mortal kombatThere was once a time where movies were being made that were based on popular video games of the 1990’s because the video game business was booming. Sega Genesis had taken over the world that Nintendo had ruled and one of the most popular games that I owned was Mortal Kombat. So 20 years ago, New Line Cinema decided to jump on the trend after Capcom and Universal had released the movie version of Street Fighter the year before and they released Mortal Kombat the movie. The film follows three martial artists Liu Kang (Robin Shou), Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby), and Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) as they join a tournament to save the realm of Earth, but there lives are on the line as well. The film also stars Christopher Lambert (Highlander) as Lord Rayden, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (License To Kill) as Shang Tsung, Talisa Soto (License To Kill) as Kitana, the late Trevor Goddard (Deep Rising) as Kano, Chris Casamassa (Shootfighter: Fight To The Death) as Scorpion, François Petit (First Strike) as Sub-Zero, Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) as the voice of Goro, and the film was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

Mortal Kombat Stats








Mortal Kombat 4 waySo, this is the second film we’ve done where we kept track of the stats as a team kind of thing considering all three are fighting for their lives in this film. The three of them together had 25 knockout/kills with Liu Kang getting 12, Johnny Cage 9, and Sonya Blade with 4. There really isn’t an origin story for any of them, but more of a motive kind of thing. Liu Kang wants revenge for the death of his brother, Sonya Blade for the death of her partner, and Johnny just wants to prove that he is the real deal and not some fake actor. There really isn’t any love interest and as far as the big bosses are concerned, they were all taken care of (just watch the film). Looking at the way the films look 20 years later, you can say that they look a little cheesy, but at the same time it was really cool for it’s time and we got to see Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Reptile all in the same film. Granted, technology is a lot better today, but I still enjoyed this one especially since I am a martial arts fan and a fan of the video game. There’s plenty of magic and martial arts in the film to please anyone and it’s a miracle they were able to get all of it into one film without it feeling too messy and all over the place. That was what was the problem with Street Fighter is being able to balance all of the characters into one film and make it function. Marvel and Disney have mastered that art in the last 7 or so years. I liked the film and that is why I am giving Mortal Kombat 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

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