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Movie Review: Mortal Kombat (1995)


Directed by: Paul Anderson
Starring: Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Robin Shou, Talisa Soto & Christopher Lambert

The other day I bought Mortal Kombat X for the PS4. I love it. It’s a throwback to the early days of the series with its ultra-violence and gory fatalities. I still remember when the film was first released (twenty years ago) and everyone was buzzing about it. Me and my brother were huge fans of the video games so we obviously wanted to see it, but our mother wouldn’t allow us. She let us watch Street Fighter though. Thanks mam! This is the first time I’ve ever seen it so I don’t know what to expect. In tribute to the games, all that’s left for me to say is…..FIGHT!

Lord Rayden (Christopher Lambert) handpicks three martial artists hailing from different ways of life — federal agent Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson), Shaolin monk Lui Kang (Robin Shou) and action movie star Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) — and mentors them. After intense training, Rayden transports the trio to Outworld, the site of an inter-dimensional fighting tournament going by the name of ‘Mortal Kombat’ where the best of the best of each Realm participate in. There, they must defeat the demonic warriors of the evil Shang Sung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) — or allow Sung to take over the world.

I’m massively disappointed in this. When you think about how shocking and violent the games were in their early stages this is actually pretty tame. It just doesn’t feel like a Mortal Kombat film at all. Imagine if Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Charlie Chalk all took part in a fighting tournament, yeah, it’s that tame (Imagine the fatalities those guys would have, make them DLC in MK11)! The CGI was terrible. Back in ’95 they could have been considered cutting edge but they haven’t aged well. The visual scenery is great and all the money probably went towards making that aspect look real but they completely ignored this very one distracting aspect. The acting wasn’t mediocre like I believed it would be, credit must be given to Linden Ashby for his performance as Johnny Cage. Oh yeah, that scene where Cage punches Goro in the balls was funny! I also want to mention that they guy who played Sub Zero, François Petit, used to work for the WWE in the late 90’s as the head physio. SO there you go!

I’ve waited twenty years to see this, now that I finally have I feel as though I’ve been on the receiving end of 100 fatalities!

Better than Street Fighter though.

Rating; ** (No Way Pedro)


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