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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

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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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John R. Leonetti

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Ed Boon (video games), Lawrence Kasanoff (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Shou ... Liu Kang
Talisa Soto ... Kitana
James Remar ... Rayden
Sandra Hess ... Sonya Blade
Lynn 'Red' Williams ... Jax (as Lynn Red Williams)
Brian Thompson ... Shao-Kahn
Reiner Schöne ... Shinnok (as Reiner Schoene)
Musetta Vander ... Sindel
Irina Pantaeva ... Jade
Deron McBee Deron McBee ... Motaro
Marjean Holden ... Sheeva
Litefoot ... Nightwolf
Chris Conrad ... Johnny Cage
John Medlen John Medlen ... Ermac
J.J. Perry ... Cyrax / Scorpion / Noob Saibot
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Storyline

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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Nothing Will Ever Be The Same See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

New Line

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mortal Kombat 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Ayuthaya, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,771,694, 23 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,927,406, 8 February 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,449,455
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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(at around 1h 13 mins) 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 »

Goofs

(at around 16 mins) Liu Kang kicks Smoke down the ravine because the missile is about to explode. When the missile explode and they switch the scene, Liu Kang is at least 10 meters from the ravine's edge. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Out of respect for the people of Thailand, this motion picture contains no depictions of harm to any sacred Thai structures or simulations thereof. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical and video releases were cut for violence to secure a 15 certificate. In 2011, all previous cuts were waived by the BBFC for a 15 certificate Blu-ray release. See more »


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Written by J.S. Clayden, J.A. Carter and M.D. Clayden
Performed by Pitchshifter
Courtesy of DGC Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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This is probably the worst sequel ever
7 January 1999 | by Valjean-4See all my reviews

The problem with Mortal Kombat: Annihilation isn't that it's stupid, with no significant plot, dialogue or characters. That is undebatably true of Annihilation, but that was also true with the first Mortal Kombat movie, and that was a great movie. The problem is the HUGE let down in the martial arts and special effects scenes. MK had some terrific fight scenes, such as the brilliant Cage/Scorpion fight in the forest, the great Liu Kang/SubZero fight, and the cool finale with Shang Tsung. Annihilation didn't have any fight scenes up to the quality of those three, many of the fight scenes made no sense, and the finale was horrible. In addition, some things in Annihilation I would really like an explanation for:

  • Why did Raiden dress up like Aladdin half way through the movie? Was looking like a complete dork part of becoming mortal? And where was Christopher Lambert, anyway?


  • What was the third test? Where did that Wolf-guy go? What happened to Sub-Zero?


  • Why did they do that stupid thing with Jax' bionic arms? Stupid movies should admit they are stupid movies. Stupid movies which try to have serious elemends become bad movies.


  • Same deal with Katana's mother.


  • What was point of that huge monster that came out of nowhere to attack Sonya, then immediately went back to it's whole when Jax hit it on the head? Was it a whack-a-mole?


  • How is it that Sonya and Jade began to fight IN A DESERT and they immediately fell into a mud pit?


  • Why did Smoke maticulously break every window in that random building before fighting Sonya and Jax?


  • What was the point of having Liu Kang turn into a dragon? He just turned into a human again, without having done anything effective as a dragon. How was that useful?


  • Why didn't they spend more then $80 on the special effects for that dragon? I could do better then that with miniatures and clay animation.


  • How is it that this movie could have been made so badly, with such bad cinematography and such pathetic martial arts effects, after the first one was so good?


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