Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

See this rushed sequel for the fight scenes which feature a collection of the best martial artists in the world who portray warriors from Earth who must defend it again after a brief peace period picking up directly where the previous movie left off.

The story is too sententious to be taken seriously and gives too many lessons.  Most of the main characters from the first Mortal Kombat movie have now been replaced with different cast members who never make the audience feel any real emotions for their characters.

James Remar (The Warriors, TV’s Dexter) replaces Rayden seems to be chosen more for his voice than his acting skills while Sandra Hess (TV’s NCIS, General Hospital) replaces Bridgette Wilson as Sonja Blade. Chris Conrad replaces Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage.

Robin Shou (Beverly Hills Ninja) returns as Liu Kang along with Talisa Soto (Licenced to Kill, Ecks vs. Sever) as Kitana. Irina Pantaeva (Zoolander) plays the mysterious warrior Jade.

The “end of the world” characters are not that frightening as the movie decides to walk the PG-13 line between kids and adults for higher box office tallies.  It doesn’t work (e.g. Titan A.E. and Kull the Conqueror) in this movie.

You may get annoyed by the amount of times the characters repeat themselves.  “Enough” – only recommended with many reservations only for the fighting sequences, which feature some of the world’s best, not the special effects or characters, not recommended (* out of four stars) in general. Rated PG-13 for non-stop martial arts violence.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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