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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.
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.…
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…
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…
There's a new trailer for Mortal Kombat X online. I'm going to get it. Just so I can rip off heads, limbs and beat the living shit out of a bunch of colourfully pathetic characters whose development has stretched as far as you can stretch your nipples (please do not try and stretch your nipples as far as you can, or you can, but post pictures, or don't. We're starting to see every member's nipples anyway, might as well make it a group thing)
There's no doubt that this film is shit. But it's the gloriously cheesy type of shit. And it's tonnes of fun for idiots like me, and seeing all the characters and their horrific portrayals,…
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…
The Matrix without the pretension.
It's a decent tournament style fighting movie, though the tournament doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Solid action, and decent enough acting. Could have been better, but could have been a LOT worse.
If there's a town hall in my personal Rewatch City then MORTAL KOMBAT is sitting near the head of the table. Seen this one dozens of times, it never gets old for me. It's goofy fun.
Paul W.S. Anderson really seems to have a reverence for the MK mythology, as silly as that sounds. Every time a character from the game shows up we get a cool intro shot--Sonya Blade (Veronica Vaughn!) whipping into frame with the shotgun, the warehouse doors opening on Cage with the L.A. vista in the background, Kano turning toward the camera to reveal his eye. It's all good shit! Man, half the budget on this bad boy must have gone toward fog machines. 20 years…
This movie is not very good but boy is it fun!
Lacking the nostalgia-factor this doesn't really hold up. Kudos to the brutal violence during the point at which the boundaries of PG-13 were being truly defined, and the above average opening that incorporates the video game lore. Other than that though, there's not much to see here.
Terrible music, pedestrian fight scenes but a sense that it knows its own silliness makes for a sporadically entertaining shit show.
Watched this again with friends Saturday night. It is a movie about the video game. It has some silly parts but that is what makes the film awesome. Definitely recommend.
Its very interesting seeing the stark kontrast between the fight scenes. The ones involving Liu Kang and Johnny Cage are really good, mostly because the actors are really martial artists. Then you get the battles involving Sonya and Kitana, who are just pretty models, so their fight scenes are piss poor. The battle between Liu Kang and Kitana was pretty embarrassing, even a real martial artist can't fake it enough to be any good. The REAL fight scenes use long takes, while the fake ones are cut and edited to hell, making the kontrast between the two painfully obvious.
I wanted to use more words with hard C's just to replace them with K's...
What a film. Great action. Great casting choices (particularly for shang tsung) and great soundtrack.
All the films I could find that QT uses as reference points in his films.
1-48 Reservoir Dogs (Django of…
Or more specifically, actors who were fired, replaced or simply cut out of movies, often due to 'creative differences' but…