For whatever reason, video games that are turned in to big blockbuster films generally seem to be a pretty mixed bag… What I mean by this, is that there are some truly great movies that have been made, that are based on video games, (A good example of this… Despite the fact that this particular movie was never made in to a sequel, is the movie, Street Fighter (1994)!)
Now there have been other movies that have been based on video games where you got to wonder what the hell these people were actually thinking of when they made that movie, (A good example of this is the movie, House Of The Dead (2003)… You know, considering how truly amazing the House Of The Dead video game was, you would think that the movie would be just as good… It wasn’t… Not horrible, but not a wow factor movie though.)
The reason that I mention this, is because there is one movie that is based on a video game that no matter how many times I watch it, just reminds me of all of the awesome moments I had playing the various games in the series, and sitting in the theater watching the movie! That movie being: Mortal Kombat (1995)!
Written by: Kevin Droney (Wing Commander), Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil). Starring: Christopher Lambert (Highlander), Robin Shou (Death Race), Linden Ashby (Resident Evil: Extinction), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Alien Nation), Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (I Know What You Did Last Summer), Talisa Soto (Elysium), Trevor Goddard (Hollywood Vampyr), Chris Casamassa (The Karate Kid), Fracois Petit (Cannes Man), Keith Cooke (National Security), Gregory McKinney (Eraser) & Tom Woodruff Jr. (Aliens).
Now I will say that the casting for this movie was pretty expert! I mean you have a great group of actors from the 1990s kicking ass! And the special effects… Well this movie in all honesty did not have a tremendous amount of special effects in it, but what was there was a very nice mix of CGI and classic special effects (something I haven’t seen to much of in the new millennium, but which appears to be making a comeback!)
But you guys want to know what for me really made this movie? In this case I am going to have to say that it was two things…
First off the story… This story was a blast… You see, in this movie, the story is that there is an evil Emperor that basically goes from dimension to dimension sending his troops to fight for the keys to that dimension in a battle contest called, ‘Mortal Kombat’… A contest that the Emperor’s forces have to win 10 times against the best fighters of that dimension!
Now as it goes, the Emperor’s latest target is the Earth, and he has won 9 out of 10 of the Mortal Kombat contests, and is poised to take the Earth and the rest of this dimension!
Mankind’s only hope is a group of super fighters from various walks of life… Including: A fallen monk, a snobby actor, and a law enforcement official on the hunt for the guy who killed her partner!
And if these 3 and their allies (including a thunder god, and the ten thousand year old princess of the most recently defeated dimension,) can’t stop them, then the Earth will be doomed forever!
The next thing that I wanted to say that I really liked about this movie is the fact that this movie was really true to the original video game… What I mean by this is that all of the characters were there, and they didn’t really skimp on anything… (An example of this is the fact that Sub-Zero still looked like he did in the video game, and also froze people as well!)
Anyway folks, if you haven’t seen this movie yet… Do so, I doubt you will regret it!