PoP kept enough of the core elements that made the game fun (free-running, Sands, hot, yet loud-mouthed woman) with the "mandatory" hollywood formulaic predictable shit.
All in all, a good action/adventure movie and a decent fan service.
And I gotta agree with you about the first MK. To this day i look fondly towards that movie as one of the few game-to-movie conversions done well and fun.
It's nice that we've seemed to get past the Uwe Bowl era of VG to movies, and the plots in VG are getting some attetion, but some of the adaptations that I've heard are on the way (Mass Effect, Gears of War) IMO are destined for epic failure. How do you adapt a 40+ hour game, with so much backstory, into a decent 2h flick? I smell shit floating.
All work and no play makes me..., well, you know the rest.