11 any more. I'm almost 32 now and "Mortal Kombat" is retarded.
Probably detract 2 stars if you weren't 12 years old and OBSESSED with Mortal Kombat back in '95.
Even speaking objectively it's kind of unbelievable that this didn't end up a total failure. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; give it another decade or so and people will have completely turned around on Paul W.S. Anderson. He gave us the first video-game based movie that was not only entertaining, but a straight up box office success. Mayyyybe we should stop taking that for granted.
Terrible. Had more fun playing fights with my brother than watching this.
Esse Goro... Enfim, vamos lá.
Eu não me considero um fã da série de jogos do Mortal Kombat, mas apesar disso joguei a grande maioria e tinha uma carga de diversão ino... nem tão inocente assim. Porém, decidi dar uma nova chance ao filme de 95, retirando essa comparação (que apesar de inevitável, trata-se de outra mídia). E minha experiência foi interessante.
O filme é no mínimo, um lixo. A atuação é icônica, a história é absolutamente implausível, o CGI é medonho, os personagens são horríveis e esse Goro. Meu Deus, esse goro. Parece uma lacraia musculosa. Não existem palavras para descrever Mortal Kombat. Mas eu ri muito. Então eu vou me lembrar dele.
Film #8 of Scavenger Hunt 16.
Task #23-24: Two movies with a combined IMDb score of 10.
By any arbitrary method of determining the quality of the movie, this is a bad movie. But man did I have fun. This is essentially what Americans in the 90s thought kung fu movies were: bad acting, terrible dialogue, weird monsters, magic powers, juvenile CGI, convoluted plot, characters yelling "hayah!" with every thrown punch and lots and lots of choreographed fight scenes. It delivers on all counts, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. The fight scenes are all around pretty bad with some rather boring choreography and actors who can't really perform the choreography very well with incredibly slow movements. It…
Fun popcorn action
Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Carey Takagawa
One of the best videogame movies
Setting and practical sets
Might be too silly for some
Some dated FX
Scorpion and Subzero die too quickly
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