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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.
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.…
Eh, whatever. It's fine. It does what it wants to do for the most part, I guess.
I mean, it's poorly edited, pretty choppy in terms of pacing, a lot of the fights aren't that good, the acting is pretty shit, writing is, just there, but I admit, there's some form of enjoyment to be had, both intentionally and unintentional.
The final fight was pretty decent, some moments are kinda fun, (such as the fights with Scorpion and Sub Zero), the production value and sets (outside of the CGI that look like "Lawnmower Man" rejects) are pretty good. It's never really THAT boring, but god damn, I heard this was tamed, I wasn't expecting something THIS tamed.
No it's not…
So incredibly cheesy, but quite a bit of fun.
Not a flawless victory, but still plenty of charm. The early CGI effects are laughable but the practical ones are pretty good, and the production design is actually kind of lovely in a crazy baroque way. And there's some solid humor amongst the unintentional cheese; Christopher Lambert is charmingly odd as the Lightning God Raiden and Linden Ashby is perfect as cocky movie star Johnny Cage. The first half is ENTER THE DRAGON; the second half abandons any pretend of having a story for a nonstop barrage of fights, some of which are surprisingly decent. Paul W.S. Anderson shows some flashes, to be sure.
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…
My god, this is probably the best way ever to spend a Saturday night. Before I start the review, I would like to say that Mortal Kombat is the best video game movie in terms of which is the most faithful and similar to the game, even-though Resident Evil is my personal favorite video game movie, this is a close second. Mortal Kombat is just so insanely awesome with its cheesy dialogue and Paul W.S. Anderson's great signature direction who shoots the hell out of this film. Yes, there is not much plot or character development, excluding the main four characters, but that is why I love Mortal Kombat since it's exactly what the game is, people…
Best thing about this movie was when Reptile showed up to fight Liu Kang. Really great fight scene
I loved this movie as a 13 year-old. It's pretty much a perfect movie for a 13 year-old. As an adult, well, I found it pretty ridiculous, but not completely unenjoyable.
Has a movie ever inspired so much energy before the title screen even appears? I wish the theme song played over every scene.
Anderson shoots the shit out of this dumb fucken movie.
Some of those fights make me sweat 🔥👄
People often pray for a good video game movie to release, but they neglect the fact that the perfect video game movie already exists.
That movie is, of course, 2001's Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, followed by 1994's Street Fighter, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia. Running third comes this little gem, 1995's Mortal Kombat.
This charming little notion has a lot of fun with what little it has, both from a budgetary and content perspective. We have our usual gaggle of tropey heroes: obnoxious rich white guy, stronk womyn (who eventually becomes a damsel, because plot), expendable minorities, the Highlander, color coded ninjas and plenty of Asians kung fu fighting fast as lightning. The…
America was in Mortal Kombat today and the Realm of Outworld won. Shao Kahn is now president of the United States.
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I love this movie.
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.