Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a 1997 action film/video game adaptation--the sequel to the 1995 video game film, Mortal Kombat, and stars Robin Shou, James Remar, Talisa Soto, and Brian Thompson. It is directed by the cinematographer of I Know Who Killed Me, and written by one of the guys who wrote Foodfight!

The movie was universally panned for numerous reasons, including but not limited to: cramming every Mortal Kombat character they could possibly think of into the film, godawful special effects, and pointlessly retconning the previous movie at several points.

This was also the subject of one of James' earliest written Tirades reviews.

Plot[edit | edit source]

A loudmouthed moron in a skull mask threatens to conquer Earth while the governing forces of the MK tournament sit around with their thumbs up their asses. Also, the hero from the first MK movie turns into a completely helpless idiot.

Notable characters[edit | edit source]

The Episode[edit | edit source]

  • Despite numerous hiatuses over the years, this episode is recognized as the official "Third Anniversary" episode of the Tirades podcast
  • It is the third "Blast from the Past" episode (one covering a movie that was previously reviewed in written form)

Scores[edit | edit source]

James - Clusterfuck (this is the same word James gave when he retconned all numeric scores from all Written Tirades after Episode 17)

Damien - Victory

Highlights[edit | edit source]

  • Mortal Kombat Red Tape
  • Damien's Mileena rant
  • James workshops the Shao Kahn/Jade "plan"
  • Megatron turns into Godzilla's son
  • Damien's Barney Fife voice
  • Why fighting games almost never translate to film, and why they are some of the best games
  • "Brief Ermac tangent"

References[edit | edit source]

Tiradesverse tropes[edit | edit source]

  • Protagonists? - Absolutely everyone on the hero side except Jax
  • Real protagonist - Jax
  • Ben Kingsley Paycheck - James Remar
  • Eric Roberts Paycheck - Brian Thompson, Talisa Soto, Musetta Vander, Litefoot...ah, hell, the entire rest of the cast
  • Box of kittens - Shao Kahn
  • Clusterfuck Syndrome - This was the movie from which this trope was coined, after all
  • Edited at gunpoint
  • Plot convenience
    • The ridiculous gyro ball tunnel system under the earth
    • Scorpion reappears (despite being killed in the first movie), kidnaps Kitana and is never seen again
    • Sub-Zero's little brother appears out of nowhere to save Liu Kang and Kitana
    • Jax can just rip his cybernetics off with no repercussions
    • The Elder Gods arbitrarily appear in the nick of time to stop Shinnok from killing Liu Kang
  • Casio Keyboard
  • Foot sweeps
  • Finer Cronies and Goons, Inc. - All of Shao Kahn's generals, as well as his legion of fiery flip ninjas
  • Evil group laughter
  • Seinfeld Plot Hole
    • Shao Kahn could have killed Kitana at any point and won.
    • Also, Jade could have killed Liu Kang at any point and the bad guys would have won.
  • Needlessly cryptic -
    • Raiden, for no reason, withholding the fact that he is Shao Kahn's brother until revealing it with like 20 minutes left in the movie
    • Nightwolf's entire spiel to Liu Kang, and then disappearing without finishing Kang's tests
    • Sub-Zero disappearing, never to be seen again, after telling Liu Kang he isn't ready for what lies ahead
  • Killing Your Own Guys - Kahn, on a ridiculous level
  • Who lit all these fucking candles? - The Temple of the Elder Gods

Ending song[edit | edit source]


God of Thunder - Kiss

Before and After[edit | edit source]

Previous episode: Episode 35 - Yor, the Hunter from the Future

Next episode: Episode 37 - Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

External Links[edit | edit source]

The Written Review.

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