Mortal Kombat

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"Mortal Kombat" is a piece of delicious 90's cheese that I still love to this very day.

A group of chosen warriors are brought together to decide the fate of the world in an ancient tournament known as "Mortal Kombat." Among them are Liu Kang, a martial-artist out to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of the treacherous sorcerer Shang Tsung; Sonya Blade, a special forces agent trying to track down the man that killed her partner; and Jonny Cage, a washed-up action-movie star who wants to prove to the world he's not a fake or a fraud.

With likable actors, some solid fight sequences and a very fun tone, it's still by an large one of the better video-game-to-film adaptations. The cast excels in their parts. Especially a delightfully hammy Cary-Hiroyki Tagawa as the villainous Shang Tsung and a very fun Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage. The fight choreography is typically very well executed and thrilling, with some standout scenes that still hold up well now in a post-"Matrix" world. And the movie wisely never takes itself too seriously. It has plenty of jokes, gags and fun character beats peppered throughout. I also do have to give some major props to director Paul WS Anderson for successfully translating the arcade game to the big screen. Say what you will about his later films, but he does a very good job behind the camera here.

Is it a particularly great movie? No, not at all. It's formulaic, and silly and at times nonsensical. But is it fun? Most certainly! "Mortal Kombat" is a highly-enjoyable cheese fest. And I adore it. It also doesn't hurt that it has maybe the single coolest theme-song of all time. It still gets me pumped up whenever I hear it.

I'm giving it a 4 out of 5. It's definitely worth revisiting.


Revealing mistake: When Scorpion and Johnny Cage are in the forest, you can see a car drive by in the far left corner. You have to look really close though.

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Cage: While you're at it, why don't you call my agent?
Blade: Do I look like your secretary?

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Trivia: Every character that fights in the movie does either two special moves from the games, either one move and one fatality: Johnny Cage does the Shadow Kick to Scorpion, and the nut punch to Goro. Scorpion does the living spear throw to Johnny Cage, and the fire breath fatality to Johnny Cage as well. Sonya does the leg grab move to Kano, and breaks his neck with the leg grab fatality. Liu Kang does the fireball move at Shang Tsung, and also does the bycicle kick at Reptile. SubZero does the ice blast at an OutWorld warrior and also does the ice shatter fatality to that same warrior. Rayden does the teleport, and uses his electricity bolts to stop SubZero and Scorpion from attacking the earth fighters. Shang Tsung does the soul steal fatality, and the morphs into Chan Kang. Reptile turns invisible to sneak attack Liu, and also does the acid spit.

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Question: Something that was bugging me, but maybe someone who knows more about guns can help: On Shang Tsung's ship, Sub-Zero freezes & breaks off the front of Sonya's gun. What good does this do? The firing mechanisms are towards the rear of the gun. She could have fired off a shot, just not a second one. Freezing the front only locks the slide, part of the barrel and return spring, right? A round must have been chambered, otherwise it would be really stupid for her to be wielding it the way she does. Sub-Zero was not far away, so the shorter barrel shouldn't be much problem. Sub-Zero wouldn't have been able to freeze the bullet, given how he couldn't' stop that icicle that kills him later.

Answer: Sonya's pistol looks to be a Glock, Model 17 or 19. It looks like the barrel was broken off up to about the front end of the trigger guard. If she fired it like that, the bullet would have significantly reduced muzzle velocity because the recoil spring is gone (it would be in the front part of the weapon that was frozen and broken off.) The remaining part of the slide wouldn't have any resistance working against it. Not only would that result in less pressure inside the chamber during firing, but it would also most likely send the slide back into Sonya's face if she pulled the trigger.


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