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Both of the 1990s "Mortal Kombat"
movies! Awesome deal!
Robin Shou as Liu Kang (the primary hero of the movie)
Christopher Lambert as Lord Rayden (the mystical "teacher" of the
Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage (the white, Hollywood action star martial
Bridgette Wilson as Sonya Blade (the hot, blonde babe martial artist
and love interest of Johnny Cage)
Talisa Soto as Princess Kitana (the mysterious beauty with designs on
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung (the movie's major villain)
Trevor Goddard as Kano (the pain-in-the-butt nemesis of Sonya Blade)
Chris Cassamassa as Scorpion (mysterious, fully-costumed villain with
magic powers, similar to Sub-Zero)
Francois Petit as Sub-Zero (mysterious, fully-costumed villain with
magic powers, similar to Scorpion)
Mortal Kombat (1995): It's really
something for me to like this movie, because I hate, hate, HATE the
video games! When the first Mortal Kombat video game came out in
1992, it become the archetype for the "sick" video game that needed
parental advisories and, ultimately, an age rating. Up until
then, all commercial video games were made for pretty much any age
group. The "Mortal Kombat" video games had incredible gore and
acts of violence.
That's why I was surprised when I found out this
movie had NONE of that. The film of "Mortal Kombat" was made as
more of a family film, with a PG-13 rating. Very mild
violence. And, to top it all of, the movie made up for the lack
of graphic violence with a really great story and good acting.
Maybe that's why it didn't take. Had it been a mindless blood and
guts flick, it probably would have been HUGE. Go figure!
The "Mortal Kombat" games never striked me as having
superhero overtones. The live-action shows, however, are VERY
superhero. It's good versus evil, exotic heroes and villains,
fantasy and sci-fi elements...all the ingredients of a legitimate
This first movie is good. The second?
Okay, but kind of dumb and nowhere near as polished as the first
film. The following TV series was a prequel to what happened in
these two movies. My question: Why bother?