When it comes to the Mortal Kombat film franchise, the general consensus has been "The first one was great! What the heck were they thinking with the second?!" As sad as it is to say, I was not one of those people.
I will agree that the first one was better than the sequel, but let's be honest, that's been said about A LOT of movies over the years. And yes, there were a lot of points in the movie that were very much face-palm worthy. But remember, this was the 90's! Rewatch some classic movies or shows that you thought was amazing back in the day and I guarantee that you will cringe at how cheesy some of the dialogue was.
Here's why I love this movie
Coming from the mind set of a 7-8 year old boy, there was some epic moments that came out of this movie. I was a huge fan of the video games. As a kid, that was one of the 5 video games I played regularly along side Ninja Turtles, MarioKart, Mario Party, and Sonic. This movie had a lot of aspects from the video games in this movie which made it awesome as a kid to see. Case in point, this movie gave us ANIMALITIES!!
Be honest, if you watched this movie of played MK3, you imagined what your spirit animal would be if you could literally go beast mode in the middle of a fight. Of course I always wanted to be a dragon but in all likelihood, mine is a panda (I'm Asian and do martial arts, just call me Po).
But from the beginning of the movie, MK: Annihilation grabbed my attention.
Starting the movie with the death of a main character from the first movie, Johnny Cage, was insane! I remember screaming at the screen "WAIT! WHAT?! NO!!!!!" when that happened. He was my favorite character from the first so to see him gone in 60 seconds threw me for a loop.
Despite being floored from that opening scene, I was really hooked when the movie gave the fans wanted to see:
It was a little unfortunate that the fight ended before we could see a definite winner. And even though Scorpion was the bad guy in the fight, I still didn't know who to cheer for. These two are some of, if not the most well known characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise and to finally see them go head-to-head on the big screen get me extremely excited.
Obviously this movie has huge nostalgia factors to me. It's still one of those few movies that if I come across it on TV, I'll still watch it in a heartbeat. Heck if I could find my copy of the soundtrack, I'd be rocking out to that every time I work out. I don't care what other people think of this movie, Mortal Kombat Annihilation will always be my guilty pleasure, #SOBIG movie.