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MORTAL KOMBAT
1995 / Action, Fantasy
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Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by Kevin Droney
Starring Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Martial Arts, Video Games
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
For context, I saw this movie in the theatres when I was a pre-teen. I enjoyed and owned some of the Mortal Kombat games from the 90's but I wouldn't say I was a hardcore Mortal Kombat fan, I actually preferred the Street Fighter games.

This movie embraces its own absurdity rather well. Most of the main characters are cast properly and are featured adequately throughout. Another positive is that the movie is not saturated with too many complicated subplots, a common problem with adaptations of simplistic video games. The fight scenes aren't exactly going to impress martial arts aficionados and have a somewhat choreographed feel to them but they are still entertaining enough thanks to the pumping music and cool characters.

The computer effects are significantly noticeable in this modern day of high definition but luckily, due to the silliness of the movie, it's easy enough to overlook. The soundtrack is great as the movie opens with the kick-ass opening theme music and dictates the fast pace for which the movie maintains really well.

Mortal Kombat is a decent example of how to translate a video game to the big screen. While it does have many flaws, it remains a fun and nostalgic experience for those who grew up with these video games.
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Review by Alex Martel

6 / 10
When it came out, Mortal Kombat was generally considered the best video game movie to date, and deservedly so. Unfortunatelty, that isn't saying much. It has a nice, basic plot structure that's done competently and is easy to follow, memorable characters and one of the last great animatronics creature I've seen in movies in Goro.

But when it comes down to it, Mortal Komabt doesn't stand out enough in any way to warrant a high recommendation. It's surprisingly bloodless (so that kids could flock in the cinemas I presume) and by virtue of being a passable movie, I don't find it nearly as entertaining as the otherterrible game adaptations of the time, such as Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter and its own sequel, the delirously funny and awful Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

It's good for a nostalgic trip, and that theme song is one of the best ever (it's a Krime that it's never been inculded in any of the following MK games), but there are more rewatchable films out there for fans of video games and shlock.
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