10:55am PT by Aaron Couch
'Mortal Kombat' Honest Trailer Mocks "Fighters Who Can't Act" and "Actors Who Can't Fight"
Mortal Kombat was the first videogame movie embraced by fans — but Honest Trailers still had plenty of fun performing fatality on the 1995 film and the ill-fated 1997 followup Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Even if you love the movies, its hard to deny some of the qualms has with the series, like it's obsession with rules, the recasting for the sequel and how much of the screen time is dedicated to Shang Shung dramatically standing up from a chair.
"Meet a sprawling cast of fighters who can’t act, actors who can’t fight and people who can’t really do either," says the narrator.
Last year, Heat Vision chronicled the crazy story of how Mortal Kombat got made. There was a lot of hard-partying among the crew, bruised ribs among the actors — and Tom Cruise was even turned away from set when he wanted to pop in and see what was going on. Against all odds, the film became a hit and stayed at No. 1 at the box office for three weeks in a row.
"Robin would rate the fights," director Paul W.S. Anderson said of star Robin Shou. "They would be a one, a two or a three. That would refer to how many ribs he bruised when he did the fight. The Reptile fight was a three-rib fight, so he really felt like he'd delivered for me. I remember Linden Ashby [Johnny Cage] as well. He was eating Advil like they were M&M'S. We just kicked the hell out of him during that fight. I remember him coming off set going, 'I've never been in so much pain in my life.' And I'm like 'How many ribs have you broken? Robin's broken three!' "
The Mortal Kombat Honest Trailer comes as the latest videogame adaptation, Assassin's Creed, is preparing to hit theaters Wednesday.