Mortal Kombat

Martial artists are lured into a mortal tournament whose outcome will alter the fate of their world.
United States
1995
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Cultist Film
Animals: 
Lizard
Sadist: 
Executioner
Master
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Cultists: 
Clubbist
Guru
Worshipper
Government: 
Army
Council
Fascist
Relative: 
Father
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Impostor
Lurer
Conman
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Collapse
Explosion
Extinction
Fire
Storm
War
Dimensional: 
Spirit
Teleporter
Unknown
Fluids: 
Acid
Giant: 
Behemoth
Hulk
Lycanthropy: 
Werereptile
Object: 
Weapon
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Telepathist
Statues: 
Gargoyle
Wizards: 
Evoker
Conjurer
Transmuter
Necromancer
7.04
Test your fright!
8
5.04
7.04
8
3
4
1
Photography
Dialogue
Plot
We know we’re in the middle of the 90’s because everything great, here, is reinforced by exciting techno trance and industrial tracks. This hectic martial art fantasy fest is better than the average Kung fu or ninja movie. It is extremely faithful to the original video game, something the concurrent 1994 Street Fighter film failed at. Mortal Kombat is fortunately written and directed by fans.
It is not a perfect movie but it is the ideal “moviefication” of a nearly perfect video game. The villains get the impressive half of a complex wardrobe; something the protagonists were never gifted with in the first place anyway. The main actors can fight, which makes transitioning from dialogue to stunts fluid within any distance from the camera and on every battlefield.
The presented mythos mostly covers the first game and is condensed wisely. Every bit of exposition feels like segue to a fight. This is a gamer’s dream come true in which duels are the equivalent of songs in a musical. Mortal Kombat makes visual wonders but suffers the consequences of common pitfalls of the decade. It finds redemption in a thick immersing ambiance and breath-taking set design.
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