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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
1 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Date:
January 1998
IMDB Name:
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
John R. Leonetti
action, comedy
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for non-stop martial arts violence.

As sequels go, this one stops. All of the good actors were replaced by bad ones, and the fighting scenes don't have the same oomph as the original. In Mortal Kombat, the tournament itself was the only plot, with Kitana's attempt to help Liu Kang as the only meaningful subplot. In MK2, they try too hard to have a plot that isn't the fighting. Too many characters are disposed of too quickly, and none of the actors are worth seeing.

For all that criticism, I laughed my head off. I'm sure people who took the movie seriously (including the producers) will disagree with my decision to classify this as comedy, but the movie is so bad that it's funny. If it didn't take itself so seriously, it would be much harder to laugh at. The only lines in the movie that were supposed to be funny were laughable not because they were funny, but because the delivery stinks so much that you have to laugh.

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