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Mortal Kombat (1995)

Mortal Kombat (1995)

Usually I just type about good movies I've seen recently, so I tried recalling a bad movie I watched, and I thought of Mortal Kombat.

The reason I thought of this specific movie is not only because it sucks, but because I watched it again yesterday. I remember thinking that it was a decent movie the first time I saw it, but strangely I don't remember much of anything from the movie (maybe I'm mixing it together with one of the sequels?), so I watched it again, and eh, hmm, it didn't impress. The movie starts off with Johnny Cage fighting off a few stunt-man, and the scene is terrible, the moves are all slow and clearly timed and lacking any professionalism... but since the scene ends with him saying "This is where you're supposed to fall" to one of the stunt-men who isn't really doing a good job and then walking off the set complaining about how bad the actors are... maybe that's how it's supposed to be.

Yepp, that's what I thought, until I saw the rest of the movie. Almost all of the fights suck. The moves are as basic as they can get and it's clear that only a couple of the actors actually know martial arts (the two Asian ones, duh), yet their talents don't get portrayed very well either.

A bunch of the classic Mortal Kombat characters are presented, and they look like they do in the game, they almost sound alike & of course they fight similarly, but the special effects that pop up now and then are for the most part really really ugly & the movie sets for the most part the same. When jagged spikes rise up from the ground at one point you can see easily that it's covered by aluminum foil, and the flashing light effects don't give the sense of doom and judgment they're supposed to.

The plot is good, it takes up the game nicely, and the actors do their job decently except for the fighting part, but since the fighting part is the biggest part of the movie, I'd say they didn't do the job very well. The movie leaves me feeling content at the end, yet still overly disappointed with the bad composition.

I wish they'd make a remake of this one, new actors, modern special effects, no aluminum foil (at least not visible), etcetc. Maybe it just wasn't time for a Mortal Kombat movie in 1995, I'm sure it is now.

 rated 2/5: decent

Not too high.


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