Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

            This quick follow-up film to the video game adaptation angered a lot of fans. It begins where the first film left off, but it begins by killing off one of the franchise’s most popular characters. This is what it would have been like had Wolverine been killed at the beginning of X-Men 2. There are also a lot of other discrepancies with this story and the video games, but that doesn’t really matter to me. What matters is that the film is not at all fun to watch.

            After the victory by the good guys in the first film, Earth is supposed to have a generation of peace, until they are invaded by the Outerworld fighters. All of the villains seem to be in place here, in this 1997 sequel, and that is about as interesting as it gets. The fighting is mediocre, at least better than in the Street Fighter adaptation. The acting is predictably bad, but it is the incomprehensible storyline which keeps the film from ever being engaging.

            The Blu-ray high definition may make the film look better, but that will only take you so far. The special features include a video game trailer and a theatrical trailer.

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