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Mortal Kombat

Year: 1995
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Paul Anderson
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Yes it was a kids movie, yes it was trashy and yes it was predictable.

But there was something very cool about the execution of this early video game adap. The filmmakers knew they had a crap movie on their hands that would be full of a silly premise, bad dialogue and hammy acting. But they believed every bit of it, and it all comes through with conviction and with surprisingly good effects.

Like the game, in concerns three martial arts followers bought to a secret island to perform in a fighting tournament, but there are some inventive scenes, creatures, characters and locations, each very distinct from the other and each showing a great palette and style.

If you're expecting Citizen Kane you'll be sorely disappointed. If you're expecting Paul Anderson's other much-reviled output you'll be pleasantly surprised. Put the popcorn in the microwave and knock yourself out.

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