It is safe to say that Mortal Kombat has returned to theaters after more than a 20 year hiatus with a bloody vengeance. We got an adaptation that was more faithful to the video games, and left us hungry for more.
The storyline here follows a young fighter named Cole who discovers he had been chosen as one of Earthrealm's champion to participate in the Mortal Kombat tournament. So maybe it was a wise choice that we are following this unknown character as he introduces us into the conflict at hand here. It's a possibility he may eventually be introduced into the game lore, especially with his lineage.
Speaking of lineage, the movie takes the queue of the recent video game sequels which concentrate on the rivalry between Scorpion and Subzero. We seen the animated adaptation of this storyline played out in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, and it was just as satisfying to see it play out in live action. This movie earns it's R rating with the amount of blood that is spilled, and with the occasional Fatalities we see executed. I will say the best character of the movie was Kano, who is played as the rough rogue type and supplies most of the humor throughout the movie.
Many of the complaints I have been hearing is the fact that people wanted more fights and the fact there was a lack of an actual tournament in this movie. I think the average viewer doesn't realize is that the pandemic really affected what the producers were able to do. We were even lucky this movie ended up released when it did. Plus this is the first of a planned trilogy of movies. I saw this film as more of a stage dressing where it introduces us to the characters and the universe. If you pay attention, it does throw us Easter Eggs to tease of what it to come. The previous Mortal Kombat movies tried to do too much too quickly, and that ended up being the downfall, especially when it came to Mortal Kombat Annihilation.
I really enjoyed this movie, it wasn't perfect, but I will say it is the best movie adaption we have seen yet. It definitely started everything on the right track, and hopefully nothing gets seriously derailed in the sequels to come. They kept everything as realistic and gritty which is what the games are known for, and as a tribute to what came before, they included an updated version of the infamous Mortal Kombat theme song by the Immortals.
Definitely recommend seeing it, especially if you are a fan of the video games, and horror fans will enjoy it as well. If you already seen Mortal Kombat, feel free to leave your thoughts below!
Till next time,stay safe and stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-