7. Mortal Kombat - Capturing That Signature Mysticism
Far from endorsing Mortal Kombat as anything other than a stinking turd, there was at least one thing that Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 offering managed to absolutely nail.
While the characterisation of the film’s key figures was most certainly a mixed big, the performances varying degrees of awful, and the lack of brutality and bloodshed disappointing, the movie did fantastically capture the grim and dark style, tone and texture of the famed Mortal Kombat video game franchise.
For any Mortal Kombat movie, the basic foundation of capturing the gaming franchise’s spirit and feel was going to revolve around the look of said movie. That part of 1995’s Mortal Kombat? Perfect. The rest of the feature? God-awful. Well, bar the brilliant decision to cast Christopher Lambert as the all-powerful God of Thunder, Rayden.
Still, this first MK film looks like an all-time classic in comparison to 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – a movie universally regarded as one of the very worst in the history of cinema.