For the seventeenth episode of season 4, we watched 1997's worst possible idea for a first-ever video game movie sequel in the history of cinema (and the only one, by proxy). That's right, we watched Mortal Kombat: Annihilation! To call this movie a confusing mess would be an insult to the second Transformers film (an airplane graveyard is right out back from The Smithsonian? Really? I still just can't deal with that). In any case it stars Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, Brian Thompson, Sandra Hess, Irina Pantaeva and James Remar.

And now the exact same history lesson as the first Mortal Kombat movie.

I kid.

Last time I spoke mostly of the first game. This time let's move on to Mortal Kombat 3! Upon which Mortal Kombat Annihilation is “based” for lack of a better word. Cause it's not.

The only real similarity is that there are three main characters (if you really think about it) and they're fighting to save earth. You could argue that that was also the plot of the first movie, but we've moved past that so I'm going to pretend I didn't hear you.

But the third game in the series was a definite departure from the first two. First off, instead of having an Oriental aesthetic, MK3 has a much more Western feel (the direction, not the genre). The stages are all set in modern locations and the soundtrack dropped all of it's oriental motifs in exchange for modern ones.

Also, in the ultimate fit of irony, Some of the characters from the game were portrayed by new actors, since their originals had left Midway due to royalty disputes. This being irony because many of the actors from the first Mortal Kombat film opted not to return for the sequel, which lead to some really choppy replacements in some cases, and forgettable in others.

The game also used a much less vibrant color pallet than the other two games in the series, along with the introduction of pre-rendered 3D backgrounds for many of the stages. So, replaced actors to beloved characters, less colorful, and suspect use of 3D visuals. This may be a better adaptation than we thought.

See you next week.

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