My mom taught me that if I haven’t got anything good to say about something, then I should keep quiet. It’ll be hard to find something good to say about Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, so I’ll have to break that rule for just one review.
I enjoyed the original Mortal Kombat movie, it was a fun movie. When it made a bucket-load of money, I figure the studio heads also began loving the movie, and what do studio heads do when they see a movie that grosses so high? Produce a sequel of course!
What got me worried about Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was that there was no press showing before the movie was released, meaning that the all the local papers were not able to review the movie. This usually means only one thing: the studio heads want this movie to make lots of money based on namesake but they themselves have found that the movie was so bad that they thought it would harbor lots of bad reviews – which might spoil opening weekend grosses.
My fears were, unfortunately, proven correct. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a horrible movie in which the plot plays out like a teenager with a pocket full of quarters. The story is paper thin – the gateways to some evil world is opened up again and bad guys come to Earth to try to steal the planet for reasons unknown, a group of fighters must fight the bad guys to win back Earth. The movie moves from one fight scene to another taking no breaks. At the length that the movie runs, after the first few fights I was numb to the uniqueness of the heavily choreographed fighting. The fighting scenes are hampered by some pretty bad special effects. Blue screen effects standout like a sore thumb.
For the price of admission a Mortal Kombat fan could play a few games of Mortal Kombat and have more fun than this painful piece of film. This film should be skipped both on the big screen and on video. This is a horrible attempt at trying to milk a pretty good original movie. Stay far away from this one.