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Mortal Kombat adaptations (part 1 - film)

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1. Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins (1995)
A tie-in to the live-action film released in 1995, unfortunately, I can't recommend this, the pace is very slow, the kombat is boring, the voice acting is lame, and the animation (both CGI and hand-drawn) is terrible (considering that Toy Story was released the same year, and had groundbreaking CGI), the tie-in's saving grace is that it offers an explanation to why Scorpion and Sub-Zero are serving Shang Tsung in the live-action film, other than that, this is one you may want to stay away from (unless if you're a die hard MK fan like me who has to watch this in order to feel complete).

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2. Mortal Kombat (1995)
The first major film adaptation of the Mortal Kombat franchise released in theaters, and without a doubt the best game-to-film translation ever made, let me say this: out of all the adaptations of popular media (whether it would be video game, comic book, or cartoon show), this is my favorite, it had a great premise that was very faithful to that of the original video game, the story is well-paced, the actors are perfectly casted and do a great job (especially Robin Shou as Liu Kang), the characters are all likeable, the fight scenes are well-choreographed, well-filmed (none of the irritating fast-cut/shaky-cam stuff you see these days), the cinematography and settings are wonderful, and for when the film came out, the special fx were pretty awesome. I highly recommend this film to any fan of the Mortal Kombat video games.


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3. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
After the success of the first Mortal Kombat movie, fans had high expectations for this one, unfortunately, the end result of this sequel was the cinematic equivalent of losing constantly to Shao Kahn in MK3/UMK3/MK Trilogy, Annihilation is completely flawed in every aspect you can imagine, the story is weak, too many characters are crammed in with no development, the acting is subpar at best, the fight scenes and cinematography are nothing to run home bout, and this has some of the worst CGI ever to assault cinema screens. I highly recommend that you should stay away from this garbage, it is without a doubt one of the worst things that has ever happened to the Mortal Kombat franchise.

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4. Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010)
A third film (called Mortal Kombat: Devastation) was planned, but got shelved for the most part due to the poor reception of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, ideas kept changing for a third film, they said it was gonna be another sequel, then they said it was gonna be a retcon of Annihilation, then Robin Shou said that he was no longer attached to the project since it was said to be a prequel centering around Sub-Zero (very similar to the video game Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero), then they said it was gonna be a reboot, 11 years after the last film, we were given a short internet film which happened to be a pitch for a future MK project, upon the release of Rebirth on the internet, people were speechless about how much they loved this short, makes me wonder what kind of euphoric gas was spread in the viewers' houses, the general consensus from people is basically "OMG, THIS IS THE BEST $#!% I'VE EVER SEEN!", however, I beg to differ, I still think the 1995 film is the best media incarnation of the MK franchise, and I know I'm completely in a minority on this, but I'm sorry, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth is overrated, should I go along with the crowd, or voice my honest opinion? well, here we go, I'm not very keen on the idea of a more realistic approach for Mortal Kombat, because prior to this short, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li tried doing the same kind of thing, and failed horribly, and what really astounds me is that people bombarded that film for that reason, yet, most of them give this short the pass, the concept is basically Enter the Dragon meets Saw, it's nothing really interesting, to be honest, there's no kind of meat to the characters (I know, it's not a full length film, but they should have at least given us hints at the characters' personalities), not to mention that the characters from the games were badly butchered (Baraka is a manic plastic surgeon, Shang Tsung is a crime lord?!) I also thought Jeri Ryan seemed very miscast as Sonya, I'm guessing that this is supposed to be an older version of the character, but I don't know, isn't Sonya supposed to be more younger looking based on how she appeared in the games? however, it's far from horrible, the rest of the cast is pretty well-picked (especially Michael Jai White as Jax), the makeup fx and cinematography are wicked for a low-budget short film, and the fight between Johnny Cage and Baraka is well-choreographed. In conclusion, you might either love or hate this short depending on your perspective.


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Of course, due to the immense popularity of the Mortal Kombat franchise, several adaptations (both film and television) were made, which of course, being the Mortal Kombat fanatic, I will discuss them for you on this list, let's start with films.

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