Easily the best movie adaptation of a video game in the 90s, it remains the best in its series. 1995’s Mortal Kombat takes a PG-13 approach to Midway’s hyper-violent arcade game and as a result, is a fun and approachable entryway to the franchise. Thunder god Raiden recruits an unlikely group of warriors (Lui Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage) from Earth to battle in the realm’s final opportunity in the Mortal Kombat tournament before it’s taken over by the forces of Outworld represented by Shang Tsung, Goro, Sub Zero, and Scorpion.
Mortal Kombat (1995) is available to stream on HBOMax. If you really want a good time, but don’t mind an awful movie, have a laugh by watching Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel that somehow misses on everything the original got right. It’s also available on HBOMax.