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Mortal Kombat
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May 3, 2011 By: Jaci Selby
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Director:
Paul W.S. Anderson

Actors:
Christopher Lambert
Bridgette Wilson
Robin Shou

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three strangers are brought aboard a ship heading to a mysterious island. There, they are pitted against supernatural warriors in a tournament called MORTAL KOMBAT. Not only is it a fight to the death, it is a fight for the world as we know it.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The last time I saw this movie was at a sleepover in 7th grade. I had honestly forgotten all its cheesy goodness. The acting isn't the best. The fighting is heavy and slow. The special effects are obvious and dated. And yet, its really fun to watch.

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.

THE EXTRAS
MORTAL KOMBAT: The Journey Begins: An awkwardly-animated cartoon following the story of the film. Half of it is done in typical Saturday Morning Cartoon style, and the rest is done in computer animation. You can see a huge difference in character personality and style here as opposed to the film. It's a very basic backstory with some of the worst animation I've ever seen. Seriously, it's a hot mess.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A fun watch, and all the more so if you played the original game or remember the films coming out in the theaters. A great soundtrack and original characters even out the so-so acting and the crappy effects and set. (One of the boat scenes looks like it was filmed at a high school auditorium) Like they say: don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.
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5:22PM on 05/03/2011

Fun movie as a kid..

I loved this movie, even today I love it. I haven't seen it in a long time. But still. I loved the opening song, and ending song haylon haylon by orbital that song always got me pumped and put a smile on my face. And then the 2nd one came out, dont' even get me started on how shitty that movie was.
I loved this movie, even today I love it. I haven't seen it in a long time. But still. I loved the opening song, and ending song haylon haylon by orbital that song always got me pumped and put a smile on my face. And then the 2nd one came out, dont' even get me started on how shitty that movie was.
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3:14PM on 05/03/2011
AGREE this is popcorn fun at its best, I love these movies firstly because they are the only game movie ever made to capture the spirit of the games and characters, I personaly love sub-zero and scorpion! Then again saying that TEKKEN is actualy also very good i saw it recently and was quite suprised at how good it was, unlike streetfighter which was a pile of donkey shite!!! Secondly they are just low budget not to be taken seriously fun films that are quite enjoyable even today I have my
AGREE this is popcorn fun at its best, I love these movies firstly because they are the only game movie ever made to capture the spirit of the games and characters, I personaly love sub-zero and scorpion! Then again saying that TEKKEN is actualy also very good i saw it recently and was quite suprised at how good it was, unlike streetfighter which was a pile of donkey shite!!! Secondly they are just low budget not to be taken seriously fun films that are quite enjoyable even today I have my bluray copies and im proud of it...
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10:16AM on 05/03/2011
Mortal Kombat is a classic popcorn flick, its terrible but it never takes itself seriously enough that you would hate it, its just good fun. The Journey Begins was terrible! it was almost as bad as the actual saturday morning cartoon Defenders of the Realm that was on USA after the equally terrible Street Fighter cartoon. Nothing like a watered down kids show of a game where people violently kill each other. Only good this was that Ron Perlman did a voice in it.
Mortal Kombat is a classic popcorn flick, its terrible but it never takes itself seriously enough that you would hate it, its just good fun. The Journey Begins was terrible! it was almost as bad as the actual saturday morning cartoon Defenders of the Realm that was on USA after the equally terrible Street Fighter cartoon. Nothing like a watered down kids show of a game where people violently kill each other. Only good this was that Ron Perlman did a voice in it.
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