Mortal Kombat Reviews
One of the main reasons why the movie works so well is because it looks and feels like the video game. It's largely an adaptation of the first MK game with some characters and elements from Mortal Kombat II. The plot resembles Enter the Dragon, but with a Fantasy twist, which is suiting since the game was very much just that.
Much like any good fighting game or Action movie, the plot serves as a backdrop for the cool characters and nonstop Action. The fight scenes are well done and have more of a Hong Kong flavor rarely seen in big budget American films prior. They also managed to incorporate the special moves from the game (Liu Kang's bicycle kick, Sub-Zero's freeze, Sonya's leg grab, etc.) in a way that comes off as believable and exciting. For me, the standout fight scenes in the movie are Johnny Cage vs. Scorpion and Liu Kang vs. Reptile.
The characters all look and act like how you would expect, and the cast do a pretty good job. Robin Shou (Liu Kang) and Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage) are likable heroes while Christopher Lambert (Raiden) and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Shang Tsung) steal the show.
Visually, the movie is great. The production design and photography have a stylish comic book look to it with its use of lighting, set designs and camera angles, which perfectly mirrors the game's atmosphere. However, the special FX tend to be more of a mixed bag. Some great FX work like Goro, but some bad ones too like Reptile's lizard form (which is painfully obvious CGI).
Of course, I can't mention this movie without talking about the soundtrack. Not only do you have the super addicting and catchy Mortal Kombat theme song, but you also have some great songs from Techno and Metal bands such as KMFDM and Orbital. George S. Clinton's score is also very effective.
Sure, Mortal Kombat may not be Oscar material, but it never intended to be such a thing and it knows exactly what it is.
One of the main reasons why the film works is because it actually manages to adapt the basic premise of the original video game while expanding on it to fit in a 90 minute movie.
The plot moves at a brisk pace, and serves as a backdrop for what fans expect from a fighting game movie, which are the cool characters and nonstop Martial Arts action.
As for the fight scenes themselves, they are very well done, and incorporate several of the basic and special moves from the game in a way that is effective, and not gimmicky. The standout fights are Liu Kang vs. Reptile and Johnny Cage vs. Scorpion.
The casting is spot-on as the actors look and act identical to their game counterparts. Robin Shou portrays Liu Kang as a likable hero, and is very convincing on-screen. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung is also a very entertaining villain.
You have some stylish visuals in the movie, plus an awesome soundtrack complete with one of the greatest movie theme songs of all time (at least in my opinion).
Now whether you agree with me or not on this movie, you have to admit, it's miles better than the likes of Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros.