Release Date: Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, Brian Thompson, Sandra Hess, Lynn Red Williams, Irina Pantaeva, James Remar
Starring: November 21, 1997
The one-two-three punch combo of Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon and Street Fighter created a negative perception of video game movies that has never lifted. But in 1996, the first "good" video game movie came out: Mortal Kombat. The movie was ham-fisted and schlocky, but the game was also ham-fisted and schlocky. Just like the game, it was a fantasy remake of Enter the Dragon—nothing more, nothing less. And it had a phenomenal soundtrack, with a title song you could dance to.
Unfortunately, the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, took all that goodwill and threw it directly in the garbage. The movie recast Sonya, Johnny Cage, and Raiden, while retaining some of the most laughably bad special effects and dialogue. Baraka's head looked like a cheap Halloween mask. And random characters were mentioned or seen in passing, and never mentioned again.