This is a tender, generous movie that likes its characters and presents them as real people, full of flaws and strengths.
Incorrect sex, is the correct lack of sex. The correct lack of sex is the incorrect presence of no sex.An incorrect presence is a correct absence. A correct absence is not absence - a correct absence is a corrupt absence.A corrupt absence is the absence of corruption. No sex is the absence of corruption.Sex is the presence of corruption.The presence of corruption is the reality of corruption.Corruption is shortcoming. Reality is evolution.Sex is the evolution of shortcoming.Evolution is change. Shortcoming is failure.Sex is the change of failure.The change of failure is the sameness of perfection.Sex is the survival of perfection.The survival of perfection is the death of imperfection.Sex is the death of imperfection.Imperfection is evolution.Sex is the death of evolution.The death of evolution is the death of progress.Sex is the death of progress.The death of progress is the inability of progress.Sex is the impossibility of progress.The impossibility of progress is the impossibility of possibility.Sex is the impossibility of possibility.Possibility is reality.Sex is the impossibility of reality.The 1997 fantasy sequel, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, is about the very pertinent, very intellectual and very unassuming theme that reality wants to fight sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse undermines reality, and reality has had enough of being undermined
One thing all 90's kids can agree on is that 1995 brought us one of the most kick-butt movies of the decade with the release of the movie adaptation of "Mortal Kombat"- based of course on the popular arcade games of the same name.It was a huge hit, coming out at the perfect time to thrill audiences in a market that hadn't yet suffered martial arts and CGI overload. It boasted a fun storyline with mayhem and magic, had that amazing techno-song, was populated with likable actors and was filled to burst with tons of awesome moments. Who doesn't remember the hilarious intro to Johnny Cage, or the amazing puppetry on Goro, or the sweet Liu Kang VS Sub-Zero match?With the game series ever-growing and expanding the mythology and the first film being such a pleasant surprise, we just knew that the inevitable sequel was gonna be bigger and better! There's no way it couldn't!...right?Then reality slapped us in the face with 1997's "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation." A film that has gone on to join the ranks of "Batman & Robin" and "Speed 2" as one of the most infamous sequels of not only the 90's, but arguably of all time. A failure that squanders all potential and destroys virtually all left-over good-will from the first movie and instead replaces it with laughable writing, strangely over-the-top performances, bizarrely dated effects even at the time and mind- blowingly bad visual direction.Picking up immediately after the original ends, the evil emperor Shao Kahn opens a portal from Outworld and begins a process that will merge it with the Earth in six-days time, giving him total power. Now, our Earth-heroes Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax and Raiden must find a way to stop this devious scheme or else the Earth will be lost forever.That may sound like a solid enough foundation to build a movie off of, but trust me... it doesn't work. The film is beyond fractured and frankly every single scene just lumps on more plot-holes, unanswered questions and contrived pseudo-explanations in order to justify the proceedings... mainly so it can tenuously connect the constant onslaught of bad fight scenes that make up a majority of the screen time.Director John R. Leonetti seems in over his head with this film- his directorial debut, taking over for original director Paul WS Anderson. Leonetti and his army of screenwriters are never able to find any real sort-of balance with tone, pace or style. Scenes come and go are strange intervals, humor and drama never quite gel together, and sub-plots and characters are constantly jarringly introduced and dropped without consequence or reason. The visuals are also a marked step- down from the original, with many shots being poorly thought- out and unable to be cut together competently.There's also the issue of padding and choreography in many of the fights that lends to it all feeling very dull and forced. While the first film's action does have a slight air of feeling "fake" in retrospect, it can be forgiven as it was one of the first truly hit martial-arts-based films in the US. But this one just ramps up that problem, with so many unneeded flips and tricks that are thrown in to be "cool" and "the bomb", that it just feels tacky and false. By the time you see the thirtieth random backflip, you'll feel like doing some flipping yourself... flipping the channel to something else.The performances are among some of the hammiest I've seen in a major blockbuster. The only person who really emerges unscathed is the criminally underrated Robin Shou returning to his role of Liu Kang. He's great. Everyone else? A caricature. Lynn "Red" Williams as Jax is a giant goofball who throws around unfunny one-liners like its nobody's business. Reiner Schöne chews the scenery as Kahn's evil father. Brian Thompson constantly SHOUTS his lines at RANDOM in an attempt to sound THREATENING as our lead villain. But of course Musetta Vander steals the show with her legendarily bad take on Princess Kitana's mother Sindel, spouting some of the worst dialog ever written with the glee of a 12-year-old on a sugar-high. It's outlandish watching her twirl and cackle and wave her arms about in her scenes... What did she think she was even doing? Was she trying to channel Ace Ventura for her role?Add to that... -Lowered production values (Gag-worthy green-screens and clearly rubber "metal" on the costumes and sets galore!) -Shoddy costume design that looks like the actors are dressed in the Wal-Mart Halloween costumes based on the movie rather than in real movie costumes-Wildly dated effects that looked bad even in 1997 (We're talking "Tron" quality CGI at times... except this was made 15 years later)...and more and you have a recipe for disaster.That being said, I do have to make a somewhat startling admission......I kinda like this movie. Oh, it's bad. It's really bad. But it's so bad, that it springs right back up as one of those unintentional "so bad, it's kinda good" camp classics. There's no way to hear lines of dialog like those you hear in this film ("You're alive!" "...too bad YOU WILL DIE!") without howling with laughter. There's no way to see the incompetent fight sequences where people are flipping through the air like helium-filled balloons without chuckling and shaking your head. There's no way to see the awful, 80's quality digital creatures flying about without a big-old smirk coming across your face.So, if you like so-bad-they're-good flicks... This is one for the ages!I give "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" a 3 out of 10. It's an awful sequel that effectively killed a franchise. But with some friends and maybe some booze, you'll still have a grand time tearing it apart and laughing at its sheer ineptitude.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is consider by many as one of the worse video game movies ever created and with good reason.The film from the get go shows that it had no desire to make a huge impact the only impact this film has that is even close to being consider memorable is that this film just shows how a sequel can pretty much ruin a whole series.It features some of the worse visual and special effects that can easy to be set up as a video game. I mean video games had better visuals then this film has all together.As a fan of the first Mortal Kombat movie I will say yes that film wasn't perfect but it had at least try to make itself a hit and it was. I consider the first Mortal Kombat to have been done right. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation does not. The acting in the film is simply awful the cast seem that they were trying to make a bad video game and also the writing in the film is just plain bad. Also the story is really weak. Perhaps the best thing about the film is that if you don't watch it you'll be better off because this film really don't do anything to award the viewerI give Mortal Kombat: Annihilation an 2 out of 10