Tuesday, April 19, 2011

REVIEW: Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (USA, 1997) - Color, Director(s): John R Leonetti
MPAA Rating: PG-13
[UK: 15 (cut)]
Approx. 95 min.

Z-rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars for purely bad entertainment value

B-factor: 5 out of 5 stars for being SUPER cheesy despite a bigger budget

With the release of the new Mortal Kombat game today, Z-portal is reviewing the second Mortal Kombat movie. (Also, check out my review of the first Mortal Kombat film) I have pre-ordered my copy of Mortal Kombat from Amazon and will be doing a detailed review of the boxset when I receive it in the mail. Stay tuned!!!

Following the victory by Liu Kang, the portals to Outworld should be closed at least until the next Mortal Kombat tournament. However, an evil emperor by the name of Shao Khan has arrived to ensure the destruction of the Earth within 6 days. Raiden and the other of Earth's warriors don't get a chance to relax following their victory before having to face this new threat. We also see that most of Earth's warriors, with the exception of Liu Kang and Kitana, have all had some kind of facial reconstructive surgery. Maybe as a result of winning the tournament, Liu Kang got to keep his face. Either way, we now see that Raiden looks more like James Remar (who plays a completely inferior Raiden than Christopher Lambert) and we are introduced to our newest visitors from Outworld. We see that the Generals of Khan's army consists of Motaro, Ermac, Rain and Sheeva. In a confrontation that results in Johnny Cage's death, Earth's warriors are forced to retreat. With Khan's extermination squads hot on their heels, they desperately try to recruit a little help as Sonya Blade is sent to get her partner Jax. Kitana and Liu Kang are sent out to look for Nightwolf and Raiden goes to see the Elder Gods to see why Khan's portals were allowed to stay open. Khan has also brought Queen Sindel back to life under his spell. Liu Kang and Kitana are on their way to see Nightwolf when they're attacked by the cybernetic Smoke. Sub-Zero's younger brother comes to their aid before they're attacked by Scorpion who successfully kidnaps Princess Kitana. Sonya finds Jax and is attacked by Cyrax. The Earth warriors are led to believe that Queen Sindel is the key to closing Khan's portals so they frantically try to reunite the two. I'm sure the storyline sounds very confusing, and in all actuality, is a bit of a chore to follow. Some characters are introduced only to be killed off for absolutely no reason, some storylines don't lead anywhere, glaring plot holes and horrendous CGI is accented by loose ends that are never tied up in the plot. While there is a story here, it is so haphazardly thrown together that it's almost a complete waste of time to try to follow it. They just tried to cram as many Mortal Kombat elements into this film as they could. I give them kudos for the costumes, which looked amazing, but the dialogue and computer-generated effects were so poorly done, it was almost insulting. Basically, Liu Kang needs to learn his Animality in order to fight Shao Khan. And Raiden gives up his immortality to side with his precious mortals. I'm sure there are details that I'm missing, but you probably wont even notice.

Man, so you want to talk cheesy? This movie was SO freakin' cheesy, it's totally laughable. I remember being really surprised when I first read some negative reviews of this movie. I had seen it in theaters as a kid and remembered really enjoying it myself. So then why did this sequel, which featured a WIDE array of characters that wasn't in the first, garner such negative attention? Wasn't until I rented the movie and re-watched it did I realize how absolutely horrendous the dialogue in this film was. My favorite line:

"You did great last time, Liu, but this time you will need help with what you are about to face. Go deep into the night. Seek out the council of one called Nightwolf. You will not find him, HE will find you."

You can't make this shit up, it's like it was written by someone in middle school.

Nudity: None, as it was rated PG-13. Although, one thing I will compliment about this movie is that Jade was STUPID hot in her skimpy snow rags and I absolutely LOVE that Sonya and Mileena duke it out in a mud-fight. These scenes were enough to make it an enjoyable movie, but a horrible adaptation of the Mortal Kombat series.

Gore: NONE!!!! Are you fucking serious?! One of the biggest reasons Mortal Kombat is popular is because of the violence. Seriously, how do you make a Mortal Kombat movie that's rated PG-13??? The first one got away with it because they at least attempted to make a good movie.

Awesome: Somewhat. The dialogue was abysmal and the movie was very poorly executed overall. The only thing that really saved this movie was how laughably bad it was. The story is nearly pointless, the computer-generated effects are terrible, This movie is definitely comparable to the Street Fighter movie in terms of how laughably bad it is. So there you have it, the tagline for this movie is perfect. Destroy All Expectations, that's good advice seeing as you can't be disappointed if you don't expect much to begin with. This movie is DEFINITELY cheesy and bad. Just know that the only reason to see this film is just to have a good laugh at how bad it is.

Check out my review of the original, Mortal Kombat (1995)

1 comment:

  1. LOL @Nightwolf, "Pretty cool, huh? It's my Animality."

    How the hell did they film this movie while keeping a straight face?