We have a man with things that come out of his hands, we have another man who freezes things, and then there is a man who, as far as I can tell, is made of electricity. I mean how did he disappear like that? What’s going on here? “While ‘s film blog casts a ‘cinematic retrospect’ on the iconic classic video game film adaptation from 1995 Mortal Kombat.
“Choose your destiny”
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Author: Kevin Droney
Cast: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Bridgette Wilson and Linden Ashby
Running time: 101 minutes
Release DATE: August 18th1995
Shao Kahn, the emperor of the outside world, has set himself the goal of conquering the empire of the earth. To do this, however, he has to win the old Mortal Kombat tournaments 10 times in a row. The Emperor’s wizard, Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), has led the Outworld forces to nine straight victories. The only thing that stands between earth and the emperor’s evil forces are three people: Liu Kang (Robin Shou), a former Shaolin monk who only takes part in the tournament to convict Shang Tsung for the murder of his brother Sonya Blade ( Bridgette Wilson). a law enforcement officer with special duties who is lured to the tournament on the pretext of catching her old partner’s killer; and Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby), a selfish movie star who the press has labeled a fake and who is only tournament at the tournament participates way to prove yourself. It will be up to Lord Raiden (Christopher Lamber), the almighty god of thunder and protector of the Earthrealm, to teach his three warriors to look deep within themselves for the ability to defeat Shang Tsung and save the kingdom of the earth Devastation.
THE GOOD / THE BAD
There is no doubt that the Mortal Kombat video game franchise is one of the top contenders for one of the greatest fighting games out there. Bloody violent battles, fantasy / horror characters and popular catchphrases such as “FINISH HIM” or “FATALITY” have been published for decades. Given the popular arcade run in the early to mid-1990s, it was no surprise that Hollywood wanted to try and translate the popular franchise and it did so by the 1995s Mortal Kombat. Growing up in the 90s I was very excited to see this movie, but I remember not seeing it when it first released in theaters. I saw it at my friends’ house the following year when it was released on VHS and I really enjoyed it. Some parts were a bit shaky, but it was still fun, and I remember it capturing the essence of video games. I mean … I still remember the first time I saw Sub-Zero and Scorpion and the sudden appearance of Reptile (his human form). Overall, the nostalgia and cinematic memory of it Mortal Kombat still stays with me…. to this day … as I see it as a flawed yet entertaining film. With the upcoming reboot film from 2021 Mortal KombatI decided to take a look back at the original 1995 film and see if the film still holds up or if I’m just blinded by the nostalgia of the 90s.
Mortal Kombat was founded by Paul W.S. Anderson, who would eventually make such remarkable films as Event horizon and Alien VS Predator as well as the other popular video game film adaptation series resident Evil. Anderson is his second directing film and makes a pretty good impression. Approaching the video game source material with a feel for nuances of action in the mid 90s and fan service to fans of the popular video arcade game for something quite interesting that really works. Of course, the filmmakers get the movie right, with an emphasis on the fight and action sequences. Anderson’s skillful ability to find to bring these scenes to life and to be a bit faithful to the fictional characters behind them. The result is something incredible as Anderson still retains many forms of these unique characters and plays with the larger-than-life personalities such as the one-eyed mercenary Kano, the almighty thunder god Raiden, the eye-catching movie star Johnny Cage. the tough Sonya Blade, the self-righteous / vengeful Liu Kang, the monstrous four-armed Gorgon, the evil wizard Shang-Tsung, the mystified Kitana and so on and so forth. While this video game character is a bit rough around the edges, he still manages to bring some kind of fun to the flow throughout the film and is sure to show the respect to her video game characters.
As mentioned earlier, the action sequences are pretty good and the highlight of the feature. Anderson keeps the fight fun and exciting; Mixture of the martial arts style of fights, the nuances of the fantasy style and the action tones of the 90s. The result ultimately works and keeps viewers involved in all of the fight sequences from start to finish. Additionally, Mortal Kombat’s While the story has a few problems along the way, it’s pretty straightforward. Anderson clearly defines the main story of the film as well as the journeys Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade take. It’s a bit conventional, but it works and I still like it. Overall, I was and still am quite impressed with what Anderson was able to convey and create with Mortal Kombat. It’s not exactly a “flawless victory”, but a victory nonetheless.
Surprisingly, for a film based on a popular video game series shot in the mid-1990s, the production quality was actually quite good for its time. Both the exotic locations and the layout set pieces were huge and true to detail, which complemented each other (and the story itself) through the production of a film landscape that consistently had an otherworldly feel. This of course adds to the flavor of the film and is evident in the real locations at the beginning of the film (i.e. Wat Phra Si Sanphet), the ancient / mystical realms on Shang Tsung’s island, and the ruins / runs. down from the outside world; to find each place very different and unique. The CGI effects and visuals were almost good. for its time. Of course, in today’s world of cinematic filmmaking, Mortal Kombat’s CGI effects are out of date. That being said, there were pretty good ones for the mid-90s and definitely had its flair in a particular scene, including much of the visual appeal within the various character struggles (i.e. Sub Zero’s Ice Forces, Scorpion’s Chains, and so on). . In addition, the film’s music rocked. With an abundance of music from a solid score composed by George S. Clinton as well as an outstanding film soundtrack that featured some good song techno / electronic dance song selections. To this day I love to hear “Control” (Junor Reactor Instrumental) by Traci Lords and “Halcyon + On + On” by Orbital from the soundtrack. And of course I couldn’t forget the movie’s theme song which is quite contagious and hears “MORTAL KOMBAT” … love it.
Of course, the film has its drawbacks and criticisms. Perhaps the one that goes black the most is that the film has a PG-13 rating instead of an R. This is something that most fans were upset about at the time of its first release, when the film voted down violence and was supposed to be less gory than what the games projected and the players played through. As mentioned earlier, many of the combat sequences featured in the film are fun and unique, but nothing hardcore or bloody that kind of detracts from the appealing mantra of the video games. The film therefore lacks the R rating which, given the time of its release, seems like a decision Anderson didn’t really make to parents / schools dealing with violent material targeted at young tweens Mortal Kombat have a little less influence on his violence. There is still fighting style and a lot of fun, but not as much as it could have been.
Additionally, the film has a certain kind of cheesy campiness that, aside from the hilarious entertainment of the film, gets a bit of criticism. This cheesy / exaggerated feeling can be felt in many scenes and sometimes gets a bit stupid. The script for the film is not the most Polish and superfluous to avoid certain narrative threads. Some of the motivations and character development are quite ridiculous, which isn’t supported by ridiculous lines of dialogue (both pen and acting). Although the franchise has evolved and spawned quite a bit of lore and mythology, the story is in the 1995s Mortal Kombat is pretty simple and a bit rough around the edges. All of this adds to the criticism directed against the film. Given other video game movie adaptations at the time of the Mortal Kombatincluding 1994 Street fighter and 1993 Super mario bros. The story and overall execution of the film are taller and more elaborate.
The occupation Mortal Kombat is a bit of a mixed bag. Most of the main characters in the film are from good castes and enjoy playing their video game counterparts. However, the script’s sometimes ridiculous dialogues and stock-like character builds hold them back, as do most (if not all) who consistently “exaggerate”. I think it’s part of the makeup of the film as the film doesn’t get particularly dramatic, but some of the characters, regardless of their fantastic elements that surround them, are larger than life caricatures. So the talents of Shou (Liu Kang), Ashby (Johnny Cage), Wilson (Sonya Blade), Goddard (Kano) and a few others feel like they’re trying a little too hard to portray their characters and give in some campiness their achievements. None, however, are unfortunate and fit the overall tone of the film as I really don’t envision anyone less than them to act alongside them. The talents of Lambert and Tagawa, who play Lord Raiden and Shang Tsung, are better off. As a powerful thunder god and evil demon magician, they give the process their experienced theatrical weight. Though they too fall victim to several cheesy moments scattered throughout the film. Perhaps the best (at least in my opinion) is actress Talisa Soto as Princess Kitana; She keeps the grace and demeanor of an otherworldly princess and never exaggerates her character role. Again, these people’s characters and performances are largely due to the product of the movie’s release time (i.e. the mid-90s action era) so I’m not going to dig into this aspect too closely.
The legacy of the 1995s Mortal Kombat has lived on over the years. While the film has been criticized by some, most actually enjoyed the film and to date has created a cult following. Mortal Kombat It won roughly $ 122 million at the box office and stayed at the US box office for three consecutive weeks in Film No. 1. The 1995 film’s success also helped the video game franchise grow into what it is today is, and has produced a sequel (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation) two years later in 1997 and two short-lived television series: an animated series titled Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and a live action show titled Mortal Kombat: Conquest. Additionally, Mortal Kombat’s legacy has proven that movies based on video games are possible and can be profitable if done right. paved the way for a number of video feature film adaptations in the decades that followed, with some good but mediocre ones.
Regardless, 1995s Mortal Kombat stands tall and proud in this particular endeavor from Hollywood. Despite its flaws and flaws, even with this cheesy / pointless variety of entertainment, the film is still fun and enjoyable. Over the years, many viewers and devotees have gathered to take part in the sounds, martial arts action, and imaginative styles of the feature. It’s not exactly the best movie out there, however Mortal Kombat is a cult classic through and through and holds up in some amusing properties and redeemable properties that endure to this day. Whatever you think of this movie (good, bad or different), the movie is considered to be one of the better feature films based on a video game franchise that came out of Hollywood. All I have to say … END HIM … and MORTAL KOMBAT !!!!
Cinematic Flashback Score: 3.8 out of 5
Fun fact: The popular and coined phrase from the video games “Flawless Victory” (a match in which the winner is not attacked by his opponent) was used for four matches in the film. However, only two of the games meet the criteria: Sub-Zero’s first game against a henchman and Johnny Cage’s game against Gorgo.