People born in the ’80s and ’90s have a special affection for Mortal Kombat because it was one of the first arcade games for many of them. It packs the action and violence, which every kid was attracted to back in the day. The game characters were made with such great detail and unique appearance that they drew everyone’s attention. Some of the game’s prominent characters were Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Sonya, and Kano. Their visual appearance was quite appealing, and it was something that I believe was ahead of its time.
Every character had a unique super-power, fighting style, and some signature punch-lines like Scorpion; “Get over here!”. No doubt that Mortal Kombat was one of the games that escalated everyone’s vivid fantasies who played it.
Mortal Kombat Movie Adaption (1995)
In 1995, the first movie adaption of Mortal Kombat was released, which was primarily based on 1992’s Mortal Kombat game. Some elements of 1993’s follow-up game ‘Mortal Kombat II’ were also included in this movie.
It had all the characters in the game, and the movie’s storyline was kept in-line with the game, which made it much more interesting. It was directed by Paul Anderson and produced by Lawrence Kasanoff (Threshold Entertainment) in association with Midway Games.
Every person would agree that movie adaptions of games are usually pathetic, and they ultimately fail. However, this adaption was surprisingly great, and it received great feedback from the audience and critics altogether. This movie adaption had great story-telling, and unlike other adaptions, it showed the depth of various characters. The Character build-up laid out for the iconic characters like Liu Kang, Sonya, Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion was amazing. A brief insight of every character’s motivation to join the tournament is well portrayed in Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Mortal Kombat.
Check out the trailer of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Mortal Kombat (1995) movie:
The Production Level of the Movie
Fans and critics well praised the martial arts sequences in the movie. The movie’s production quality was great, with some exotic locations, great visuals, and a nice atmosphere. However, the script, quality of acting, and its PG-13 restriction were criticized by many critics.
If I were to comment on its production quality, I would say that it was a proper ’90s action movie. Many people to date remember that movie because of the memories they have attached with it. It was very well directed and produced, considering that it was an adaption of a video game and the technology available at that time. I bet if you still watch the 1995 movie today, you will definitely feel equal adrenaline to what its video game counterpart elicits.
The Cast and Characters
- Robin Shou as Liu Kang
- Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung
- Bridgette Wilson as Sonya Blade
- Chris Casamassa as Scorpion
- Talisa Soto as Kitana
- François Petit as Sub-Zero
- Keith Cooke as Reptile
- Tom Woodruff, Jr. as Goro
- Christopher Lambert as Lord Raiden
I’m sure many people would not be aware that Cameron Diaz was initially cast for Sonya Blade’s role. However, due to a wrist injury, she was dropped out and was later replaced by Bridgette Wilson.
The Mortal Kombat franchise has grown over the years as numerous games and movie adaptions have been released. However, its latest adaption is due to be released this year on 16 April on HBO Max. Its trailer is really enticing, and I’m looking forward to it.
Here’s the trailer of the movie:
In case you are living or traveling outside the US, you can unblock HBO Max outside the USA and watch this movie online.
We hope that this upcoming adaption will be better, judging by the first look of its trailer. Let us know what you think about it in the comments section.