Wizard of As: Mortal Kombat Annihilation Review

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Why review the 2nd Mortal Kombat movie and not the first? Well cause the first one was actually decent. Then 2 years later they decided to make a sequel which was quite successful making 70 million US box office after a mere 18 million dollar budget.

Extra Trivia: Jean Claude Van Damme turned down the role of Johnny Cage in the first mortal kombat to play Guile in Street Fighter which was considerably less successful with a 35 million dollar budget and the movie grossed 33 million US. Nice choice Jean.

But of course Hollywood saw a lot of cash come their way after the first so you need to do another one right? Well….wrong. Given 30 million dollars for the budget sounds much better, the movie before did very well with a smaller budge of 18 million. But this 30 million was not spent well, less appealing to the eye, actor talent lowered, plot and script jumbled and mindless, special effects look cheapened. So what the fuck happened? We’ll have to see.

The tagline for this movie: Destroy All Expectations!
That’s right because if you had high expectations for this movie, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Lower them a little and you might not think it’s that bad.

We start off seeing clips from the first movie to remind us what happened since this is just a few seconds after the first movie ends. Saw Shao Kahn in the end of the first…looked intimidating and you couldn’t wait to see him….but oh fuck, what a let down…you get this guy.

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What the fuck? Lame. Fine, whatever just better be badass…but he isn’t.

So we’re back at the sky turning purple and fire and shit coming down…then it’s raining ninjas with lots of bad green screen. As you see, Liu Kang is still the same, Kitana is back and is looking super hot, but who are these are people?

Sonya is different.

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(Left Sonya 1, Right Sonya 2) Not as hot in my opinion.

Then you got Johnny Cage.

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At least they look fairly similar. But my complaint with the new one comes in very quickly.

But the enemies come in. Motaro, Ermac, Rain, and Sheeva, then Shao Kahn.

But holy fuck, now we see Rayden.

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Christopher Lambert is 100% better as Rayden.

But then Shao Kahn talks….overly dramatic and evil. Sounds like a bad guy from the Godzilla movies. Sounding like you have a big voice and lowering it’s pitch makes you evil. Just evil for the sake of being evil.

Sindel shows up now, Kitana’s mother and her first line is one of the worst spoken lines in the history of movies.

“Too bad-You…..will die.”

Rayden and Shao Kahn fight a a bit while using some voice effects straight up taken from the game this movie is based off of. But shit…Johnny Cage is easily killed. God dammit. He was one of my favorite characters and now he’s gone less than 8 minutes into the movie. Character number 1 wasted. The guy who beat up Goro has his neck snapped in less than a minute by Shao Kahn.

The plot is now unfolded, Shao Kahn decided to just show up on Earth, breaking the rules of Mortal Kombat and now it’s up the protagonists stop them. A strange line I found was

“Alone you are vulnerable but together you can do much.”

You can’t do a lot, nothing spectacular…just much. I don’t know I found it wierd. So they all split up in the giant caged roller balls straight out of American Gladiators and ride them inside the earth’s core until the arrive at some random underground temple. But shit, Smoke and 3 ninjas show up. Smoke and Lui Kang fight. Kitana pulls out her bladed fans and fights off the expendable ninjas. Smoke is about to blow up Kitana and Lui Kang with a chest missile but oh my….Sub-Zero shows up and freezes the missle and Smoke blows up.

Sub-Zero was killed in the last movie pointed out by Liu Kang but no way says Ed Boon (screen writer for this movie and writes the plots and scripts for every Mortal Kombat game, movie, animated movie, animated series, and tv series ever made) this is just an excuse to put in Sub Zero again. But oh no….this is Sub-Zero’s brother. How convenient. A Deus ex machina that fails to impress. But Scorpion shows up too. So is this Scorpions uncle? So Scorpion and SubZero’s brother Sub Zero fight it out but Scorpion gets away and takes Kitana which by the way Scorpion never comes back…or Sub Zero after this scene. 2 more characters wasted.

So Sonya goes to get Jax who is unexplainably getting a new change with his metal arms and she somehow new that so thanks for explaining that to the audience.

But now Cyrax shows up and so he and Jax fight. Sonya fights off some more expendable ninjas. We also find that Jax is the new comedy relief who cracks bad jokes and retardedly not funny one liners. Sonya blows a kiss to some unmarked powder that sets Cyrax on fire and kills him.

By the way, Smoke and Cyrax are in this movie….but no Sektor. They’re basically all the same character just different colors. If you’re gonna have 2 of them, why not the other?

So Ermac, Sheeva, and Motaro argue on how many people they can kill. Rain tells Shao Kahn that they have killed Kabal and Stryker an……WAIT WHAT??? You can’t just fucking name drop cool characters and say they’re killed. So fucking lame. Kabal is an awesome character too, he could have provided a lot for the movie but no…he’s dead because we say so. Fuck you John Tobias and Ed Boon. It’s like if Star Wars Episode 7 had a scene and started talking about characters that existed that we knew about and wanted to see but just mention them and never bring them up again.

“Boba Fett actually lived through that ordeal at the Great Pit of Carkoon, but he has since retired, got married and has 2 children.”

You can’t just do that, retardery.

But anyway, Rain is killed just because. Character wasted. Sindel is the new general….why in the fuck was Rain the general in the first place? Seems like a lame choice.

Liu Kang is walking in the desert and fights off a wolf that turns out to be Nightwolf using his animality. Nightwolf has the worst lines in the whole movie, ick. But about less than 3 minutes….Nightwolf is gone and never returns. Another character wasted. So that’s what like 7 now that we’ve wasted? Johnny Cage, Sub Zero 2, Scorpion 2, Kabal, Stryker, Rain, and now Nightwolf. This movie is just full of useless cameos just to make it more interesting I guess but it’s only wasted opportunities and just a waste of time since they serve no real purpose. But now it’s snowing in the desert (makes sense right?) and Jade is now the new appearance in this movie. Hot asian chick but at the time she was a black chick in the game.

So Sonya and Jax are arguing about god knows what but Sonya gets Mileena shows up and fights Sonya in mud no less. Sonya beats Mileena who is now covered in mud Then an unknown huge beast shows up and Jax tries to fight him and beats up quickly. So Mileena…..character number 8 wasted.

Rayden speaks to the elder gods about Shao Kahn’s new plan. Liu Kang, Jade, Jax, and Sonya meet up and somehow Sonya is all clean. Must have given herself a cat bath. Rayden shows up with short hair (because he’s mortal now?)

They’re all gonna take off into the other portal into the outer realm. Which is just a trap apparently. Sindel is waiting for them with 3 Reptile characters…..yes 3 of them. Rayden fights them off as the rest stand there and wait. I’ll be nice and just say Reptile….character number 9 wasted and not count all 3 of them.

Liu Kang reaches Kitana but someone is waiting for him. Holy shit….it’s Baraka. Fucking awesome. Baraka fights Liu Kang but holy shit…there’s 3 Barakas now. Do you really think multiplying characters makes it better? No, it doesn’t. So in less than 3 minutes…..ALL FUCKING 3 BARAKAS ARE DEAD. Character number 10 Baraka….wasted. But uh-oh Sheeva is here and in less than 20 seconds…she is crushed by a cage…..ugh my god, really? She didn’t even get to throw a punch. 11 FUCKING CHARACTERS WASTED!!!!! My dear god, what the fuck are you thinking?!

At this point I’ve given up. Jade betrayed Jax, Sonya, Liu Kang, Rayden, and Kitana.

But now….super secret crazy gasp moment…………..Shao Kahn and Rayden are brothers. Oh my, we only saw that same “plot twist” before about 30 minutes ago. Fucking christ.

Jade didn’t get her trap just right so Shao Kahn kills her, I’ll give her a pass. She lasted for more than 2 scenes. More bickering and then they all walk to the final battle where Shao Kahn kills Rayden.

Final battle is set. Jax vs Motaro, Kitana vs Sindel, Sonya vs Ermac, and of course Liu Kang vs Shao Kahn. In these battles you really get to see how shitty Motaro looks. Just an actor with lots of makeup and hooves on his legs with cgi added for his horse body. It makes him look short. Motaro is supposed to be pretty damn big but he looks a little shorter than Jax when they stand side by side. Ermac grows an extra dude and it’s Noob Saibot. Jax takes out Motaro and assists Sonya to take out Noob Saibot with only 2 punches. Character number 12  wasted. Kitana kills Sindel. Now we see the final dudes to end it all. Which Liu Kang turns into his animality and as does Shao Kahn…..which they look straight up awful. As bad as a Sci-Fy tv movie and their special effects if not a little worse. But that all ends. Liu Kang defeats Shao Kahn in regular fighting without use of powers going to old school Mortal Kombat…..duh. Did you think Shao Kahn would win? Shao Kahn and Rayden’s father is killed by the other elder gods.

Everything is back to normal. Sonya and Jax are alive. Sindel is turned back to normal as a nice lady and becomes a true mother to Kitana. Rayden is brought back to life and takes over his father’s place as an elder god. The End.

Lame, Lame, Lame, Lame, Lame…..and what the fuck…..more Lame. 11 Characters brought in just to be killed or disappear in a matter of a few minutes or even never shown. Special effects are crap. Shit plot with even worse plot twists. It’s like 3 guys were messing around on what the next Mortal Kombat movie should be without taking what they were saying seriously but then turned it into an actual movie. Apparently there’s a new Mortal Kombat in the works….a re-boot of the series. I doubt it will be worth it and will probably die a very quick death but who knows.

Rating: Half A Mortal Kombat Dragon

Time Stopping Quotes:
Sindel: “Too bad-you…..will die.”
Rayden: “Alone you are vulnerable but together you can do much.”

What Did We Learn:
Multiplying the same character doesn’t make it better.
Ed Boon and John Tobias can’t write movies.
Kabal and Kano are the best characters.
Using voice clips from the game this movie is based on in the movie itself just doesn’t work.
Techno is not really ass kicking music.

Lilliputian Size Reviews: Alien 3/Alien (To The 3rd Power)

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Alright so, just watched this after many years of procrastinating to see it another time. I’m a big fan of the Aliens franchise (except AVP, they fucked up that shit)

I used to collect the Aliens vs. Predator action figures. I’d still like to go back and get them again, they were awesome. Played the shit out of Alien 3 on Super Nintendo, hard as fuck but kinda fun, not fantastic. Also played Aliens vs. Predator on Super Nintendo, classic beat em up. Played a little Alien Trilogy on Playstation, not as impressed. Just started playing Aliens: Colonel Marines on Xbox 360, super fun and follows the movies pretty well. Our local Laser-X (remember that shit?) had an Alien themed play area. There was a window that showed the area and if you got really close to it, a sensor would go off and a facehugger puppet would jump at the window. Traumatized me. Also had an issue from a of graphic novel series.

Back to the movie at hand. Inferior from Alien and even Aliens. But better than Alien Resurrection.
Visuals are fucking awesome.
Cinematography is great.
Sets and art design are beautiful.
Acting is good.
But story, meh.
Dialogue…eh.
The alien itself….umm, sure why not.

So the one I just watched came out of an Ox (originally you see it come out of a Dog in another versions of the movie, which makes more sense because of the physical similarities) but whatever, it runs on all fours. The survivors from the last movie (Ripley, Newt, Cpl. Hicks, and the upper half of Bishop) are in the escape pod from their ship, crash land on a planet with just 25 life sentence prisoners, 1 warden, and his lackey (nicknamed 85 because that’s his IQ). Unfortunately Ripley is the only one left, the others didn’t make it.
The prisoners are now born again christians and find her appearance to be a bad thing since they are all former killers and rapists and feel that her being there will challenge their faith and fall into the hands of sin.
A few deaths lead to them all working together, no weapons besides some knives and axes. So they use their creativity to kill it. Eventually it gets done but Ripley has been impregnated which is my big quarrel with this movie.
During the climax of Aliens the only alien that got onto the Solaco ship was the queen. She was injected into space and that was it. No other alien was aboard, they even went on a smaller ship that left the Solaco. The only way for her to be impregnated is for their to be facehuggers on the ship. They only come from eggs that are left by the queen in her hive. Her hive was blown to bits in the previous movie. So no eggs available. They didn’t even find the dead husk of a face hugger on the escape pod. So what the fuck? Makes no sense, it’s not like they couldn’t have figured something out to fill that plot hole. Not only that, remember the ox AKA dog? There had to have been 2 aliens aboard. Sorry, I don’t buy this anymore. So that’s my big gripe with this movie otherwise like I said, well done.
It’s the last good Alien movie, Alien Resurrection not so much.

Rating: 3.25 Doggy Aliens

Lilliputian Size Reviews: Spring Breakers

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I’m gonna start off by saying…I like Harmony Korine. Kids, Gummo, and Trash Humpers I’m a fan of (especially Gummo). But I didn’t dig this too much. Slow moving, repetitive, and showing tits and ass to show well….tits and ass. But hey that’s fine, there were a lot of nice butts and boobs. But it was like ok, lets go on to plot now please. I swear the line “Spring break, spring break, spring break forever” was repeated at least 30 times.
James Franco was the guy that made this movie somewhat worth it to me. His grimy little character (Al-ien) was funny to watch and was just so ridiculously slimy but you couldn’t help but laugh. A combination of just him and that his character was funny.

“Look at all my SHIT!!”

It was filmed well, effects were cool, I’m a fan of film noir style colored lights. Makes it seem comic book like. But the story and plot were just too slow and I got bored easily just waiting for something to happen. The ending wasn’t awful…but it was rushed it seemed like.
I kind of wondered sometimes (day dreaming really) that what would I be doing in these crazy parties at South Florida during a college spring break. Would I be getting some poon? Maybe. How shy would I be? Not sure. Probably would break out of my shell fairly quickly. I’m a competitive guy, wanna do something crazy? I’ll show you a crazy mothafucka (cause I’m the shit, yo). Well…I guess the question is…does it make you wanna go on spring break?
Not really, well…….maybe? Who knows. But probably not….but let’s not rule it out. I doubt it though.

Rating: 2-AND-A-HALF Vanessa Hudgens’ss (which half?)

Lilliputian Size Reviews: Slaughtered Vomit Dolls

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I’ve seen some crazy movies. But this had moments of deranged behavior, and gross moments. But I personally found it hard to watch in a different way than most people’s usual complaint of horrid acts on screen. I depict it as ‘BORING AS HELL’. I like this kind of stuff…but the images went WAY to fast to comprehend what you even saw and then by the time you know what it was…but there were 14 more shots you’ve missed due to thinking about the one. Even films like Gummo and Trash Humpers (Like random shots and disturbing images? Those are for you) have a certain plot or story. It may be small, but it’s something. This was random shot, after random shot, and what do you know…another random shot. Even the more horrifying shots get old. Some lasting half a second, some lasting 30 seconds. But it doesn’t stop, until you see her as a child walking away on an old VHS Camera. I wanted parts to just move on, but they kept going and going. Back and forth, back and forth. It’s ok sometimes to do that, but let people get what they are seeing first before you switch. Being so redundant that it becomes VERY QUICKLY unappealing to the eye and brain. You get lost easily (not the good kind of lost), your mind can’t keep up and then you are frustrated and want to turn it off. The gore effects and some shots are well constructed. But the editing, audio was put together randomly without truly thinking about it and THAT’S what drove me nuts. Overall, if the description would follow the actual film…it would probably be an underground horror favorite. But it is portrayed so horribly that it just is not worth another watch.

Rating: 1 Vomit Doll

Wizard of As: Warriors of the Wasteland Review

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The electro tapping of of the musical keyboard leads you into a full frenzied adrenaline rush for the ages…well not really. It lets you know you’re watching a movie from the 80’s and it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. As I also I notice that almost every crew member for this film has a name that ends in an ‘I’ or an ‘O’ so I’m supposing a lot of rigatoni was on the catering table.Placing in 2019 AD…after the nuclear halocaust . Folks checking a radio to find a signal that some feel don’t exist.

The entire local group we begin with has the their town set in a circle of cars. Gremlins, Pintos, Mercury Lynx’s you know, what was cool at the time. Like somehow we didn’t evolve cars between 1983 and 2019. Oh but wait. A group of maniacal badasses with souped up golf carts live beyond the others with the giant impaling spikes in the front grills, lawnmower blades the swerve on the sides, dirt bikes but not to mention the hair styles of the future.

Razored goatees and cinnamon bun craniums. Wearing outfits with oversized shoulder pads that make stormtrooper outfits seem confident & dignified. The Templars as they are called, circle this group of wastelanders like a tribe of indians surrounding a gang of old settlers in their covered wagons.

The guns have apparently evolved nicely with the old fashioned rifles with laser sounds that 5 year olds would make when playing cops and robbers. “Pew Pew Pew, Pow Pow Pow.” But when shot in the face, just some minor redness and irritation. Like you just injected the russian crocodile drug with instant physical results. Grenades with oversized dynamite fuses. Oh yeah did I mention the carts have cannons and flame throwers?

10 minutes in…decapitation for the first time with no spurting blood or really…any blood. Clean hit.

The Templars tear a book of the Jerusalem Bible which books apparently started the whole apocalypse? Really? Not atomic energy or radiation? Ya know, like Little Boy and Fat Man? Civilization is what these wastelanders cannot find but of course, they never tried looking so they just assume it doesn’t exist. If you can’t see it…it doesn’t exist is the Templars ideology.

Men in ape costumes search the wreckage of this once sort of proud community for….umm…..I don’t know. Why are they there? But a car approaches, with a half spherical glowing, sunroof. A skull is shown in the front fender, which you will be reminded it’s there quite often. The driver is the savior of hope. Kills the monkey suited thugs and finds a survivor which somehow the thugs did not. The survivor talks about how there is not reason for living anymore, existence is useless more emo mumbo jumbo. Survivor is asking to be killed…the savior humors him and shoots him, but he misses and leaves him there to rot for being so damn negative about existence.

He arrives at a spot, suddenly gets shot at by an unknown assailant with metal balls from a slingshot. Turns out it’s a little kid fixes cars and they’re friends…they were just playing. What if the kid was killed? You’d have no friends to help tune up your car but most of all your only playmate is dead because you horse around too rough. The kids also dresses like Amelia Arheart for whatever reason as well. The kid finds an ear in the radiator, so the future is just a recall to Blue Velvet.

Cut to The Templars chasing an armored ice cream truck for bomb pops and creamcicles. The flamethrower ignites inside of the vehicle and a woman jumps out, then the driver who gets impaled in the crotch, nice dude…real nice. I know it’s the apocalypse but there are some places you don’t kill a man. The Templars catch a woman with a net and drag her around behind the running car. The savior shoots the net and the woman is let go. We find that the savior is named Scorpion. He chit chats with the Templars and leaves with the chick. Such a dirty face, but she takes off her goggles and it turns out it’s just a 5 ‘o clock shadow (this movie is from Italy after all.)

To ease the upcoming sexual tension, Scorpion puts on some music in from a small cube attached to the radio (iCube?).

One, of the king of the Templars doesn’t want Scorpion dead unless he gets his pride and soul.

Fred Williamson shows up (I bet he’s proud of this movie).

But anyway, this woman finds out Scorpion wants to help her and not take advantage of her womanness. She is pretty good looking I must say, but she’s pretty easy to get into a clear, blow up tent and make love to. Since Scorpion just happens to own one and gets her to lay down naked by the fire.

Mako is a hungry killer for the Templars and just wants to kill everyone and take over. He attempts to kill scorpion himself with a few lackeys to assist. But are quickly laid out with the help of Nadir’s (Fred Williamson) exploding arrows. Scorpion kills Mako with his own vehicle. Apparently Scorpion is a one man show, doesn’t want help from anyone.

Mako has indeed a dignified funeral lying on a metal hammock wearing nothing but a studded codpiece.

More small civilizations are shown purely made of shiny metal, cars, and scraps. The Mayor is dressed as Clint Eastwood from A Fistful of Dollars. The people of this village are christians. Because after the apocalypse people still believe that god will show up eventually.

So the Templars FINALLY start looking for Scorpion after the king One has wished that they take their time so they can torture him instead of just kill him. If you’re a bad guy…you gotta have shitty plans with holes the size of the ozone layer.

Nadir happens to find the only other black woman in the world. Lucky him, she flirts poorly though. All she has to point out is Nadir is a “healthy guy”. Nadir is gonna stay around and get laid and let Scorpion go on his own, they’ll catch up later because Nadir always finds Scorpion anyway.

The Templars finally catch Scorpion after many deaths and time wasted. They BDSM Scorpion down and One rapes Scorpion. If he isn’t, it really looks like it…they edited it to look so. Don’t know if it was intentional or unintentional. So they leave Scorpion there chained up and still alive so he could just get away like usual (did the Templars watch any James Bond movies?) 3 remaining Templars stay with Scorpion for dragging him behind a car but Nadir is not far behind watch their every move. Exploding arrows take care of it. So now Scorpion is safe with Nadir but the town where they left the woman is under attack.

They’re back with the little blonde greasemonkey. Nadir is healing Scorpion and letting him know he needs help and not to be such a selfish dickhead.

The Templars line up the remaining villagers for a slaughter. The squad of black guy, dickhead, and blonde boy are getting ready for a battle with a huge van full of spinning wheels and other flashy nonsense. Even a rear windshield that has immunity to explosives which the little boy enjoys so much it makes him giggle like a small toddler.

One listens to boring poetry which explains his poor choice of language and performance of speaking.

Scorpion has always been powerful and very dangerous but since he was raped he lost his skills of killing.

A trap of a car being driven by dead Templars shows that the battle for apocalyptic land supremacy has begun.

Shadow finally sees a figure behind the fire, it is our hero the selfish dickhead. One decides to chit chat instead of killing and just get this matter over with. A standoff is held, everyone watching in tepid suspense. One shoots twice and hits Scorpion both times, but huzzah!!! Scorpion wears bubble tupperware armor. Shots fired between Templars and Scorpions helpers while Shadow shoots 3 villagers, but Scorpion shoots Shadow so that’s over anyway. Battle rages on between the Templars and black guy and little blonde boy and eventually they defeat the remaining members of the Stormtrooper rejects. A chase scene between Scorpion and One is on…One is easily defeated with a huge spinning drill from behind, crashing into a canyon wall and exploding off into film obscurity.

So in the end, Nadir gets black chick, Scorpion gets italian girl and adopting the blonde kid. They all live happily after until the toxic radiation that fills the land takes their toll on everyone and they all die from multiple sicknesses.

Time Stopping Quote:
One (King of the Templars): “The world is dead…it raped itself.”

What Did We Learn From This:

  • In the future, Ford makes optional car accessories that can massacre thousands.
  • The Road Warrior storyline happened in Italy too, just wasn’t as interesting or memorable.
  • Electro music isn’t as cool as it sounded in the 80’s.
  • Green glowing tents are beloved by many italian women
  • Black guy + black chick = fucking