One day whilst flipping through channels I landed on a very generic looking movie with an asian guy fighting. Being the little kid I was, I kept watching and after a few minutes, especially after seeing Sub Zero, I realised that it was a freaking MK movie! I loved this movie. It is actually still holding up as one of the best video game movies of all time, which isn't much thanks to Hollywood and its awful takes on our beloved games.
The MK movie debuted at the peak of the franchise. Ultimate MK had just come out and everyone was in the craze, or should I say Kraze. The movie had a lot of casting choices, it actually considered Johnny Depp, Tom Kruise and Jean-Claude Van Damme (okay I'll stop with the 'K's) for the role of Johnny Cage but actually ended up choosing an unknown actor. This movie also wanted to cast Cameron Diaz for Sonya but she ended up breaking her wrist in martial arts training. Hell, Steven Speilberg was also gonna do a cameo in the movie but had to back out. In short, a lot of weird casting stuff went down for this movie, in the end though this still ended up as a well cast movie. I bet Van Damme wishes he didn't put down this movie to do the Street Fighter movie. It's that cheesy type of acting which worked well for a laugh back then and works well now for some 90s nostalgia.
The plot of the film is typical MK elder gods nonsense with some badass fighting featuring Scorpion, Sub-zero, Liu Kang, Kano, Sonya, Johnny Cage, Raiden, Shang Tsung and even Goro. This movie had a full on cast and it performed well. I loved this movie as a kid and even like it now due to its cheesy nostalgic value. Its good action if you like MK, don't expect professional Jet Li action and you'll be satisfied.
The only problem I have with this film is with its age rating, a PG age rating for MK does no justice. MK needs an 18 rating and that could have made this film so good, especially due to some annoying characters I would have loved to see getting decapitated (fatality!).
The film had success and well, that spawned it a sequel, which is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. So never mind the sequel just be happy that in 1995 a movie based Mortal Kombat debuted at #1 in the world on the movie charts. This is a film I actually still recommend for fans of the game and fans of old 90s nostalgia, just keep you expectations low and you will enjoy .... MORTAL KOMBAT!
God dammit I can't get the catchy techno theme out of my head
For next week I don't know what I'll look back at, maybe Mega Man, maybe the Silent Hill movie. Any suggestions would be nice, since I'm a little indecisive.
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Retro Fridays is a series of articles focusing all things retro by Ali Penguin. To catch up on previous articles, feel free to check out: RF: Castlevania, RF: The Gameboy Era and RF: The Gameboy Advance