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MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION

SYNOPSIS:
After the end of the original Mortal Kombat tournament, the Earth-based combatants, Liu Kang (Robin Shou), their leader, Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess), Earth's toughest female warrior, and Johnny Cage (Chris Conrad), a Hollywood action hero, feel victorious because they have defeated the forces from Outworld. No sooner are they celebrating than the evil Emperor Shao-Kahn (Brian Thompson) arrives with his forces proclaiming that he'll kill all Earthlings in the next six days. The mortal warriors' chief ally, Rayden (James Remar), the God of Thunder and Lightning and protector of the Earth realm, prepares them for battle with the help of Princess Kitana (Talisa Soto), a refugee from Outworld. Soon the battle begins on Earth and in other realms, and the young warriors are joined by new members Jax (Lynn Red Williams), a muscle- bound man with mechanical arm attachments that increase his strength, Jade (Irina Pantaeva), who partners with Liu, and the Native American shaman Nightwolf (Litefoot), who assists in Liu's final training. They must deal with Kahn's forces that include Sindel (Musetta Vander), a resurrected dead queen, Sheeva (Marjean Holden), a four-armed female creature; and Motaro (Deron Mcbee), a large, mean-spirited centaur. As the battles continue, the warriors race to defeat Kahn and his forces before time runs out.

"Ah the life of a film critic must be grand; we get to see the latest of a myriad cinematic treasures. Then along comes Mortal Kombat 2 to remind us how truly awful films can be: this is the ultimate bad, boring piece of cinematic drivel, a waste of time and energy. I can't add talent, simply because there is no talent in this infantile and unremarkable sequel. Itís a tragedy when studios turn to video games for inspiration. At least the first film had a semblance of plot and development, but this movie doesn't even try. With a woeful script, no doubt the first and only draft of which was written on the back of minuscule baseball card, and some of the cheeziest special effects of recent memory, Mortal Kombat 2 is an excessively noisy, totally incoherent piece of nonsense. It's little more than an amateurish collage of endless and violent kung fu fight sequences between unfathomable characters who are ineptly acted. Some look like overgrown football stars hiding their faces, perhaps thinking to themselves: how did I get into this mess and who do I sleep with to get out of it? Aided by a one dimensional set that isn't clever enough to be comic-like, this film has a Neanderthal mentality."
Paul Fischer



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MORTAL KOMBAT:
ANNIHILATION
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MORTAL KOMBAT ANNIHILATION (M)15+
(US)

CAST: Robin Shou, Talisa Sato, James Remar, Sandra Hess, Lynn Red Williams, Brian Thompson, Reiner Schoene, Musetta Vander, Irina Pantaeva, Deron McBee, Marjean Holden, Litefoot

DIRECTOR: John R. Leonetti

PRODUCER: Lawrence Kasanoff

SCRIPT: Brent V. Friedman, Bryce Zabel

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matthew F. Leonetti

EDITOR: Peck Prior

MUSIC: George S. Clinton

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Charles Wood

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: April 9, 1998







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