A group of heroic warriors has only six days to save the planet in "Mortal Kombat Annihilation." To succeed they must survive the most spectacular series of challenges any human, or god, has ever encountered as they battle an evil warlord bent on taking control of Earth. Sequel to the film "Mortal Kombat," and based on the popular video game.
Best movie of this year hands down!
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Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
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The acting in this movie is really good.
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Mathilde the Guild
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
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I love MK games. The first movie was OK but this one!!! They blew it. Save yourself some time and avoid watching it!
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Ed Boon, one of the creators of the Mortal Kombat video game, calls this the "worst moment" in the history of the franchise. Coming from someone who loved the original film and has played every one of the games, I agree.Christopher Lambert was seen as one of the highlights of the last film. He's gone, replaced by James Remar (The Warriors). I always dislike whitewashing in movies, but Lambert was so game in his scenes and such an integral part of getting the last film made (Lambert's great attitude calmed director Paul W. S. Anderson as he worked on his first big movie. While the highest salary in the film, he paid his own way to go to Thailand and do all of his own scenes for basically free there, just to ensure the movie looked better. Plus, he paid for the wrap party.).In fact, only Liu Kang (Robin Shou) and Kitana (Talisa Soto) are played by the same actors from the previous film. Robin Cooke, who played Reptile, plays Sub Zero here, with that fighter gaining a much larger role.Did you like Johnny Cage last time? Lots of people did. Bad news - he's killed seconds into this new film to get over new bad guy Shao Khan. He's opened a portal from Outrealm to Earth (hey wait - didn't we just fight a tournament to stop that from happening?) and has brought back his queen (and Kitana's mother) Sindel back from the dead.Sonya Blade (now played by Sandra Hess, who played the cave girl in Encino Man) brings in her partner Jax and they immediately battle Cyrax and Mileena. Then there's Nightwolf (played by Litefoot, the Native American who also portrayed Little Bear in The Indian in the Cupboard), a shaman who will guide Liu Kang and Kitana toward defeating Shao Khan. Another fight against Smoke and Scorpion, with the help of Sub Zero, happens and Kitana gets kidnapped.Raiden meets with the Edger Gods, who don't really give any answers. I have several questions for them. Like, why are we fighting Shao Khan when we won a tournament to stop things like this from happening? And why is there a fight every ten seconds instead of character development like the first film? Or why didn't you bring back the actors we liked in these roles? And why doesn't the "Toasty!" guy show up?Nightwolf makes Liu Kang pass several trials to gain the power of Animality, which allows him to shapeshift into a new form. He must pass the self-esteem and focus trial. The trial of temptation, where Jade tries to get in his karate pants. And there's a third test, but we never get to it! One assumes that he passes it, as we'll see in the finale.Raiden gives up his immortality to fight for Earth, which means that he needs to cut off his hair. Jade is a double agent and while the good guys rescue Kitana, they still face tough odds. Raiden reveals that Shao Khan is his brother and their father, Shinook, is favoring his evil sibling. After a big battle, Raiden is killed at the hands of that very same brother.Another lengthy fight sequence happens, with Motaro, Ermac, Sindel and even Noob Saibot all showing up.Liu Kang then shows what an Animality is by turning into a poorly rendered dragon in a scene that makes this movie seem more dated than the 1995 original. Luckily, the Elder Gods discover the shenanigans afoot and declare another round of Mortal Kombat.Aren't you glad we have Liu Kang on our side? He defeats Shao Kahn and allows Raiden to return as the Earth realm wins again.Director John R. Leonetti would go on to be the cinematographer for The Scorpion King, I Know Who Killed Me, The Conjuring and The Insidious series before directing Annabelle and Wish Upon. He's done great work in those films, but this film feels so much cheaper than the original. It's weird, because that film succeeded because it transcended it's junk food origins while the sequel just piles way too much on.Original directed Paul W.S. Anderson decided to do Event Horizon instead of this film. He hated the results and that's why he's stayed close to the Resident Evil franchise throughout its sequels.It's hard to hate a movie where alien monsters battle ninjas, so if you accept this one as goofy chop socky fun, it's fine. But when compared to the original - and with the rich mythology of the Mortal Kombat video games at its fingertips - this one really suffers. There have been rumors of a franchise reboot for years, including two online series. Here's hoping the next one recaptures the first film's magic.
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Well, this was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my entire life watching this downright horrendous movie. It is without a doubt the worst movie for Video Game Month and the worst movie I have ever seen based on a video game. I'm just perplexed at how awful it is. I feel like I could write books about it, so I'll try to keep this rant short. This film begins by showing that most of the actors have been replaced. The last movie clearly sets up a sequel. How could the actors have not known there would be one? Johnny Cage dies in the first ten minutes. Are you seriously saying they couldn't get Johnny Cage's actor back to have him on screen for mere minutes? The special effects in this film are absolutely unwatchable and it's probably the worst CGI I have ever seen in my entire life. I'm going crazy watching the final scene where Shao Khan and Liu Kang turn into animals and it looks absolutely horrendous. We get appearances by nearly every single character in the "Mortal Kombat" franchise (up to this point at least). Remember how I said "Street Fighter" suffered from having too many characters? This is that even worse. None of them have purpose. They're just nobodies. We saw Scorpion die in the last movie. Here he comes back with no explanation. In the games, he was immortal, but why didn't they mention that here? Why isn't anyone surprised someone who died has returned with no explanation? Jaxx is probably the most obnoxious character as he spouts these corny one liners that make me miss Johnny Cage. Don't have him be another JC I worship! Raiden is killed in the final battle in one single hit. How weak is he? Where are all the other characters at the end of the movie? What happened to Sheeva? Was she just beaten offscreen because she disappears? The slow motion is nauseating and everybody looks so stupid jumping around. Why doesn't Shao Khan have his mask on? I didn't even know that was him when he first appeared without it.Why does Shao Khan's father turn into a cube? Why doesn't Shao Khan have that awesome voice from the games? How can an axe make someone hallucinate? What is going on in any of this idiotic movie? Why is Jaxx so stupid he takes off his armor in the last battle? The only and I mean the ONLY good thing was that they had some of the game's music, but even that wasn't used enough. I'm just shocked that anybody thought this was entertaining. The first movie wasn't good, but compared to this, it's "Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie". Half a star
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With the release of Mortal Kombat X, I decided to watch, read, or play all my old Mortal Kombat stuff. I finally watched Mortal Kombat: Annihilation for the second time since 1997. The first time I was much younger and was taken out of it after the opening Johnny Cage scene. I blocked out the rest of the movie back then. I recall being disappointed that many actors did not return, and the original director wasn't back, and held that against the film.Upon my second viewing, I realized that this movie is not as bad as I had thought, and actually held my interest from beginning to end. I also was sad when the two heroes died, but not angry. Granted, the special effects and settings are bad, but in many ways the pacing is better than the original Mortal Kombat film. The storyline itself is a fantastic port of the Mortal Kombat 3 video game.MKA completely targeted all the 1997 gamers and gave us everything we could want, if you really think about it. MKA had the secret characters from the game, animalities, fatalities, special moves, bosses, and correct costumes. There were several fights, and in many ways the new actors of Rayden and Sonya fit their roles better. Jax provided the light comic relief that Johnny Cage would have provided.The soundtrack is unbelievable, and is used throughout the movie during the proper scenes.This is worth a 1st or 2nd look!