The Kolumn: Issue #02

Posted by adamDMK on November 29th, 2002

Ahh, I remember the good old days of summer 1995. I was turning 20 in August and going into my third year of college. That October, Mortal Kombat 3 was going to be released on home consoles. I couldn’t wait to buy it for Super NES and of course my beloved Sega Genesis. But that’s not what was on my mind that whole summer. What was on my small mind was Mortal Kombat the movie.

When I first heard that they were making a movie based on the Mortal Kombat video games, I freaked out. My favorite video game was going to be a movie. I didn’t think they’d ever make a film out of MK. But they did and it went #1 at the box office opening week and pulled in a healthy $75 million nationwide. Not to mention that the MK movie went on to be the greatest film based on a video game ever made. I don’t think I could of asked for better. Mortal Kombat mania swept the nation.

I knew they’d have to make a sequel, so I waited around until I heard news of it. I heard the news from some magazine in early 1997. The sequel to MK was to be called Mortal Kombat Annihilation. So I waited around again for the sequel to be released. Finally in early November of 1997, after several months of delay, the film was released.

I can remember the day I went to see MKA like the back of my hand. I was 22 years old and out of college. I took my girlfriend (future wife) on opening night to see the film. She just didn’t understand Mortal Kombat and why I went so crazy about it. So we went to this fancy theater in downtown Chicago to catch a late show. I was so pumped up, I was about to pee my pants. Then the movie started, and that’s all I have to say about that.

Mortal Kombat Annihilation wasn’t a terrible movie, but it was pretty awful. Bad acting, bad costumes, just terrible editing, directing could have been a lot better, the screenplay and plot outline could have been more thorough, and I could keep on going on. But I choose not to, because no matter how bad MKA was, I’ll admit I watch it every once in a while because it’s Mortal Kombat! As a matter of fact I watched it the other night it was on TNT.

Well it’s been about five and a half years now and the only thing we’ve heard about the third film, is that there is going to be a third film. There’s been many rumors and assumptions made about MK3. Well I really believe that Threshold could revive the series just like Midway did with MKDA. With the fresh storyline from MKDA, the producers over at Threshold could really make a great storyline for MK3. You only have to assume that Threshold will use key storyline elements from both MK4 and MKDA, just like they did for MKA, which used MK2 & MK3 key elements.

A few tips for Threshold when making MK3. First and foremost, it is a must if you want MK3 to be successful… make sure Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Reptile have key roles. And make sure that all 3 of them are unique… you know what I mean, different costumes, fighting styles, etc. Next, I like that MKA had a lot of characters, but too many of them were killed off in the blink of an eye. Take time with MK3; don’t kill off the bad guys right away. The bad guys make MK what it is. Next do not have Stryker or Kabal in MK3. I heard recently that they thought of having both in the next film. Don’t even think about it! Both characters are lame, especially Stryker. Next, do not have Shinnok as the main bad guy; he’s also a lame. I would love to see Quan Chi and Shang Tsung as the main bad asses around. I could see it now, Cary Tagawa returning as Shang. I would absolutely love that. Next, make the movie as long as it takes to tell the story. I don’t care if it’s two or three hours, I’ll still sit there to watch MK. I didn’t even want the first film to end when I went to go see it. Next, if Shang Tsung were to return, it would be so awesome to see him get his vengeance on Liu Kang and viciously slay him. I would like to see some blood too in this MK, I mean after all the blood is what made MK infamous. Those are just a few of my opinions.

No matter what, I still want to see a MK3 movie made. I’ll go see it opening night of course and maybe by now my wife will understand what MK means to me 🙂 … I wish Threshold good luck on making MK3, and don’t let the fans down guys. If you have any opinions or comments about the MK3 movie, feel free to drop me a line at adam@mortalkombatnexus.com. Alrighty then, until later boys and girls. Peace!