Film Review: Mortal Combat
To enter the great realm of Earth and take over our world, the Outerworld must win ten Mortal Kombat tournaments. Once in a generation the greatest fighters in the world are rounded together to fight for the safety of our Earth. Now, after winning nine tournaments, the Outerworlds need one more win to invade and conquer Earth. Three fighters, Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade band together to fight for the safety of Earth.
Based on the video games, Mortal Kombat, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, is an action-packed film that brings to life the characters from which it was inspired. On their journey to win the tournament, each fighter must battle with their demons to truly become the winners of Mortal Kombat. Helped along the way by Raiden (Christopher Lambert), the God of lightening, he tries to help his chosen fighters overcome their demons to win. Liu Kang (Robin Shou) seeks revenge on Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), a sorcerer and tournament host, for the murder of his brother, Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) aims to prove himself after the actor finds himself the center of the media’s joke, and Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) hunts for revenge after the murder of her partner.
Although this movie dates back to 1995, it still enjoyable today. The lines sound cheesy now, but to anyone who has played the videogame, lines like “finish him” are classic. To those who have never played the game, the movie is easy to keep up with and the fight scenes do not disappoint and the film even throws some funny lines and hints of romance, effectively expanding its audience.