When I was a teenager, I found this movie "bearable." I wanted to see Robin Shou (looking even better than he did in the first one, if you can believe that) and that was all there was too it. And for some demented reason, I had a brief bout of madness masquerading as a crush on James Remar when he shaved his locks and donned less Jesus-y gear. Watching it now (literally right now)...*cringes* Let's just say his best line was, "Was I dead?"
As usual, Robin Shou looked phenomenal. And his acting was excellent. I loved hearing his lines because he was the only one who took the tragic excuse for dialogue made it worthwhile-ish. And the whole "Liu is our only hope" theme appeared to have a double meaning; Robin was the film's main hope.
I mean, fuck...Jax was the abysmal black caricature of all trash-talk and no substance. Bridgette Wilson got replaced by...anyways, moving on. The new Johnny Cage who got smacked down in a second had me actually missing Linden Ashby. And while I love Musetta Vander and was actually nicknamed "Sindel" in junior high school, um...WTF was that? Marjean Holden (Sheeva) had a right to be pissed, by the way. She got taken out even faster than Johnny Cage and that was just embarrassing.
|Winner of "Sexiest Finish"|
in the Girls Gone Wired
See...this really rubbed me the wrong way. We've got Asian, Latina, and white girls running amok in the MK films, but even when a character is specifically designed and written as a black female, she gets the shaft. Furthermore, Jade wasn't evil - it was that other black chick (see a picture of Tanya here). So WTF?
We need to just go ahead and cut the denial out; gamers don't have beef with black female characters in games - they're nerds, remember? They don't have "preferences" - as long as the plotlines and graphics are state-of-the-art, everything's gravy to them.
See what I mean? And let's not forget this:
"Much like Sonya, Chun Li, and perhaps even Ms. Pacman, Jade has become a renown female character from video gaming. Her beauty accounts for this."
~ from Jade Gone Wired, Mortal Kombat Wiki