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Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat (1995)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Despite what critics think, I personally would say that in comparison to the other Video game based movies I've seen, this is the most decent one. Other video game based movies I've seen (E.G. Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter and Doom) did thier respective games absolutely no justice. Mortal Kombat is the clear exception, it follows the story of the game very accurately (thought not 100%) but still very close. The Martial Art scenes were done very nicely as well (I mean *real* martial art scenes not that thin cable garbage from The Matrix). Chritsopher Lambert did a good job with Raiden and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa played a very good Shang Tsung as well.

But this is not a movie without weaknesses. The writers of the movie made Liu Kang a self-doubting person (which wasn't true in the game's story) but Robin Shou did that part good nonetheless.

The Rock
The Rock (1996)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This was a farily good action movie. Nicolas Cage did yet another good job with this as did Ed Harris and the late John Spencer. But you also have to feel sorry for Cage for having to put up with Sean Connery (though he's not terrible in this movie but he'll never take off the "James Bond" label that he brings with him).

What this movie also loses points in my personal Tomatometer is excessive rough language. The "F" word is used a lot (luckily for Nicolas Cage, he only used the "F" word once, but Connery used it quite a bit especially for a British guy). But overall a good movie.

The Expendables
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is an action movie that brings back the old-school 1980's action (especially in a movie generation that's dominated by wizards in training, vampires and emotional superheroes). It's very nice to see a movie that is meant for guys and is very decent as well. This is also one of more decent movies that starred Jason Statham (who is espceially good in this particular movie). Sylvestor Stallone did a very fine job producing and directing this movie and being "the cure" to the severe lack of good action movies nowadays. But, what The Expendables loses in my personal Tomoato Points is the fact that Stallone "acting" in movies likes this is for the most part (and with all due respect) out of his league, he has shown that he's not ready to retire from action yet with Rocky Balboa and Rambo (the recent one).

Bad Boys
Bad Boys (1995)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Well, I'm not at all worried about Will Smith. I trust that he gave it his all in this. But both Martin Lawrence's and Tea Leoni's performance is just a few of the many problems in this. The other is the behavior of both Smith's and Lawrences characters, they act more like brothers who can't find even a halfway siginificant medium and argue a lot (even when it comes to cars and food) rather than good friends. Another is the driving scene at the end which wasn't all that exciting.

Face/Off (1997)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Great performances by both Travolta and Cage, but what severely lacks with this movie (as well as most of John Woo's movies) is an elaborate and persistant story. But the action made this movie quite enjoyable and worth my time.