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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  21 November 1997 (USA)
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A group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shinnok (as Reiner Schoene)
Deron McBee ...
John Medlen ...


Mortal Kombat is an ancient tournament where the Earth Realm warriors battle against the forces of Outworld. Liu Kang and a few chosen fighters fought and defeated the powerful sorcerer Shang Tsung, their victory would preserve the peace on Earth for one more generation. Taking place now where the first movie left off, the Earth realm warriors live a short period of peace when evil forces from another dimension come to invade and wreak havoc on Earth. They are guided by the forces of Outworld leader, Shao Kahn and his generals such as: Motaro, Rain, Ermac, Sheeva and Sindel. Now Liu Kang, Raiden, Jax, Sonya and Kitana must defeat Shao Kahn in six days before the Earth realm merges with the Outworld. Written by Emphinix

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The world was created in six days, so too shall it be destroyed and on the seventh day mankind will rest... in peace See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mortal Kombat 2  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,771,694 (USA) (21 November 1997)


£278,808 (UK) (13 February 1998)

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Did You Know?


Ermac (the Red Ninja) is able to summon the shadow fighter Noob Saibot. According to the video game storyline, Ermac was created by Shao Kahn as an amalgamation of the souls of fallen warriors. (Which could explain how he summoned Noob Saibot) Ermac however, was one of the deadliest fighters in the MK universe; able to battle 5 strong warriors such as Johnny Cage, Kitana, Jax, Sonya Blade and Kung Lao all at once and reach a standstill. (If his characteristics on film had stayed true to the character's inception, his fight with Sonya would have been very brief.) See more »


When Smoke fires a missile that destroys a large structure in the underground cavern during his fight with Lui, if you look closely, when the explosion occurs, you can actually see additional "phantom" debris exploding upwards (from two independent bursts) from underneath the fog in front of the actual explosion, obviously to make it seem more dramatic. These secondary bursts also noticeably occur several seconds after the initial explosion. See more »


[first lines]
Rayden: [narrating] Mortal Kombat is not about death, but rather the preservation of life. Liu Kang and a few chosen fighters from the Earth realm defeated Outworld sorcerer Shang Tsung. According to the rules of Mortal Kombat, their victory preserved the safety of the Earth for one more generation. Our chosen ones were returned to Liu Kang's home on Earth, only to enjoy a brief period of peace... for someone from Outworld has a different point of view.
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User Reviews

What a letdown
11 November 2004 | by (Marina, California) – See all my reviews

I have been a huge fan of the MK videogames practically since the beginning, and I really enjoyed the first Mortal Kombat movie. It wasn't a work of art, but it was fun, funny, colorful and had some great fight scenes. Anihilation, though, suffers from an extreme case of sequelitis, with about half of the characters re-cast, all of which were a step down, a dumb story line, wooden acting, effects that were less advanced than the ones in the first movie, and a feeling of blah pervading the whole thing. Perhaps the worst thing is the fight at the end with the two really bad CG "animalities", a cheesy idea from the game that should have stayed in the game. Liu Kang's dragon looked like a pear with wings and a tail. Definitely avoid this one if you wish to keep your glowing memories of the arcade game intact.

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