Mortal Kombat ★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

I loved this when it came out, but on modern rewatch, I have a hard time getting past how much the leads are seemingly cast purely for their ability to do fight choreography. Except Christopher Lambert, he's just a terrible actor with Highlander name recognition, right? His character's just an exposition machine who doesn't even fight.

The Johnny Cage / Sonya romantic storyline is pointless to the point of being offensive - she's really just there to be kidnapped, put into a dress (for ...why?), and then to be rescued by the manly heroes.

I do enjoy the fight scenes, and how shameless the constant use of the theme song is. Yelling MORTAL KOMBAT will always make me smile.

I don't enjoy how many times characters insist on saying "flawless victory" after fights where both sides take damage. That's... not what that means, even in the context of the movie itself, which sets it up as a catchphrase in Sub-Zero's first fight.

Decent to play in the background when you're doing something else.