“Mortal Kombat” set a high bar for movies based on games, but what makes the movie stand out from the competition? In this review, we’re looking at the best of the “Mortal Kombat” movie and going beyond the trailer and clips to explore why the live-action movie still holds up today. Despite what it might appear at fast glance, the 1995 “Mortal Kombat” movie has it all: action, fight scenes, all the Kombatants like Kano, Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Shang Tsung, Johnny Cage, and of course, the theme song.
But as ubiquitous as the “Mortal Kombat” song was back in the ‘90s, it’s the fight scenes, the fatalities, and the mesmerizing structure that make it the best gaming movie in history. Fans of the franchise love it for its combat and the movie certainly doesn’t scrimp on that.
In this episode of Cut/Scene, we look into the movie that makes us scream “finish him,” as we explore why the PG-13 fatality didn’t have such a detrimental effect, and why the sequel “Mortal Kombat Annihilation” couldn’t possibly compete with a single scene from the first movie. Though it doesn’t come without its criticisms, it’s one of the greatest achievements in gaming, and proof that a game can make an excellent movie.