Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat

1995 | Paul W.S. Anderson

Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.

Average rating   4 out of 10

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Niels Risgaard Hansen     2013-09-26 4 out of 10

Mortal Combat with very little conviction.

This movie is clearly very much aimed at the fan group for the computer game and not at normal movie lovers. A group of people are invited to a tournament that is going to decide the fate of our world. They do not know anything about the tournament beforehand, and next to nothing is told about it during the film. I had no idea what this movie wanted to tell and was left with very little more when it was done.
The ending was far too cheaply achieved. Apparently it is hardly any struggle saving the world.

For a movie like this the acting was acceptable. It had quite a lot of cheesy lines, but what can you expect.
I was however appalled by the performance of Christopher Lambert as Lord Rayden. That was just too awkward.

For a movie from 1995 I guess the effects were rather acceptable. The stunt are all right but they do seem a bit too rehearsed. Unfortunately you do not get the general feeling of the actor actually being good fighters, which otherwise would have made up for the mediocre acting.
Using music inspired by the computer game is a good idea though it sounds awful. I melted when the intro to Halcyon On & On by Orbital started at the very end of the movie. That is a brilliant number (it does however remind me very much of the intro to the movie Hackers) and suited for the situation in the movie.

If you played the computer game you might have fun watching this movie. If you like cheesy martial arts B-movies it might also be acceptable. Otherwise it is quite poor entertainment.

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