Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat
PG-13 | 18 August 1995 (USA)
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For nine generations an evil sorcerer has been victorious in hand-to-hand battle against his mortal enemies. If he wins a tenth Mortal Kombat tournament, desolation and evil will reign over the multiverse forever. To save Earth, three warriors must overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, their own inner demons, and superhuman foes in this action/adventure movie based on one of the most popular video games of all time.

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Numerootno

A story that's too fascinating to pass by...

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Usamah Harvey

The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.

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Tymon Sutton

The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.

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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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alexanderdavies-99382

This Hollywood movie, based upon the immensely popular computer game, is one of the more successful attempts at cashing in on a popular culture. "Mortal Kombat" features several of the characters from the computer game and they translate well onto the big screen. The approach in the making of this movie, is to make the violence as comic strip as possible. In addition, both the setting and the martial arts action are given a fantasy look. Some of the scenes tend to feature some crazy s*** regarding the above. You instantly realise that such things could never happen like that in real life. I have no idea how skilled the cast were in the field of self defence but the choreography comes thick and fast. The script clearly wasn't going to include much in the way of character depth and why should it? Apart from the numourous fight scenes, I like the slight references to the masterpiece, "Enter the Dragon." The said tournament taking place on an island that has no official existence, the leading hero trying to be Bruce Lee etc. The acting isn't the best I have ever seen but the one who plays Johnny Cage is quite a laugh. One of the Carradine brothers makes a cameo appearance but is completely wasted. A hugely entertaining martial arts fest and one to remember.

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djfrost-46786

The video game was awesome!!! This movie I could watch again. Unlike some movies that are so called 7-8 star movies out of the theaters like Den Of Theives. Only thing I don't like is my favorite player was Raydon was cheesy. He was bad a$$ in the game. The song is awesome too!!!

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cilaszero

As a Video game adaption film this movie is by far the best Video game adaption film of all time,Mortal kombat tried to fit everything from the 1st video game & a little from the 2nd into the film & it did it very nicely,the fight scene's are straight to the point not much dialog & that's the way it should be. As Far as this film goes it is the best video game adaption film i've ever seen the work that went into making it & the great cast was solid.As for the what came after it the sequel was terrible

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Paul Magne Haakonsen

Granted with the success of the arcade game that spans over multiple platforms and is readily available in many versions, that the transition to the big screen would eventually spawn an adaptation of the "Mortal Kombat" franchise. And the world was introduced to that back in 1995.Now, I have seen "Mortal Kombat" about three or four times since then, and I can't really claim that it improves with each viewing. In fact, the movie clings on to the mediocre end result that turned out to be this 1995 movie.The storyline in "Mortal Kombat" was as weak as Budweiser Light, so don't expect anything much of a kick here, pardon the pun. But then again, what could you expect from a movie that is based on a game that is solely fighting and nothing else? It felt like they were trying to jam backstories into the movie from way too many characters, but failed at each and every one of them, and with no real solid storyline, it was just hard to center the storytelling on something concrete. And what was even more bizarre was that there was little concern about killing off established characters from the game left and right.The costumes and wardrobe definitely could have used a bigger budget. While the outfits do look much like they did back in the mid-1990's, there was just something too plain and low budget about them. There were not much details and such."Mortal Kombat" actually had decent enough acting for what it turned out to be, especially since the actors and actresses had very, very little to work with in terms of script and storyline. Of course, this is not Shakespearian performances in any way, and you pretty much know what you are in for with a movie of this caliber.Robin Shou, Linden Ashby and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa carried the movie well enough, given the fact that they had very little to work with. But why they opted for Christopher Lambert to portray Rayden was just beyond me, especially since he semi-whispers all of his dialogue.As for the dialogue in "Mortal Kombat", well, let's just say that it was as corny and flawed as you would expect from a movie based on a weak storyline and one-dimensional characters. One might actually go as far as saying, in that classic voice used in the game, this: "flawed dialogue".The special effects in "Mortal Kombat" was not impressive either. And it was a rather bitter pill to swallow to witness that ropy grabber that came out of Scorpions hand as it flew about. It looked so fake that it didn't even do the arcade game any justice. As for Goro, well, he was well-enough intended, but the animation and CGI just was too synthetic.All in all, "Mortal Kombat" is a generic movie adaptation of a good enough fighting game. But there was very little of a storyline here, and the movie constitutes little more than just being an hour and a half of fighting.

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