Mortal Kombat; This film is an adaptation of the klassic arcade game franchise that is the definition of iconic in modern-day. But Mortal Kombat as a movie is – at its absolute best – a mediocre watch. It is B-grade on the basis of its only great factor being inspiration from the video game. Beyond that, Mortal Kombat falls short by a longshot of greatness. The acting feels choppy and is aided very little by the script. The story is layered, though it isn’t complex. The characters are faithful to the game with only minor changes. However, that is quite forgettable in the grand scheme of things. The action and fighting scenes are clunky, relying on a combination of slow motion and cutting back and forth between angles until it’s dizzying. Not to mention the CGI that has aged terribly. By and large, if you want to experience the best of Mortal Kombat, try out the video games first.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation; Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is…. a stone cold masterpiece. A riveting tale of redemption, loss, friendship, and – most importantly – hope. It is undoubtedly the greatest video game movie of all time, and makes a strong case for being one of the best – period. Every single character is perfectly cast and brought to life, almost as if the game is happening before our very eyes. Fight choreography is shot to near perfection and the special effects work done here is in a class of its own. Set design eerily mirrors the iconic location of the game world it aspires to emulate, immersing you into this beautiful film. We could go on for hours talking about this movie, especially with the amount of fan service and Easter eggs here for longtime fans of the series. It’s strange to have a film this old still be so perfect in nearly every sense. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is one of the best sequels ever, and the template every video game film adaption should follow for years to come. That’s what we wish could be said about it, but in all actuality it’s a steaming pile of garbage that you should avoid at all costs if you appreciate quality filmmaking in any sense.
Choosing between these two films was really choosing between the lesser of two evils and in this case the original Mortal Kombat is ultimately the winner. As painfully horrible as these movies are, Mortal Kombat isn’t the absolute hot mess that Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is. The original has forced acting and a mindless script that sacrifices complexity for cheap spectacle. All the action scenes are full of lazily edited CGI and clunky slow motion, but at least it looks like it was choreographed by some professional. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation on the other hand, is a flurry of sloppy special effects, hilariously bad martial arts impersonations, and a total disconnect from reality. If we were to compare the performances of both films, you would surely find iconically awful acting in both. But Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is on a whole nother level of bad, with a comically over the top villain who isn’t convincing for one second. The supporting cast as well seems as if they’ve given up on making a good film and are reduced to enacting their lines in the most mundane ways possible. Mortal Kombat is at least entertaining in its faithful adaptions of characters, even if they are cheesily represented. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is nigh unwatchable with its over-abundance of unrelenting schlock and banality. Mortal Kombat is a mess of a film, but it at least resembles a coherent movie whereas there is virtually no life in its sequel. Mortal Kombat is superior by a landslide, largely due to Mortal Kombat: Annihilation’s abhorrehtnt existence.
Mortal Kombat – Cinemaster Score: 3.8/10
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – Cinemaster Score: 1.8/10