REVIEW: MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY – SEASON 1 & 2

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 CAST

Michael Jai white (The Dark Knight)
Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager)
Darren Shahlavi (Watchmen)
Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica)
Matt Mullins (Kamen Rider Dragon Knight)
David Nykl (Arrow)
Erica Cerra (Eureka)
Adrian Hough (Underworld: Evolution)
Aleks Paunovic (This Means War)
Samantha Jo (Agent X)
Jolene Tran (Tricking)
Kirby Morow (X-Men Evolution)
Beatice King (50/50)
Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary)
Tracy Spiridakos (Bates Motel)
Ian Anthony Dale (Mr. 3000)
Kevan Ohtsji (Crying Freeman)
Peter Shinkoda (Daredevil)
Brian Tee (Jurassic world)
Mark Dacascos (Kamen rider Dragon Knight)
Casper Van Dien (Starship troopers)
Eric Jacobus (ABCS of Death 2)
Dan Southworth (Power Rangers Time Force)

Origin shorts of some of Mortal Kombat’s icons. The First 2 episodes focus on Sonya, Jax, Kano and a brief appearance from Stryker. This is probably my favourite of the whole show. Great performances from Jeri Ryan, and Michael Jai White. The fight between him and Kano was the best of the DVD.

Johnny Cage’s story is ok, I think it was casted well, and the fights were pretty good, it does also show his motivation for getting into the tournament, also hey managed to put in a couple of his signature moves.

Raiden: . At the beginning of this episode there is a short declaimer saying that this is not the usual MK story but he hope it is still enjoyable. Making Raiden mortal was a big departure.

Kitana and Milleena: This episode was part animated and part live action. The fights were excellent especially  the sparing match between the two “sisters”. This was the best part of the two part episode.

Scorpion and Sub-Zero:  This was much more Scorpion’s origin story. Mini spoiler there is also a brief appearance from Quan Chi as well.

Cyrax and Sektor: was not really expecting much from this story and it is not much of a story but there are 2 very good fights in it one the human Cyrax and Sektor beating the crap out of the earlier cyborg.

I really enjoyed this season much more than the first. The production is better and is more of the Street Fighter Assassins fist style of have each individual episodes adding up to a movie. Having Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa reprise\renew his role as Shang Tsung was brilliant and having him saying the iconic lines from the first movie was not lost on a continuity lover like me. This season, works from the point that there have been previous MK tournaments. Now 10 year have passed and it is time for the new tournament. Again Raiden and Shang Tsung must choose their team respective teams of warriors. The actual fighting in this  season does not start till much later, but from a storyline perspective that was a very good idea. When they start the fights are bloody, brutal and in most cases fatal.

Sadly it was decided not to do a third year so the series is very much incomplete but still highly enjoyable.

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REVIEW: MORTAL KOMBAT 1 & 2

CAST

Christopher Lambert (Highlander)
Robin Shou (Death Race)
Linden Ashby (Teen Wolf)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Planet of Teh Apes)
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (The Weding Planner)
Talisa Soto (Licence To Kill)
Trevor Goddard (Deep Rising)
Chris Casamassa (Money Fight)
François Petit (Swashbucklers)
Keith Cooke (National Security)
Frank Welker (Transformers)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
T.J. Storm (VR Troopers)Mortal Kombat is based on the video game series of the same name. An evil dude by the name of Shang Tsung and his minions from the realm of Outworld have set up a once-in-a-generation fighting tournament called Mortal Kombat. Outworld has beaten Earth in nine straight tournaments, and if they win a tenth they get to take over Earth’s realm, and thus us current inhabitants will be completely screwed.The fate of the Earth lies in the hands of three individuals who have entered Mortal Kombat for different reasons. Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) is a movie actor who wants to prove that he’s not a fake and that he can fight for real; Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson) is a beautiful-but-tough soldier who wants to get her hands on another fighter, Kano, for killing her partner; and Liu Kang (Robin Shou), a martial artist who wants to avenge the death of his brother by killing Shang Tsung. Under the guidance of the god of lightening, Raiden (Christopher Lambert), the fighters must mentally prepare themselves for the fight of their lives.The actiowill be pleased to see all their favorite fighters in action, including Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Their only disappointment will be that Raiden doesn’t fight. It’s against immortal rules, apparently. The movie also manages to throw in a few humorous moments, including a really good bit at the end of the fight between Sonya and Kano.One criticism I have about the Mortal Kombat movie is the lack of familiar star-studded names. With the exception of Christopher Lambert who was in the Highlander movies, there’s virtually no one here you’ll recognize. This makes the movie difficult to recommend to those who love their extremely high profile acting talent. Mortal Kombat is hardly Oscar-winning material. But with plenty of beat-’em-up thrills its fun to watch.

CAST

Robin Shou (Death Race)
Talisa Soto (Licence To Kill)
James Remar (Flashforward)
Sandra Hess (NCIS)
Lynn Williams (American Gladiators)
Brian Thompson (The Terminators)
Musetta Vander (Stargate SG.1)
Marjean Holden (Vampires)
Lifefoot (Adaptation)
Keith Cooke (National Security)
Carolyn Seymour (Congo)
Lance LeGault (Stripes)
Ray Park (Star Wars – Episode I)

Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat might have borrowed quite a bit from Enter the Dragon, but at least it was trying to be a real movie. It attempted to piece together a narrative that had momentum, but enough room for some character development, too. Compared to Universal’s Street Fighter, which just took all the characters from the game and crammed them into the story with little-to-no coherence, Mortal Kombat focused on a smaller group of characters and kept things consistent with the game.he cash-in came with Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – a film so brazenly stupid and poorly made it’s barely even watchable. It is nothing short of a feast of visual garbage. Not only is Anderson gone (replaced by veteran cinematographer John R. Leonetti, who should have known better) but half the cast is replaced with stand-ins who can’t act (save for James Remar who replaces Christopher Lambert as Rayden and does a decent job with the character).
Worse, hilariously awful matte shots, cheap costumes, obvious sets and some of the worst CG ever put in a mainstream release fill nearly every scene of this movie. Dialogue is bad. The story makes no sense. And there’s almost no momentum whatsoever.The fighting is fairly stale, but a few set pieces do work, at least. And I’ll give the filmmakers credit for trying to craft a story that doesn’t borrow from another movie. Alas, this is one of those kitchen sink films, where nearly every idea that has ever encompassed Mortal Kombat is tossed into this movie with virtually no thought or skill at all.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a bad movie. No way around it. Over the years, however, it has evolved into a cult hit of sorts, playing as an unintentional comedy – a spoof of the early video game movies and their painfully obvious cash-in mentality.Just watch the finale of the film, where two of the worst CG monsters ever put on screen, duke it out for the fate of mankind. If you don’t facepalm at least once during the scene, you’re not human and you shouldn’t be watching movies.