Three martial arts pros (Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson) compete for world domination in a tournament that is set on an island. This flick belongs to one of the genres the 1990s never learned to master – movies based on video games. The production design looks alright, but there’s nothing here but constant fights and really contrived jokes. Christopher Lambert’s appearance as an “electrical” god actually transforms his acting from wooden into plain ridiculous.
1995-U.S. 102 min. Color. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Cast: Christopher Lambert (Lord Rayden), Robin Shou (Liu Kang), Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage), Bridgette Wilson (Sonya Blade), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Talisa Soto.
Trivia: Followed by Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) and two TV series in 1995 (animated) and 1998.