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Review of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

This movie is the stuff of the legend and the cream of the crop when it comes to bad video game films. I mean the original Mortal Kombat isn't the greatest, but at least it contains a couple of guilty pleasures and is one of Paul W.S. Anderson's better flicks. Since this one was a box office success, a sequel had to get greenlit and lo and behold, this is beyond bad in my wildest dreams. The first problem with it is that almost everyone from the original didn't come back (with the exceptions of Robin Shou as Liu Kang and Talisa Soto as Kitana), and the acting all in all is very wooden, over-the-top or inept. The next is the CGI and they are beyond awful while the green-screen shots looked very fake in most places. It's as if anyone in the crew didn't really put that much effort in regards to the sets, visual effects, costumes and others, which renders it from making it very unwatchable. The last thing I want to mention is that although it had a bigger budget than the original ($30 million for this compared to $18 million for the first), the whole thing looks completely cheap and you got to wonder if the budget had been inflated to include more costs. Following its scathing reception from fans of the game and critics in general, a planned third entry called "Mortal Kombat: Devastation" was immediately cancelled due to its lackluster box office performance. In conclusion, this deserves all the bad reviews it gotten in not just one of the worst video game adaptations (which is a pretty low bar), but one of the worst movies of the 1990s and of all time, and it needs to be avoided in every level.

Added by Leo
2 years ago on 23 September 2016 20:36