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Mortal Kombat (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  18 August 1995 (USA)
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Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.

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Based on the popular video game of the same name "Mortal Kombat" tells the story of an ancient tournament where the best of the best of different Realms fight each other. The goal - ten wins to be able to legally invade the losing Realm. Outworld has so far collected nine wins against Earthrealm, so it's up to Lord Rayden and his fighters to stop Outworld from reaching the final victory... Written by CyberRax

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Rated PG-13 for non-stop martial arts action and some violence | See all certifications »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$70,360,285 (USA)
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Steven Spielberg, an avid fan of video games, in particular the Mortal Kombat series, was set to make a cameo appearance as the director in Johnny Cage's first scene. However scheduling conflicts forced him to back out. Nonetheless, the "director" character in this scene does resemble Spielberg, which is most likely a reference to this. See more »

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When Johnny, Liu, and Sonya are talking to Rayden on the deck of the boat, the night sky and stars in the background are clearly black drapes with lights. The folds in the cloth can be clearly seen. See more »

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[Kano is on the ground turning purple, because Sonya's knees are clamped tight around his neck]
Kano: No, Sonya, don't! Please! Come on, give me a break!
Sonya Blade: Okay.
[twists her legs, breaking Kano's neck]
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There are small circles containing symbols shown throughout the credits. These are intended to be used in this order (as a so-called "Kombat Kode") to obtain some special effect in the video game Mortal Kombat 3 (1995). See more »

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Fun Martial Arts/Fantasy Film
25 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A number of martial artists converge in China, from which they're taken to a seeming alternate dimension to fight in a tournament that's only held "once each generation". This time, however, the stakes are even higher, as the outcome of the tournament will determine the fate of the Earth.

Believe it or not, this is the first time I've seen this film, and I've not yet had experience with any of the games, the other films, the animated series, the lunchboxes, or anything else related to the Mortal Kombat universe. After watching the first film, however, I definitely will seek out some of the other material, as I enjoyed the film quite a bit--it earns an 8 out of 10 from me. At this point, however, I can't compare it to any other instantiations of Mortal Kombat.

The film is basically a combination of a classic Hong Kong-styled martial arts actioner and a fantasy that leans slightly to the horror side of that genre. To the film's benefit, it's also not something that either director Paul W.S. Anderson or writer Kevin Droney take too seriously--the film is ultimately an adaptation of a popular video game, after all. There is a tongue-in-cheek, slightly campy sense of humor and playful cheesiness throughout the film, the humor being primarily fueled from two characters, Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) and Lord Rayden (Christopher Lambert). True, Lambert has a kind of almost smarmy campiness to anything he says or does, in any film, but for me, that's part of his attractiveness--it's a large part of what sold me on the Highlander films.

The fantasy aspect was something I didn't expect before watching the film. It was a very pleasant surprise. Being a huge horror fan, I was especially taken with the set design. The fantasy characters, such as Goro, and the fantasy traits of other characters, were well done and even subtle at times.

As for the fights, which are the propelling force behind the film, they're pleasantly varied and well choreographed, although having just watched Master of the Flying Guillotine (1975) again recently, I was slightly disappointed that the fights weren't more brutal and gory (and in fact, this is one of the areas where I subtracted a point). But they almost make up for the lack of violence but their imaginativeness, especially the fights with Sub-Zero and The Scorpion. That cleverness was required over brawn in most instances was also a nice touch.

Overall, this is a great film that any fans of martial arts or fantasy films should enjoy.


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