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[31/31: The Movie | Part 5] Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

The characters come face to face with a bright yellow robot (known to fans as Cyrax). After defeating the robot, a marking on its shoulder, which is later revealed to be a tattoo -- a tattoo on a robot -- suddenly removes itself, transforming into small dragon and flying away. Cyrax then detonates, and the heroes outrun the resulting fireball. 

WHAT THE HELL AM I WATCHING?

The answer is Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Which...why? Why am I doing this? I don't--

Ahem. Sorry. Needed a moment to compose myself.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a movie about a cast of characters thrown into the loosest resemblance of a plot, and then fight. 

The characters have all been recast from the first movie, and there are so many character that not all of them even get mentioned by name.

Raiden makes some sort of deal that results in him losing his powers and becoming mortal, which involves getting a makeover to look like Billy Idol.

Nightwolf delivers the best line in the movie when he tells Liu Kang he must test his courage, and find his animality. Someone not only thought that introducing animality into the story would be a good idea, but decided to make it a focus of the plot. As a result, the film's final climatic battle turns into Primal Rage: The Movie.

Except my description makes it sound far more entertaining than it is. This movie is not even fun to riff to with friends. When one person in my group announced that we still had 1/3 of the movie to go, we all groaned. The level of quality of the writing, acting, and directing is roughly on par with a high budget porno, if you replaced all the sex scenes with fight scenes.

That said, it still wasn't quite as painful to watch as Double Dragon. It's funny that the poster says "Destroy All Expectations," because between Double Dragon and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, this certainly destroyed all expectations I had regarding the average quality level of videogame movie adaptations. I did not think they would get this bad.

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