The Ninja is a master of stealth, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and looking cool.
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!"
Compared to the other big movie about fighting games of it's time, Mortal Kombat is a vastly superior movie - from a technical point of view. The fights are actually well-choreographed and the special effects hold up surprisingly well. But the comparison to Street Fighter: The Movie also needs to acknowledge that Mortal Kombat does not have the charm of Street Fighter. The last third of the movie is not as good as the beginning and middle, and at times the movie ends up being a little boring. Still a fun movie and one of the better martial arts flicks of its time.
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.
When you finish watching this movie have a listen to the 'How did this get made?' Podcast (Episode 81) on Mortal Kombat earwolf.com/episode/mortal-kombat/ it's gonna be fun!
Mortal Kombat is not about death, it's about life.
Mortal Kombat is not a good film, but there's something about it that's endearing enough to make this about the 4th or 5th time I've seen it. Granted, it's probably been close to a decade since the last airing and it'll probably be another ten years until I feel the need to immerse myself in this tale of complete nonsense again. At least half the points have to go to the soundtrack - combining acts like Fear Factory and Orbital doesn't work at all in theory, and to tell the truth doesn't work in practise much either, but somehow when thrown together with the action on screen it makes a kind of sense.
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