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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 August 1995 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$70,360,285 (USA)
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All of Goro's scenes were filmed in Los Angeles. See more »

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Shang Tsung's hair changes several times between shots in the first part of his fight: different strands of hair become loose with each angle change, and after he gets punched down, it's perfect again. See more »

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Johnny Cage: Hey, pal! When the ship comes in, could you put these on board?
Liu Kang: You want ME to carry YOUR luggage?
Johnny Cage: Yeah. I pay money, you carry the bags, or is that too complicated?
Liu Kang: No...
[Liu Kang takes money out of Cage's hand]
Liu Kang: ...I got it.
Johnny Cage: Good.
[Liu Kang picks up a suitcase and throws it in the water, then smiles at Cage while walking away]
Johnny Cage: [Cage watches his suitcase sink]
Johnny Cage: Well, thank God I didn't ask him to park the car...
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After all of the credits have rolled, you hear Emperor Shao Khan, from the games, say "Excellent! *maniacal laugh*!!! Flawless victory!" See more »

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Written by Walter Flakus, Christopher Hall, Jim Sellers, David Suycott, Stuart Zechman
Performed by Stabbing Westward
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Paul Anderson's only good movie.
31 October 2000 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I've always believed that video-games will never make good movies. But Warner don't seem to understand what a goldmine they're sitting on when it comes to Mortal Kombat. The franchise has so many characters, complex back-stories, and mythology that it honestly dwarfs the X-Men. There is a huge amount of potential in Mortal Kombat. This juvenile 1995 effort only scratches the surface of that potential, but still manages to be an enjoyable no-brainer.

I remember when this was released back in October 1995. It had been No. 1 at the US box office for three straight weeks. The audience did actually manage to go along with the silly, tongue-in-cheek hokum, and it worked. By modern standards this film is laughably awful. The CGI effects look like they were rendered on a Commodore 64, even when the technology to make much better was readily available at the time. I feel so old thinking about how dated and retro Mortal Kombat is.

A bunch of muscular tough-guys are called to an exotic island to take part in a fighting tournament that could decide the fate of the planet. The Outworld Emperor wants Earth as his new dominion and is one tournament away from victory. His mortal, demonic minions, led by the brilliantly over-the-top Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa as dark sorcerer Shang Tsung, must fight Earth's toughest warriors. All but three are expendable: Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade. The film follows them as they fight their way through many colorful environments.

It looks and feels very much like an old-fashioned kung-fu movie. The production design is frequently wonderful, and there's hardly any unlikeable characters. Even 4-armed Prince Goro (brought to life by lovely puppetry) is fun to watch. The story however is paper-thin. Like I said, it could be so much more but the talent or motivation to make such a film in 1995 just wasn't there.

I've never been a fan of Paul Anderson (as a matter-of-fact, he's one of the worst filmmakers currently working), but his US debut is a fun, little pot-boiler with some funky 90s techno.


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