As far as terrible Hollywood adaptations of video games go, the Mortal Kombat franchise has seen its fair share of ups and downs. The original 1995 Mortal Kombat movie was seen as a fresh take on the ever-disappointing fighting-game-movie-adaptation genre.
But when it came to Round 2 (the sequel), the movie flopped, hard.
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There’s nothing quite like a downward spiral trend when it comes to game-based movies. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation — the sequel — was certainly nothing like the original film.
Why? Well, the sequel decided to remove any semblance of campy goodness that the original film had which unironically made it somewhat entertaining. And to put the final nail on the coffin, the producers and movie makers even took out all of the original cast from the first film — essentially making a new movie without any ties to the previous one in the process.
It didn’t pay off. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was, well, annihilated by the critics and fans alike. It came off as a boring, low-budget, low-effort mess with excruciatingly terrible acting — and that isn’t the worst part. The worst part is that the visual effects were such a downgrade from the original that it looked as if it came out of a Sharknado film.
For those who aren’t in the know, that means it’s really, really bad.