A Fun Film that is great but not flawless, the premiere review for Mortal Kombat.
A Warning to readers who haven’t seen the movie, this review will contain massive spoilers, you have been warned.
Alright, so recently the reboot of Mortal Kombat has made its debut in Theaters and HBO Max. I’m just going to say this and this response will possibly invoke rage, the newest take on this Video Game Franchise isn’t great. While it may not be perfect but it will most likely get the No. 1 spot at the box office for opening weekend, but other than that, it is possible it might get a spot at the Razzies. But it was a movie that was worth seeing for nostalgia and Video Game fans.
I will not spend the entire review pointing out the flaws of this film like I did at one point with the review of Ari Aster’s Midsommar in 2019. It was one of the worst movies I have ever seen, so bad that I deleted the review altogether.
The story begins with the most iconic rivalry in video games, Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) and Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada). Bi-Han was sent to wipe out Hanzo’s family and clan, the Shirai Ryu in the 17th Century, during the Edo Period. the Lin Kuei successfully wiped out Hanzo’s clan and assumed that the Family was murdered during which Bi-Han killed the Grandmaster. In the past thanks to the vast Mortal Kombat Lore, we only knew that Scorpion only fought for his clan and family, this also offered the viewer an opportunity to the possibility that the Shirai Ryu bloodline might have survived a Lin Kuei Onslaught, thanks to Raiden finding Hanzo’s daughter.
Later, after a time skip, we learn that Earthrealm is in a fight for survival in a martial arts tournament called “Mortal Kombat”, Outworld has defeated Earthrealm 9 out of 10 times, if Earth lost the final tournament, that would mean Outworld would overtake Earth. We meet the newest character in the film and franchise, Cole Young (Lewis Tan), a former MMA Champion fighting for money to make ends meet, some have felt that this character was useless but, he reminded me of Mortal Kombat X’s Takeda Takahashi. Cole and his family would be targeted in an attempted assassination before Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs saved them and directed the family to safety, Jax and Sonya believe that Cole was destined for something big.
Making his Directorial debut was Simon McQuoid, a man who was dedicated to keeping Mortal Kombat the way it intended to be, and that was a massively Gorey, Gruesome, and Disgusting Martial Arts Movie and that is how I remember not only growing up with the game but also the 90s movie. The major complaint I had about the movie was the portrayal of several of the female characters. Let’s begin with Mileena, who was portrayed more to be a henchman than the Champion she was supposed to be. This was a far cry of the sinister assassin her game counterpart was, given her history of being a clone made by Shang Tsung, I hope that we’ll get to see Mileena get some kind of redemption further down the line, given how much fans have protested for her return in Mortal Kombat 11. Nitara made her second appearance in a movie, the last brief appearance was the Animated Movie, Scorpion’s Revenge, but she ended up this time being beaten easily and to be used as a fatality demonstration. I almost had my doubts about Sonya at the later part of the film, but thankfully she got her redemption in the battle against the loudmouth warrior, Kano.
I was impressed by the acting in this one, it was clear that each actor, actress did their homework on their characters and it was a good script by screenwriters Greg Russo, Dave Callaham, and Oren Uziel. Ng Chin Han’s portrayal of Shang Tsung was great, he got how deceptive and mischievous the sorcerer could be in just a few lines and that is hard to do when dealing with a big part. The clear favorite from what I’ve noticed was Joshua Lawson’s take on Kano. With everything dire and fast-paced as it was, it was Kano’s “charming” personality that catches that certain nostalgic tone that the 90s Movie had. This film helped bring Mortal Kombat back into the eye of fans (both Video Game and Film) and moviegoers, bringing heroes such as Liu-Kang, Sonya, Jax, Kung Lao, and of course, Raiden to the screen was great, but bringing villains like Kabal and Goro was just enough to win this fan over because you couldn’t have a proper Mortal Kombat movie without the Shokan that we loved to hate.
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