Jake Weston writes:
There were many video game movies before Mortal Kombat, but Mortal Kombat was arguably the first that tried to stay true to the source material. Mortal Kombat literally looks like someone filmed the game. The movie uses the same color palette, features almost every character from the first game, and follows the same basic plot. Every generation, the Elder Gods put together a fighting tournament, the titular Mortal Kombat, pitting fighters from the Outworld against fighters from our realm. Should the Outworld win ten consecutive times, their emperor Shao Kahn will invade and conquer Earth. Our three heroes, Liu Kang (Robin Shou), Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) and Sonya Blade (Happy Gilmore’s Bridgette Wilson) are summoned forth by Raiden (Christopher Lambert) to represent Earth in the fight against Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and the rest of the Outworld contestants.