Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a 1997 American science fantasy martial arts action film directed by John R. Leonetti. A sequel to the 1995 film Mortal Kombat, based on the video game series Mortal Kombat by Midway Games. It stars Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, Brian Thompson, Sandra Hess, Irina Pantaeva, Marjean Holden, Musetta Vander and James Remar. The storyline was largely an adaptation of Mortal Kombat 3, following a band of warriors as they attempt to save Earth from the evil Shao Kahn. Although the story picks up where the last film left off, only two of the lead actors reprised their roles. Annihilation has been critically and near-universally panned by both fans and critics alike and is widely considered as one of the worst entries in the Mortal Kombat franchise.