Movie review: G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra

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Fans of the cartoon should park anything that they love about the series from the 80s, and basically everything that they know about the characters, at the door if they decide to see this movie. And fill up on lots and lots of popcorn. Some cheese nachos might not be a bad idea, either. For everyone in general, just park your brain at home because you won’t need it here.
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Another MK movie? Get over here!!!!!

San Gabriel Valley Tribune writer Maritza Velazquez set some geek boards ablaze with her profile of Chris Casamassa, the lead man of Red Dragon Karate, which has studios spread out over SoCal. He was the man who played Scorpion (he of the spear attack) in the first Mortal Kombat movie, and Maritza’s piece contains this gem:

According to Casamassa, he’s set to start filming the third Mortal Kombat film in September.

Now, the third MK movie is supposed to be a rebooted film version of the franchise, what with Warner Bros. purchasing Midway Games and its assets, which include the Mortal Kombat universe.

Slamming video-game movies seems to be the vogue thing to do, but I actually enjoyed the first one, in all of its cheesy glory. It had characters loyal to the franchise (although Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa laid on a little too much sneering evil as Shang Tsung) and some decent martial arts work on the part of Robin Shou (Liu Kang). As for the second one … not so much. Here’s one reason why.

I’m curious to see what kind of “reboot” awaits this newest incarnation. The IMDB page doesn’t tell me much, except that Christopher Lambert still gets to play a Chinese god. Sure. Why not?