39. "The Cage move has really sat with me something ugly" In response to In response to 35
As somebody who HAS played the games, the way they used him in MK9 was pretty much perfect for what they felt they "needed" this Cole character to do: bring the audience into the world of the movie. Cage has always been kind of a lame fighter IMO, but in the lore he's one of the fuller non-Outworld characters there is. Take this exchange from early in the game:
Raiden : You fought well. Johnny Cage : Thanks. Nice hat. Liu Kang : You should be more respectful of Lord Raiden. He's the protector of Earthrealm. The God of Thunder, the... Johnny Cage : Look. I don't know what kind of role playing you guys are into, but count me out. Liu Kang : This tournament is more than a chance for personal glory. We are fighting for the very surivial of Earthrealm. Johnny Cage : What are you talking about? Raiden : Your last opponent was Tarkatan. He was born with those blades. Johnny Cage : Yeah. Those things are real. Raiden : He represents Outworld. Had you lost, the Emperor Shao Kahn would come 1 step closer to physically absorbing *our* world into his. Johnny Cage : Outworld, yeah. Right, right. Raiden : The Elder Gods created the Mortal Kombat tournament to give Earthrealm a chance to defend itself. But if we lose this time, Shao Kahn will conquer all. Johnny Cage : Dun, dun, duuuuunnnn. Look, guys. I'm an actor. I save the world for the cameras. If this emperor is *really* a threat? Call the military. Me? I've got a date with a blonde. Ciao.
Liu Kang : What do you see in him? Raiden : He is a hero, Liu Kang. Though he may not yet know it.
I swear, the guy that wrote this movie is an idiot.