Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) starring Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, James Remar, Sandra Hess, Lynn 'Red' Williams, Brian Thompson directed by John R. Leonetti Movie Review

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Talisa Soto and Robin Shou in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) (aka: Motal Kombat 2)


I mentioned in my review of the original "Mortal Kombat" that I use to play the game but only out of a competitive need to get a high score and complete it, I was never into the whole story side of things. As such I kind of enjoyed the first movie because the cast was well chosen and there was some reasonable action. I hoped to get the same from the second "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation", a no brainer movie full of decent action but what I got was a cheap action movie which has a poor cast and crumby special effects.

"Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" picks up where the first movie left off with Shao-Khan opening a portal and coming down to tell Rayden and the survivors that in 6 days the world will be destroyed before killing one of them. Now Liu Kang, Rayden, Jax, Sonya and Kitana must defeat Shao-Kahn in six days to save the Earth from merging with the Outworld.

The opening series of scenes to "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" are full of poor looking special effects especially during the opening fight scene. If that wasn't bad enough we have a lot of new actors taking over the roles from the first movie with James Remar standing in for Christopher Lambert, Jennifer Hale replacing Bridgette Wilson-Sampras and Lynn 'Red' Williams replacing Gregory McKinney as Jax. Thankfully Robin Shou is one who does return because frankly anyone else as Liu Kang would have been unbearable. To put it simply these replacements are by no means as good and whilst no one has anything close to character development going on just because they are different actors sucks.

Anyway what you get in "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" is fight scene, poor graphics and an attempt to fill in the gaps with something sort of story like. It isn't in the least bit impressive because the action is so cut up that none of it gets the pulse racing and as already mentioned the special effects are poor.

What this all boils down to is that "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" is a no brainer movie but it is disappointing that even when you expect nothing but action it is poor.