Mortal Kombat

Released 1995


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Paul W.S. Anderson
Mortal Kombat: The Movie is the cinematic adaptation of the popular video game series, which brings the colorful characters and eye popping martial arts action to vivid life. A collection of the world's best fighters are collated by the lightning controlling Rayden (Christopher Lambert, Highlander) to compete in an otherworldly tournament run by the evil Emperor Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Planet of the Apes, John Carpenter's Vampires) , in order to ensure Earth does not fall prey to the evil forces of Tsung's realm. And Rayden's fighters have their work cut out for them. It's going to take all the fighting skills of this ragtag team, which is comprised of box office star Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby), agent Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson, Billy Madison), Liu Kang (Robin Shou), and the beautiful Princess Katana (Talisa Soto, Don Juan DeMarco) to defeat the awesome powers of the hulking six-limbed Goro, the robo-eyed Kano, the evil Scorpio, the acidic Reptile and the cold as ice Sub Zero.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie's extensive martial arts sequences, in which combatants bounce off each other doing triple handsprings, suggest a slightly more earthbound version of the aerial ballets i...

  • 70

    Variety Leonard Klady

    But where others have sunk in the mire of imitation, director Paul Anderson and writer Kevin Droney effect a viable balance between exquisitely choreographed action and ironic visu...

  • 58

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    And although director Paul Anderson treats the story with appropriate deadpan respect, there are enough sparks of humor (particularly generated by Linden Ashby as a shallow martial...

  • A Pretty Decent Adaption

    This is one of the very few video game adaptions that isn't terrible. It's not the best film but it has very good moments. The settings and backgrounds are shown to have a lot of effort put into them, the source material is well respected, the fight scenes are flat out awesome, and this even helped establish Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade's relationship along with the comic book series. And the scene where Johhny Cage does the Nut Punch to Goro was incredibly funny.

    Now it's not perfect either, the CGI for reptile is terrible (though it could be because of budget) some scenes are not even needed such as Goro and Kano's talk, and sometimes the acting is not that great.

    If you can find this in a discount bin, it's worth buying.moreless

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