Paul W.S. Anderson
The story follows three strangers: Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. They each come from different walks of life and are lured to the tournament for different reasons. Liu is driven by revenge against the tournament's chairman: Shang Tsung, for the murder of his brother. Sonya is a U.S. Special Forces soldier bent on justice for the slaying of her partner by the baddie Kano. Johnny Cage is a famous actor who has recently been the target of a scandal branding him as a martial arts fake and is determined to prove otherwise.
Shang Tsung hosts the tournament on his elusive island where warriors who represent Earth face off against those who represent Outworld. Outworld's intentions are to win the 10th consecutive tournament and invade Earth. Chosen by the mysterious Lord Raiden, the three champions must win in order to prevent this. Im going to go ahead and assume you've at least seen this video game, if not played it. All the favorites are there, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Prince Goro and Reptile.
Most of the corniness and bad acting and even some of the crappier special effects I can look over. After all, it doesn't claim to be GONE WITH THE WIND, and sometimes a mindless action film is all you want. However, the adaptation of Reptile onto the big screen seems like the lamest attempt at animation I've ever seen. Its like the animators never even saw the video game, nevermind played it. He's awful, is what I'm trying to say. Other than that mess, the Blu-ray transfer is clean and crisp and the film is overall visually appealing.
Theatrical Trailer: The original trailer shown in theaters. I remember seeing this and going out to buy the soundtrack like every other junior high student at the time.
2011 Videogame Trailer: Opens with an awesome cutscene and shows clips of gameplay. Particularly amazing to those of us who played the original back in the day, to see how far videogames have come.