Wednesday, April 11, 2007

DVD Review – Mortal Kombat (1995)

Picked up the Mortal Kombat DVD for ten bucks (to go along with the new Lexmark printer) and got to see it again. Apparently, that’s enough motivation for writing a quick review or something.

Released in 1995-ish, the original Mortal Kombat movie is based somewhat on the original Mortal Kombat video game. For those who don’t know the story, demon sorcerer Shang Tsung holds a tournament for Earth’s greatest warriors and winner challenges champion Goro, who has won nine previous tournaments in a row. A tenth victory would allow Tsung’s emperor to rule the Earth. Riveting stuff.

THE GOOD: Unlike the previous video game-to-movie adaptations which came before it, Mortal Kombat sticks pretty close to the source material. Yeah, some stuff is changed around, but it isn’t that big of a deal and it still makes for goof movie stuff. The fight scenes are well done; some characters even pull off their special moves from the games without making it look entirely ridiculous. The acting isn’t all that great, but it’s not downright horrible.

THE BAD: The techno soundtrack was probably a good thing back then, but watching it now, it seems so dated. Funny considering every movie these days have techno-this and techno-that as their soundtracks. Whatever.

OVERALL: Mortal Kombat is one of those rare video game movies that does the source material justice and for the most part, it still holds up today as a fairly entertaining flick. In a time where video games movie comprise of rush jobs and Uwe Boll trainwrecks (some of which I have seen… sadly enough), a rare good flick is something to celebrate. Check out the original MK movie (forget the sequel). The DVD ought to be pretty cheap at this point.

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