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I may have made this post a little bit too soon. I hate to blow it for anyone that likes this stupid series as much as I do, but I really wish the entire film were like the first scene. Genuinely, the first scene is like a different film, almost classy. I strongly suspect that's where most of the thought went -- kind of wish I'd just stopped watching there.
I don't know how they managed this, but I honestly prefer the structure of the 1995 film. The 1995 one had loads of locations, interesting set pieces, setups and payoffs. Fights occurred as the protagonists explored the other world. In this one, many characters are sort of introduced out of nowhere, and are often killed just as quickly as they arrive. Raiden has deus ex machina powers, which is fine, but then uses a contradictory set of rules about when he uses them, which reeks of lazy writing.
Finally, a few obvious points: Cole is a bland audience insert character, the "superpowers" didn't need to be explained (it's a fantasy martial arts film, it's okay to let some things be a mystery), the cheesy 90s quippy lines are mostly just replaced with equally embarrassing swearing/mumbly quippy lines, and the 1995 animatronic Goro looked cooler.
A few positives, the casting in the 2021 film is far, far better for the most part. Everyone looks the part, I just wish they'd spent another year working on the script so that it didn't end with Raiden sending everyone to different locations to have simultaneous fights. The gore is fine as well, if you're into that kind of thing.
To close out this sweaty nerd post, here's the best fight from the 1995 film, set to bouncing techno as it should be: