Mortal Kombat: Annihilation [Blu-ray]
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A new era…but for whom? The Mortal Kombat victory in the Outworld was supposed to give rise to a generation of peace on Earth. But never trust the word of the fiendish and the power mad. They’ve opened the portals linking their dimension to ours, and Earth will be overwhelmed – if a gutsy band of human heroes doesn’t acquire new kombat skills that will crush Outworld’s imaginative array of bad-ass warrior creatures. John R. Leonetti, cinematographer of Mortal Kombat and 2010’s Piranha, directs the fighting fury of Mortal Kombat Annihilation. Smash evil!
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : Relay time: 101min
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : April 19, 2011
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B004MA1K12
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,995 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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1. It’s predecessor had a budget of 20 million and made over 100 million in 1990’s. A bar was set and the sequel didn’t deliver with a 30 million dollar budget.
2. No improvements to the storyline , graphics, acting, fighting moves all subpar at best. Which one can argue was actually a downgrade.
2. Directing was half hazardous and with lazy low budget special effects. Therefore giving a trash cinema product. Movies age with time and people may look back and say, “with these issues taken into account, it wasn’t bad”. No way around a horrible movie that has become a comedic spoof of video games.
The story: Shao Kahn (Brian Thomspon, Cobra ) invades Earthrealm with an army of minions to merge earth with Outworld. To defeat him and his generals, the remaining warriors of earth must embark on their own quests to gain the power within to defeat a seemingly unbeatable enemy.
There are a few things bugging the story, the most damning of which is the sheer amount of stuff the writers try to include. Take the amount of characters lifted from the game: "Mortal Kombat" had 12, whereas "Annihilation" features 23, and there simply isn't enough time in a 95-minute movie to examine all of them as individual players. It's most evident in the fact that not all of them even get to fight. Characters that had at least some personality in the previous movie are dashed or simply killed off. It's such a mess that the warriors' quests remain essentially unfulfilled, since there isn't any actual character development; I really don't know why they win in the end...
Sandra Hess ("General Hospital") replaces Bridgette Wilson as Sonya Blade and James Remar ( Dexter ) replaces Christopher Lambert; the former is an improvement but the latter is catastrophic, since Lambert was one of the few truly likable guys in the first film and Remar gives a stunningly bland performance. I have mixed feelings about the rest of the new cast: guys like Lynn Williams as Jax, Paul Litefoot ( The Indian in the Cupboard ) as Nightwolf, Musetta Vander ( The Cell ) as Sindell, and my favorite B-movie baddie Brian Thompson as Shao Kahn certainly look their parts, but if anyone among them and the rest of the ensemble could ever act, they've forgotten how to, here. There is absolutely no reprieve from the nonstop amateurish dramatics fueled by cornball dialogue and the impression that the fewest actors are taking the film seriously.
Of the nine martial arts encounters, only one of them is a decisively good fight (Rayden vs. the Raptors) and only one other fails to suck entirely ( Keith "Sub-Zero" Cooke vs. J.J. "Scorpion" Perry ). This is pretty hard to swallow, since it's Robin Shou himself supplying the choreography, but through an abundance of pose-striking, slow-motion flipping/falling, and quick-cut editing, decent fights look cruddy and bad fights look awful. If this is the very first martial arts film you've ever seen, you might be able to excuse it for inexperience, but the action content fails to hold its own against the solid match-ups of the original film.
Not unlike Spawn released in the same year, "Annihilation" falls victim to exploiting excess 3D animation that looked cool in its day but woefully outdated only shortly down the road. The original film is guilty of this, too, but "Annihilation" is off the charts: virtually every scene in the movie incorporates either weird background effects or some kind of three-dimensional being hopping around, and the climax of the film involves Shou and Thompson transforming into two embarrassingly fake-looking monsters. Again, this is forgivable if you've never seen 3D animation before, but let's face it, that makes you one of the few.
In the end, the film is palatable to the younger crowd (heck, I loved it nine years ago), but both action devotees and video game fans in general are going to feel like committing a few Fatalities themselves after seeing this. If you're an old fan, ignore this review, but if you've never seen this before, go back to the original.
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I just don't understand it. With so many good fight scenes why cut things like Sonia Blade finishing off Mileena?
Where is the uncut version? I've seen it on video but this dvd is not it.