The idea of adapting a type of media into a movie or TV show is not new at all. But, when it comes to turning video games into movies, the results have often been…less than stellar. Sure, now, we successes like Detective Pikachu and Sonic The Hedgehog, but for the longest time, the most successful video game movie films were ones like Tomb Raider, Resident Evil…and of course, the original Mortal Kombat film.
The film, based on the very popular and very violent video game met a perfect storm of hype, desire for a good video game film and more to deliver something that is still fondly remembered to this day (unlike its terrible sequel). And in fact, 2020 is the 25th anniversary of the film, to which director Wes Anderson went and talked about the film and talked about how it still holds up today for a singular reason: the fight scenes.
While not fully accurate to the movies (like Scorpion’s “snake hand”), they did indeed deliver on some epic moments. Including seeing Goro in action multiple times, Liu Kang vs. Sub-Zero, and of course, Liu Kang versus Shang Tsung.
According to Anderson, the reason this movie was special was because it gave viewers in American cinema something they had “never seen before”. Which was accurate at the time.
Not so ironically, Mortal Kombat had multiple adaptations after that. Including the aforementioned terrible sequel, a cartoon series that was also terrible, a couple of web series, and now, is aiming to have a “reboot” of the movie franchise that is coming out in 2021.
You can’t help but wonder what they’re going to do with the film 25 years later, with a major budget and knowledge of what to do and what NOT to do with a video game film. But we’ll find out when the movie arrives January 15th, 2021.