Just to be clear, I’m not going to waste your time by trying to convince you that Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat is a great movie. It really isn’t. The acting is awkward at best, the writing is downright awful and to say that there are holes in the plot would erroneously suggest there’s a semi-coherent plot in the first place. With that said, however, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable cheese-fest and well worth a gander.
From the filmmaking duo of Steve Miner and David E. Kelley comes this under-appreciated horror comedy. On paper it’s an interesting team; Steve Miner cut his directorial teeth on cult horrors such as Friday the 13th parts 2 and 3, and writer David E. Kelley wrote the hit television series Ally McBeal. With that in mind, we can already ascertain what we’re in for before the opening scene; desert-dry humour combined with the odd bowel-emptying jump scare.
There’s something oddly enjoyable about I-Spy that’s hard to put a finger on. The plot is almost nonsensical and pretty much everything about it screams “bland”, but it’s a film that never fails to elicit a smile, even after multiple viewings.
“A film by Albert Pyun” is not an opening credit that fills us with confidence. In fact, it usually precedes ninety minutes of unwatchable pap. Pyun has faced much criticism throughout his career. However, what he lacks in storytelling he makes up for with his flair for imaginative action. Nemesis unashamedly clings to Pyun’s best attribute and is all the better for it.