Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, Mortal Kombat took the ludicrous violence and outlandish setting of the games and brought it to the silver screen. Following the plot of the original game that was released in 1992, Rayden selects a monk, a movie star and a military officer to represent Earthrealm against the nefarious Outworld in the historic tournament titled Mortal Kombat.
I mean, it's already ridiculous when you read it like that, but there was something delightful about the movie. "Mortal Kombat ... has everything a teenage boy could want: snakes that jut out of a villain's palms, acrobatic kung- fu fighting and a couple of battling babes," explained Laura Evenson for San Francisco Chronicle. "Everything, that is, but an interesting plot, decent dialogue and compelling acting."
We got the chance to chat with Jessica McNamee and Josh Lawson, who play Sonya and Kano in the most recent movie respectively. Check it out here.
Released earlier this year, Mortal Kombat 2021 is a reboot of this movie and resurrected the series with a whopping $124 million raked in at the box office. Of course, that one is newer and shinier, but I still want to give the original Mortal Kombat a shot. Excited, I turned to my boyfriend to tell him this exact thing. He looked at me silently. I asked if he had seen the movie, and he nodded, and I asked if he thought it was a good movie. He replied: "it's ... old." So, we will be watching it as soon as it comes to Netflix and possibly finding a drinking game to play to compensate for him being forced to see it twice.
July is an awesome month for arrivals to the streaming service, as well as the original Mortal Kombat. Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 are available from July 1st, as well as Zathura and The Karate Kid trilogy. A week into the month, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness arrives as an action anime covering the events between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. Then, we get Gunpowder Milkshake, an action thriller movie about professional assassins featuring a star-studded cast with Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Michelle Yeoh and Angela Bassett.
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