Rating: R (Some Crude References|Language Throughout|Strong Bloody Violence)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
- Director: Simon McQuoid
- Producer: James Wan, Todd Garner
- Writer: Greg Russo, Dave Callaham
- Release Date (Theaters): Apr 23, 2021 Wide
- Release Date (Streaming): Apr 23, 2021
- Box Office (Gross USA): $22.0M
- Runtime: 1h 50m
- Production Co: Broken Road Productions, New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster, NetherRealm Studios, Warner Bros.
- Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)
In “Mortal Kombat,” MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage–or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark.
Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana–the immense power from within his soul–in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?
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Finally Mortal Kombat has arrived (Saying this in my Vince McMahon voice)
This film has been in development for a long time now. We had the original Mortal Kombat that came out in 1995 and then we had Mortal Kombat Annilation.
Which was an atrocity to film period but I loved it. I found it hilarious. We get a new adaptation that’s much more bloody and gore from the original films. The film follows the story follows a MMA fighter by the name of Cole Young who seeks out earth’s greatest champion in order to stand against the enemies of outworld in high stakes battle for the universe.
When it comes to the games, I loved it. I had Mortal Kombat two for super nintendo (and I still have the game and yes, it still works). When it comes to the story aspect of Mortal Kombat it was something that it really didn’t intrigure me. I was more interested in the fight scene. Mortal Kombat is notoriously known for their fatalities.
The first 10 minutes of the film I thought holy f**k. I love Hiroyuki Sanada. I think he’s an amazing actor and having him on the film showed production cared about the authencity of the film. The story of the film wasn’t bad. In fact, the character Cole wasn’t part of the Mortal Kombat franchise and I do feel they could have chose another character but the story was decent. Overall, I found the film to be entertaining. Josh Lawson who played Kano is a scene stealer. He did such an amazing job. I liked Sub Zero in this film. Sub Zero came and f***ed s*** up. The film was entertaining and gave what fans wanted.
The only thing I can see being a problem is the fighting scenes. However, It seems the fight scenes were more for a rated PG13 rather than an R rated film. Granted one being sliced in half by a hat is awesome but I didn’t feel the fatalities were R rated. Another would be the jump cuts in the fight scenes. Most films use that editing technique and I wish they didn’t for Mortal Kombat.
Overall, I am definitely pleased with the film. An absolute upgrade from the original films and it has been with the success of the release, production will be moving forward with a second installment.
What are your thoughts of Mortal Kombat?