Back in 1995, when the first of the Mortal Kombat game series was still dancing (or splattering blood) in people heads, the impossible happened: news of a Mortal Kombat movie! Images of bloody spinal cords, gory decapitations, and perhaps a few sweet ‘Flawless Victories’ danced in the skulls of fans. Of course, an R rated, extreme, Kung Fu, violence-fest is NOT the film that was delivered. Still, at the time, it was the greatest damn movie to anyone in the second grade. Even now, 20+ years later, it still holds up as the best film adaptation of a video game. Given the MK movie featured a giant four-armed man puppet getting punched in the dick, that’s saying something!
Of course, 2 years later, the dumber-than-a-bag-of-hammers Mortal Kombat Annihilation happened and shat in everyones cereal.
Looking back at these two earmarks in video game movie history, are the guys from Screen Junkies. They’ve given the MK movie franchise the ole’ Honest Trailer treatment. As one might expect, they were not kind.
No contest. The second MK one was an unintentional comedy, a total disaster, a raging dumpster fire. The first one, for its day, was decent. It wasn’t as good as it could have been and it didn’t live up to the games, if only because, you know, not wanting to dare venture past a PG13 rating. But still, it was serviceable. Comparing these 2 movies like they’re on the same level is ridiculous.
But goddamn, if Honest Trailers doesn’t fail with delivering some laughs and calling attention to some ridiculousness that even the nostalgic and more forgiving have forgotten or never noticed.