In the 1990s, movie adaptations of video games were on their way becoming merely a method of milking money from unsuspecting and naive children. People remember this decade of video game movies and shudder at adaptations like Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, and the notorious Street Fighter.
However, one adaptation was released that raised the bar for later game adaptations to come — at least a little bit — and that was Mortal Kombat in 1995. While it hasn’t necessarily aged well, it was able to showcase what sticking to the source material can actually do for a successful movie.
James Rolfe — famous for his Angry Video Game Nerd series of game reviews — has now delved into the film. While he admits that the movie does not generate the hype for him that it did when he was a kid, he praised the producers for sticking to the plot of the game and portraying the characters and scenarios as faithfully as possible. He also comments how the game comes full circle: once being inspired by Enter the Dragon, it also becomes a film with a similar structure to the Bruce Lee classic.
Some NSFW language ahead.