A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Working with others who aren't like you and fighting for survival. Showing courage in dangerous situations.
Positive Role Models
Liu, Sonya, and Kitana are among the heroes who fight for survival and try to help others. They only resort to violence to defend themselves, unlike the movie's baddies.
Gender balance and ethnic diversity among the main cast. Female characters shown equal or superior to male opponents in combat.
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Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence throughout. Characters die then quickly decompose to skeletons. Punches, kicks, and elbows thrown in altercations. Character has their neck snapped and dies. Buildings and structures destroyed with magical powers. A firestorm rains down from the sky. Fighting with blunt and bladed instruments, but no gore or bloodshed. Character burned alive off-screen. Another spits in someone's face. Characters fight CGI monsters. One is swallowed by a monster and devoured off-screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are seen shirtless. One character is shown in just their underwear. Characters embrace while partially clothed. Remarks about people's attractiveness and appearances.
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Language used includes "hell," "damn," and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
The film is based on a popular video game franchise, which in turn has led to various spin-off movies. But there is no specific product placement or promotion within this movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a fantasy adventure movie and the second in the live-action movie series inspired by the Mortal Kombat video games. Led by Raiden (James Remar), virtuous fighters such as Liu Kang (Robin Shou) and Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess) use their skill and courage to combat evil forces. The cast has a range of ethnicities and a gender balance among the main groups. It also places male and female warriors on an equal footing, with female combatants overpowering male adversaries on several occasions. Violence is constant but there is no blood on gore. Instead, the near-constant stream of fight scenes see characters utilize regular martial arts and fantastic powers as they face human-like foes, as well as monsters. This results in some death, the most graphic of which cause people to be turned into skeletons before disappearing. The most realistic on-screen death is a character having his neck broken. Characters shoot fire and other projectiles, while also using weapons such as blades, bats, and chains. Swearing is mild and infrequent, although there are a couple of instances where female characters are objectified by males. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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