The champions of Outworld and Earthrealm fight to the death in a brutal tournament that determines the fate of Earth. Meanwhile in the past, a samurai's village is raided and his wife and child are brutally murdered before he himself is. This samurai is a man who will go on to become Scorpion after making a deal with Quan Chi - one of the emperors of Outworld. Quan Chi grants Scorpion the ability to participate in this approaching tournament for a chance of revenge since his murderer (Sub-Zero) will also be participating.
To be brutally honest this film is basically the exact same set up as the live action film from the 90s but with a few different characters, the fights are really only like 5 minutes - but they're hold-your-breath-type of 5 minutes, and we are allowed the chance to see all the gory action we were deprived off in exchange for a more family friendly PG-13 rating before this. This one doesn't hold back on the fun you've been hoping to see, instead playing out like a very extensive cut scene from one of the games itself.
This was a movie that I didn't realize I needed. It fills in the gap that the original live action movies had strived for but ultimately fell short on. They're a lot of fun - don't get me wrong - but they're rated PG-13 and are notorious for their level of campiness. This one is absolutely brutal with a lot of gore, fatalities, and the x-ray breakdowns that the games have become famous for. You can feel the connection of every hit and you watch in vivid detail as a knife penetrates somebody's mouth and shatters their jaw. It's one hell of a fun time.
It's an animated film but it doesn't have that cartoony look to it, instead displaying adult restraint with the graphic nature of something like 'Attack on Titan' or 'Paranoia Agent'. It's more beautiful than you would imagine and the style works wonderfully to mix the gore and violence with a medium that's not entirely revolting.
With the news of a new live action film (being produced by James Wan) coming to HBO Max in April and a trailer dropping tomorrow(!) I figured this was an opportune time to show off this fun piece of work.
I was expecting more video-game styled animation and was wonderfully given something more mature and personal - something that compliments the very intense nature of the story itself. It's a tale of love, betrayal, and revenge with lots of blood, severed limbs, and adult themes.
"Mortal Kombat: Scorpion's Revenge" is now available on YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Vudu.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra