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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
BLU-RAY disk
05.02.2011 By: Jaci Selby
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation order
Director:
John R. Leonetti

Actors:
Robin Shou
Talisa Soto
James Remar

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The heroes from the original film enjoy a brief period of peace cut short by the invasion of Earthrealm's evil emperor Shao Kahn. If the warriors don't defeat this new dark presence, the dimension of Earthrealm will be forever merged with the evil Outworld.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Liu Kang, Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage have only recently preserved the planet by winning the MORTAL KOMBAT tournament of the first film. Their respite is violently interrupted by Shao Kahn, emperor of Outworld. Even though they were promised that the battle was over, the heroes discover that Shao Kahn can ignore the rules of the tournament and has powers they've never imagined.

The cast is almost completely replaced, with only a handful of the original stars as anchors. Sonya Blade is now played by Sandra Hess with no attempt to emulate Bridgette Wilson's portrayal or image. Raiden is now played by James Remar instead of Christopher Lambert. Johnny Cage is only in the film for five minutes and is replaced by Sonya's partner Jax. (Played by Lynn "Red" Williams, though you know him as Sabre from American Gladiators) Robin Shou and Talisa Soto return as Liu and Kitana though, and it seems as if the entire film rests on their shoulders. The duo's scenes are the most watchable, though Im not sure if it's their acting chops or the fact that Talisa Soto is freaking amazing-looking. (The leather corset doesn't hurt)

As in the first film, the effects are dated, however in the second film it seems as if the animators took a step backwards. Some of the blue screen shots are so brutally choppy and weak its almost as if the special effects team gave up. You may argue the year of production as an excuse, but JURASSIC PARK came out five years beforehand. (Yes, it had twice the budget, but something tells me 30 million is still enough to make something watchable)

There are some new elements and characters, but its still the same story. Good guys vs. bad guys in a fight to save the world. There's an occasional attempt at a fresh take, but they're obviously borrowed from other films. (Native American shamans, famous landmarks destroyed, some dark lord is someone's father, etc)
THE EXTRAS
2011 Videogame Trailer: The same trailer released on the first film's Blu-Ray. Gameplay and cutscenes.

Theatrical Trailer: The original theatrical trailer from 1997. The special features are seriously lacking on this disc.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The original MORTAL KOMBAT wasn't some ground-breaking epic. But it was enjoyable. This? This was crap. Maybe if there were more than some trailers as special features, this would be worth a buy. It's almost as if the studio knew it was garbage and didn't bother trying to dress it up. If it's your favorite movie, I'm not gonna judge you. However, if you've never seen it, don't expect the campy fun of the first film.
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