5 Videogame Movies That Got Something Right!: #2 - Mortal Kombat
It’s no surprise that movies based off of video games tend to suck pretty hard. However, through all the convoluted and unfaithful adaptations, there were a few films that have managed to do something right. I don’t mean that the films were great by any means, but that they managed to accurately replicate an aspect of the game in one form or another pretty well. It could be anything from the costume design to the mannerisms of the characters, and we’ll be taking a look at a few films that have done a good job in visually translating its source material to the silver screen. Be sure to check in everyday as we count down to the number one movie to see who made the top of our list!
At #2 we take a look at the original “Mortal Kombat” (we shall pretend the other “MK” movie was never made). No matter how much you may hate video game movies, it’s pretty hard to deny how good “Mortal Kombat” actually turned out to be, in terms of staying true to its source. In particular, the fights scenes were some of the best ever produced. The encounter with Johnny Cage (whom I thought was better on film than in the game) and Scorpion was handled extremely well, as I though it showcased some of the character’s signature moves without being to over the top, and still showing off how skilled the fighters really are. You had Scorpions trade mark yell “Get over here…” and the addition of making Scorpion’s harpoon, an animated creature that worked better than one would have expected. They managed to also throw in a little nod to Cage’s Shadow Kick, and I know you couldn’t help but get giddy on the inside when Johnny Cage defeated Scorpion and his autographed photo fell on his remains, just like in the game. This was definitely one of the better examples of adapting a video game to the silver screen and an adaption gamers can agree that worked!