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    Mortal Kombat
    Rated:PG-13
    Stars:Christopher Lambert
    Score:**
    You can tell what kind of movie this is by the opening sequence. Shang Tsung, evil sorcerer, brutally twists his foot in the back of Liu Kang's brother, then steals his soul. The movie has lots of violence, great moves, and a story a little less complex than that of Waterworld.

    Based on the Liu Kang scinerio of the original Mortal Kombat game (while containing characters from the second MK game, Jax, Kitana, and emperor Sho Kahn), Mortal Kombat features moves more awe-inspiring than those in Hercules: the Legendary Journies. The three main people are Liu Kang, who enters the tournament seeking revenge for his brother's death; Sonja, who is lead into it while pursuing the mercenary Kano; and Johnny Cage, the martial arts actor, who is tricked into entering the tournament my his manager (actually Shang Tsung in disguise).

    A lot of the special effects in this movie are computer-generated, which is getting a little tiring. At least they were smart enough to build some of these sets on the computer than to actually construct them. (Hint hint, Kevin Coster!)

    Even with all the violence, the bone cracking, and the pounding, there is only one shot of blood in the whole movie, and that is toward the end. Hardly lives up to its ultra-violent inspiration. Still, if you like people beating the crap out of each other to some pretty good techno music, Mortal Kombat may be your movie. If you want more plot than a typical Saturday morning cartoon, though, this may not be what you're looking for. One little footnote to this review: Mortal Kombat grossed more in its first week than Waterworld. Hmmm...

     
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