The tagline for Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is "destroy all expectations", and quite frankly, it did just that, the good intentions of the first movie are flushed within the first 5 minutes of this sequel, the majority of the actors from the original have been recast (Robin Shou as Liu Kang, and Talisa Soto as Kitana are pretty much the only noticeable faces returning), Johnny Cage is killed off in the opening (which is mind-boggling since he was such a likable character in the previous film), the plot is extremely paper-thin, but of course, we have to look at the action, but unfortunately, the fight scenes here are extremely lackluster and feel rushed, another grand issue with the film is that it manages to cram in as many characters from Mortal Kombat II and MK3 as possible, and give them little-to-no development, a lot of them either get killed off, or disappear, the acting is horrible, and to add a little topping, the production values are incredibly cheap, containing some of the worst CGI ever to be featured in a theatrical film, this can be easily mistaken for a DTV sequel, the only redeeming factor is the soundtrack.
Mortal Kombat was a breath of fresh air after the abysmal Street Fighter attempt, and is, without a doubt, the best film adapted from a video game, one of the main reasons why the film worked very well was that it actually followed the premise of the source material, and of course, since this is a Martial Arts tournament flick, the plot moves at a brisk pace, and delivers nonstop Martial Arts action, the fight scenes are well-choreographed and filmed, the actors are likable and greatly resemble their original counterparts (major props go to Robin Shou as Liu Kang), the fx (though a bit dated) are pretty cool for a 1995 film, the photography and locations are wonderful and capture the game's other-worldly atmosphere, and director Paul W.S. Anderson also manages to give the film a fun playful vibe with some humorous moments, and an effective blend of Martial Arts and Fantasy, also, the soundtrack is great (in addition to the memorable Mortal Kombat techno theme song, you get some really fun songs by groups like Gravity Kills, KMFDM, Orbital, etc., and an adrenaline-pumping score by George S. Clinton), why other video game movies didn't take a page from this is beyond me, but overall, I'm still satisfied, highly recommended, especially to fellow gamers.
...I can't believe what happened here, Spider-Man 3 was a huge step down from the first two films, the film suffers from the same issue as sequels like Batman & Robin and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation where it tries to cram in as many characters and plotlines into one movie, to the point where the whole thing feels like a trainwreck, the acting is poor, the special fx look surprisingly blocky for a 2007 film, even the action scenes leave you feeling empty, it's no wonder the franchise was rebooted with The Amazing Spider-Man.
Spider-Man 2 is a sequel that improves in many aspects that you can imagine, the plot and character development work extremely well with Peter's struggle of being Spider-Man, you also get an entertaining and sympathetic villain in Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, and to add icing to this already delicious cake, the action scenes are still spectacular, and the special fx are considerably superior to the ones in the previous film, highly recommended.