Arguably one of the best, and certainly one of the earliest video game movies, Mortal Kombat turns 20 today. Released in 1995, it stayed true to the theme and plot of the original game, and had enjoyable fight scenes and special effects. I feel old.
Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, the movie followed the story of Shang Tsung attempting to conquer Earthrealm by way of winning 10 fights in a row in the tradition of Mortal Kombat. Shang Tsung’s champion, the well-known four-armed half man-half dragon, Goro already has nine wins under his belt. One more, and Earth would fall to Outworld.
In steps Raiden, the god of thunder, protector of Earthrealm, as he assembles a selection of human warriors to defend Earth’s independence. You can guess what happens, but it’s the adventure the movie takes you on that counts. The fights are fun, there’s very little in the way of brutality, but the fight scenes are action packed. Scorpion and Sub Zero utilize their ice powers and harpoon abilities, while Kano and Goro look grim and scary, respectively.
A sequel followed up in 1997, in Mortal Kombat Annihilation, which combined Mortal Kombat 2’s story. Robin Shou reprised his role as Liu Kang, but everyone else in the original movie was replaced by a new actor. The story followed Shao Khan’s attempt to conquer Earthrealm, following Shang Tsung’s failed attempt, but the movie was slated for many reasons. It has a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, whereas the original 1995 movie bears an almost unimpressive rating of 33%, yet the movie is still a fun watch.
I have watched Mortal Kombat this year already, coincidentally enough, but if not, I would have made plans to watch it again this week. Instead, I might just watch the more cringe-worthy sequel, as it has been even longer since I watched that one.
Do yourself a favour, and watch Mortal Kombat this week if you haven’t already. Meanwhile, there’s still life left in the Mortal Kombat movie business, with rumours that James Wan is set to produce a rebooted movie, that will be somewhat darker and grittier.
[Source: Mortal Kombat Community]