I remember watching the original Mortal Kombat movie and I remember loving that movie very much. The fact that every character was given a good sendoff when they died and the fact that they were given a good introduction and a good background story made this movie that good. So it was very exciting to hear that Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was being made. However, when I went to theaters, this was the first movie I could not truly review the first time. Why? Because the audio in the theater went bad during the middle of the movie which screwed me of maybe some important lines. I remember that Mortal Kombat: Annihilation opened at #1 in the box office. However, it dropped all the way to #6 the next week. I should have known that the movie was terrible by the drop. Not many movies did that. Only terrible movies made a huge drop like that. But like always, my stubborn mind would not allow it. So when the movie first came on video, I went to see it. And boy, did I not miss much with the audio problems.
First, we begin where the first one left off where the first one ended, where our great heroes celebrate their victory in the last Mortal Kombat. Suddenly, the huge tower falls and down comes several Outworlders, led by Shao Kahn. I wish I could show you who was with him, however, that picture if not available. However, I remember and I can tell you who was with him. We had Motaro, Ermac, Rain, Sindel and Sheeva.
The Earth fighters try to fight, but the battle is short and ends with Johnny Cage getting killed. Now, I have no problem with that because in the video games, he does get killed by the time the second Mortal Kombat arrives.
However, I noticed several changes to several key characters that can’t go unnoticed in this review. Rayden changed actors from Christopher Lambert to James Remar. Now a short look wouldn’t make much of the difference, but during the movie when James Remar started talking….the difference was evident
Also if you check, Johnny Cage had a new actor at the helm. Linden Ashby did it originally and now the quick role was done by Chris Conrad.
The problem with this is not that they were bad; the problem lies with whoever directed it, which in this case, happens to be John R. Leonetti. The fact that it looked like he was merely looking for someone who looked like those actors insults fans’ intelligence. And when you start to insult fans’ intelligence, you start to go downhill. Anyway, we figure out that our heroes have only seven days to save Earth from Shao Kahn. So what do you do when you don’t know where your enemy is and the fact that his enemy is everywhere? Easy, you split up. Liu Kang and Kitana go to find a warrior named Nightwolf while Sonya Blade goes to find her partner, Jax.
Anyway, we also hear that Kabal and Stryker are killed. Also, in a brief disagreement, Rain is killed by Shao Kahn. They also show that Motaro and Shiva definitely have problems with each other. However, Motaro is not the general of the Execution Squad. Instead, Rain was the general and that position was given to Sindel after Rain is killed
We also reveal that while saving Kitana, Liu Kang gets into a fight with the jailer who is none other than Baraka. Baraka easily defeated in battle and Liu Kang is able to rescue Kitana. Sheeva comes in and unfortunately for her, she gets squashed by a cage so we never get to see her ever fight.
Sorry, but this movie has too many flaws for it not to be a failure. John R. Leonetti proved that he was not a director. In fact, he is a good cinematographer and is one of those people who should stay at his original position. He is right now directing the potential crap known as Butterfly Effect 2. I also hear that there have been talks on making a third Mortal Kombat movie. Personally, they might want to take note of this movie and know that insulting the intelligence of the fans is very bad.