Daniel's Review of Mortal Kombat
Personal Score: 5.5/10
I can remember well the first time I saw this film. It was my brother's 8th birthday and this movie released that same day. He and I were obsessed with video games and the idea of one of our favorites being adapted into a film was so exciting. We sat in the theaters to watch it and from the opening credits on we were hooked. When it ended, we thought it was the coolest movie we'd ever seen.
That was a long time ago.
Now that I'm a bit older, a bit wiser, and much more of a serious movie-goer, I can look at this movie in a much more realistic light. It isn't a great film. Heck, it's really not a good film. It's corny, ridiculous, silly. But still, after all these years, I kinda like it.
Mortal Kombat is a story about...well hey, who cares, right? Some evil sorceror is trying to take over the Earth by using another evil sorceror to do his dirty work and the greatest earthling fighters have to compete in a tournament to save it. Makes perfect sense, right? What the movie really is is a vehicle to watch actors portray the favorite fighters of a beloved video game and then watch this beat the crap out of each other.
The film contains all the fan favorites: Lui Kang, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Sonya, Scorpian, Sub-Zero, Kano, Shang Tsung, Goro, and even some cameos from others. The story is silly and the dialogue suitably goofy. Christopher Lambert is probably the most notable actor in the lot, and even he doesn't seem to know what to do with his lines, but who could? But again, it hardly matters cause all you really want to see is the fights.
The fight scenes in this film are very cool and fun to watch. Yeah, there some moments where you have to roll your eyes during some really extreme grunting and yelling, but overall they're entertaining. The greatest of those fights takes place before the midway point of the film between Scorpian and Johnny Cage. For all its cheesiness, I still enjoy hearing Scorpian's "Get over here!"
I don't need to go much further in praising or criticizing this film, because technical merits mean little to it. If you're a fan of the game, you may find yourself enjoying this little ride despite your more refined movie tastes. If not, then you probably are gonna be one of those people who walk into a room while it's on and wonder why the goobers watching it can't change the channel. Mortal Kombat is the very definition of a guilty pleasure.