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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dated video game adaptation has fantasy violence, peril.

Movie PG-13 1997 95 minutes
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This is by far the best movie I have ever seen the sound track sucks but the animation is amazing and i love the story elements of this movie. My kids love watching it.

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A critical and commercial fatality, this fantasy action-adventure flopped so hard it sent its characters back to their original, video-game realm until a 2021 live-action reboot. With its garish purple skies, a pumping techno soundtrack playing in almost every scene, and special effects that show their age as well as plenty of jagged edges, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a type of mainstream action movie that doesn't exist anymore -- arguably for good reason. There was never any real demand for threadbare dialogue yelled over dust-ups on rickety sets, even if the whole thing did tie-in with an enduringly popular gaming franchise.

The plot -- as much as there is one -- punches and kicks its way into being without the classic Mortal Kombat tournament setup of its 1995 predecessor. Instead, the heroes have six days to save the world, but it feels more like Groundhog Day, given the repetitive nature of the fight scenes. The cast (literally) throw themselves into proceedings as well as can be expected, but you certainly wouldn't class seeing this long-forgotten cinematic dud as a matter of life and death.

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