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…
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…
"The Mortal Kombat movie rules"
Still as corny and fun as when it came out!
Probably one of the best video game to movie cross overs ever....
It's been a fair few years since I'd last watched 'Mortal Kombat', it's something of a guilty pleasure of mine and have revisited it many times since my first viewing as a youngster. I've never really thought about it too deeply, but as I sat down to write about it, something struck me, this film is complete nonsense.
It kicks things off with about 20 minutes of character introductions, before a rickety old boat turns up, which looks like it couldn't even hold its own weight let alone carry all these people to some undisclosed island location. Now this ship apparently shares many attributes with Dr Who's TARDIS, as not only is it big enough and strong enough to carry…
Poorly shit and plotted. Bad action.
Outrageous 90s trash, but so damn entertaining and with one of the most hilariously over the top and dumb soundtracks ever.
When I first announced this challenge back in December, Ken Gagne was one of the first ones to lock in his choices - but he chose a week in May rather than January. So I've had quite a while to consider his choices, and I'mma be honest, when Mortal Kombat the movie was one of them, I had a moment of wondering if this whole idea had been a terrible mistake! Letting other people pick movies for me? Who knows what could happen? Well, what's happened has been wonderful, and even the movies I haven't been looking forward to have given me a lot of pleasure.
This is a video-game based movie made probably before video-game based movies got the…
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.
is it really? but is it REALLY??? is it really THE END????
special thank you to pd187 for giving the…