Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat

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Director: Paul W.S. Anderson, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson

Cast: Paul W.S. Anderson, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson

     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
The big-screen adaptation of Mortal Kombat contains everything that a teenage boy could ever want: martial arts fighting, sexy supervixens, glittery special effects, and eye candy galore. Aficionados of the Rotoscope-rendered video game will relish this comic book movie that stays true to the story line that Kombat Kreators John Tobias and Ed Boone established. Mortal Kombat is perhaps the best video-game adaptation of the '90s (which doesn't say much). While arcade films like Super Mario Brothers, Double Dragon, and Street Fighter all possess little merit, Mortal Kombat is brazenly stylish and delivers its promise of pit fatalities and crowd-pleasing punch-outs. Sensationally loud, indulgent, and over-the-top, director Paul Anderson pulls no punches and captivates his teen adventure with acrobatic karate routines in the vein of Jackie Chan. However, the film still has many flaws -- most notably the canned dialogue and wooden performances from a no-name cast. Still, one can't complain that an adaptation of a relentlessly violent video game is thin on plot and Oscar-worthy performances. The film aims to please with its mix of martial arts and special-effects magic, and was the start of a long-running Mortal Kombat franchise.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1996
UPC:
0794043431036
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Shou Liu Kang
Linden Ashby Johnny Cage
Bridgette Wilson Sonya Blade
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Shang Tsung
Christopher Lambert Rayden
Talisa Soto Princess Kitana
Trevor Goddard Kano
Kenneth Edwards Art Lean
John Fujioka Chief Priest
Sandy Helberg Director
Steven Ho Chan
Peter Jason Master Boyd
Lloyd Kino Grandfather
Greg McKinney Jaxx
Gregory Paul Martin Prince Goro

Technical Credits
Paul W.S. Anderson Director
Lauri Apelian Associate Producer
Sharon Boyle Musical Direction/Supervision
Jonathan Carlson Production Designer
Fern Champion Casting
George S. Clinton Score Composer
Fumio Demura Stunts
Kevin Droney Screenwriter
Robert Engelman Executive Producer
Martin Hunter Editor
Pat E. Johnson Stunts
Lawrence Kasanoff Producer
John R. Leonetti Cinematographer
Mony Mansano Makeup
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Robin Oliver Asst. Director
Mark Paladini Casting
Alison Savitch Associate Producer
Thomas Schellenberg Asst. Director
Danny Simon Executive Producer

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Mortal Kombat 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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TheReturnOfStryker More than 1 year ago
this movie seriously does stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago