Three martial artists compete in a vicious otherworldly
tournament whose outcome decides the fate of the world.
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by Kevin Droney
Starring Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Christopher Lambert, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa,
Talisa Soto, Trevor Goddard, Chris Casamassa,
Francois Petit, Kevin Michael Richardson
Based on the video game from Midway Games
Mortal Kombat is a fun action film with likable characters and an entertaining plot. It is not at all perfect, with the acting being very subpar and the effects being laughable at best. But the film itself is fun to watch and I enjoy it every time.
One of my many gripes with the film is the complete lack of gore. For a movie based on a video game franchise known for its gratuitous gore and violence, the film is remarkably tame. If there had been even a fraction of the gore from the game, this film would have been the best film adapted from a video game ever.
It is cool to see characters like Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero on the big screen and the fight scenes totally do these characters justice. In the depressing filmography of Paul W.S. Anderson, this film is a bright spot.