Mortal KombatDirector: Paul W.S. Anderson
Three reluctant fighters are drafted for an intergalactic martial-arts tournament that will determine the fate of the human race in this special-effects-driven adventure. Inspired by the popular and notoriously bloody video game, Mortal Kombat provides a semblance of a plot as an excuse for rampant mayhem, with the evil alien forces challenging humanity to a kung fu battle to decide the Earth's fate. Following the failure of several previous human defenders, mankind's last chance lies with egotistical action film star Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby), tough but beautiful special agent Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson), and vengeance-minded hero Liu Kang (Robin Shou). Under the guidance of inspirational sorcerer Lord Rayden (Christopher Lambert), this unlikely trio faces off against a series of terrifying alien adversaries. As in the video game, the martial arts battles are the true point, with standard fighting combining with magical touches supplied by computer-generated effects. The dramatic content often resembles a Saturday morning cartoon, but Jonathan Scott Carlson's appropriately dank production design and the visually spectacular battle sequences made the film a hit amongst younger fantasy-action fans, spawning a sequel and a TV show.
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- New Line Home Video
- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Robin Shou||Liu Kang|
|Linden Ashby||Johnny Cage|
|Bridgette Wilson||Sonya Blade|
|Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa||Shang Tsung|
|Talisa Soto||Princess Kitana|
|Kenneth Edwards||Art Lean|
|John Fujioka||Chief Priest|
|Peter Jason||Master Boyd|
|Gregory Paul Martin||Prince Goro|
|Paul W.S. Anderson||Director|
|Lauri Apelian||Associate Producer|
|Sharon Boyle||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Jonathan Carlson||Production Designer|
|George S. Clinton||Score Composer|
|Robert Engelman||Executive Producer|
|Pat E. Johnson||Stunts|
|John R. Leonetti||Cinematographer|
|Steve Nelson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ha Nguyen||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Robin Oliver||Asst. Director|
|Alison Savitch||Associate Producer|
|Thomas Schellenberg||Asst. Director|
|Danny Simon||Executive Producer|
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this movie seriously does stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is generally regarded as one of the best live action game-to-movie translations ever made by most fans. The sequel is a horrible mess, but this one is great. The characters are exactly like they are in the mythos and the effects are great for this action flick. Goro looked a bit mechanical at times but still, two thumbs up for this title. The soundtrack was also a hit, especially the title track. Hidden throughout the movie were game codes too, for fun.
Mortal Kombat is the greatest movie based on a video game ever made, everything about it was great, it followed the game really well (unlike previous video game movies like Street Fighter and Double Dragon), it was perfectly casted with talented actors like Christopher Lambert as Raiden and some then-fresh faces like Robin Shou as Liu Kang, the visual effects were decent for it's release year of 1995, the soundtrack was great (the MK theme song, of course, also some songs from rock/electronic bands like Fear Factory, KMFDM, Gravity Kills, Orbital, etc.), it had a great musical score by George S. Clinton, the sets were in perfect condition and the fight sequences were amazing (my two favorite fights are the Johnny Cage vs. Scorpion fight and the Liu Kang vs. Reptile fight), I definately recommend Mortal Kombat, it's one of my favorite movies.
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