Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a 1997 martial arts-action film based on the Mortal Kombat franchise, and the sequel to Mortal Kombat.
Every generation, a portal opens up between the Outerworld and Earth. Emperor Shao-Kahn (Brian Thompson), the ruler of the mythical Outerworld, pounces the moment the portal reopens and slips through with his mighty warriors, intent on total domination and uniting the two worlds. However, he has only seven days to complete his task. In the meantime, opposition grows and warriors Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess), Jax (Lynn "Red" Williams), Kitana (Talisa Soto) and Liu Kang (Robin Shou) get ready for war.
Why It Sucks
- Aside from Robin Shou and Talisa Soto reprising their roles as Liu Kang and Kitana, some of the original actors didn't come back for this movie and were replaced.
- Misleading Tagline: the tagline makes it feel like it's destroying all expectations on the film and It shows.
- Almost the entire opening credits sequence is lazily copied straight from the predecessor.
- Many moments are heavy-handed and unnecessary, such as Nightwolf's scene.
- Shao Kahn kills Rain for almost no other reason than failing to make some fighters beg for their lives.
- Kabal and Stryker were mentioned in the film by Rain, but they didn't make their appearances in this film.
- The buildup towards Animality is a very big disappointment.
- Johnny Cage, one of the most iconic characters in the entire Mortal Kombat franchise and the person who defeated Goro in the first film, dies in the first five minutes of the movie, despite the fact this film was made around the time Mortal Kombat Trilogy (a game where he is playable) was still relevant. This was ironic considering that Daniel Pesina, who previously played Johnny Cage in the first two games was fired by Midway and replaced by David Alexander in Mortal Kombat Trilogy.
- Many questions remain unanswered, such as why the Elder Gods lied to Raiden and how both Sub-Zero and Scorpion (despite the latter being an undead hellspawn as evident by his head is just a skull underneath his mask) are alive despite being killed in the first film. (However, the Sub-Zero in this film explains that the one who was killed by Liu Kang in the first film was actually his brother, a nod to Mortal Kombat II.)
- Way too many jump scenes.
- Some lazy editing, such as Rain's death scene being recycled for Liu Kang defeating Baraka.
- Very poor CGI effects for Liu Kang and Shao Kahn's Animality forms.
- Laughable bad dialogue, such as Sindel's infamous line and Scorpion yelling Suckers at Liu Kang and Sub-Zero.
- Terrible costumes (mainly Liu Kang and Raiden).
- Bleak and bland backgrounds.
- Irina Pantaeva is white-washed as Jade.
- Some characters don't get much screen time as they should, Scorpion and Sub-Zero, two of the most iconic characters of the franchise are underutilized and have one brief fight scene and both aren't shown again, and Sheeva, a major Mortal Kombat 3 character, unfortunately dies without fighting anyone (much to the disappointment of her portrayer), which makes her involvement in the story completely pointless.
- Terrible green-screen effects.
- Sindel's infamous comedic and plagiarizing line "Too bad... you... will die!". This became a meme amongst the Mortal Kombat community.
- Some fight scenes are a little short.
- Even though the villains are portrayed excellently, their development is terrible.
- Raiden quickly changed from an Elder God into a martial artist from Earthrealm for no reason at all.
- Jade's betrayal was a nice twist but her dying by Shao Kahn was a terrible idea.
- Shao Kahn kills Rain and Jade for stupid reasons without bothering to explain this motive other than coming up with foolish reasons like beg for their lives or leading the heroes into an ambush, even though Jade and Sindel were fairly outnumbered.
- Ed Boon himself declares that he hates the film claiming it the worst thing to be associated with the series.
- Lack of fatalities (with the exception of Sonya's kiss of death) and blood.
- The film acknowledges the fact that humanity is facing total destruction, but it doesn't show people actually dying or screaming for their lives making the apocalyptic destruction seem unrealistic.
- The fight with Mileena and Sonya, the mud on their bodies appear and disappear and the monster that appears after the battle is horribly CGI.
- Shao Kahn takes off his mask multiple times which he'll never do, and he has a human face for some reason.
- Some of the villains like Sheeva and Motaro look cool.
- The fight between Sonya and Mileena was great.
- Liu Kang's fight with Smoke by default is the best fight scene.
- MK mascots Scorpion and Sub-Zero get to fight each other.
- Ed Boon, who voiced Scorpion in the game, was also reprised Scorpion in this movie.
- Sindel's costume is good.
- The story was interesting.
- The music is top-notch as always.
- Despite Sandra Hess replacing Sonya, she does a good job in portraying her character more and the chemistry with Jax is great as well making it possibly the best character development than anyone.
In contrast to its predecessor, which was a box office success and has people willing to defend it saying it is a good movie to this day, Annihilation was critically panned and under-performed at the box office. As a result, not only was it was considered by many as one of the worst sequels and video game movies of all time, but the development of a planned sequel to this movie was halted and never progressed beyond pre-production.
It currently holds 2% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 3.7/10 rating on IMDB.