Mortal Kombat (2021)

Director: Simon McQuoid
Writer/s: Greg Russo, Dave Callaham, Oren Uziel, Ed Boon, John Tobias
Starring: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Joe Taslim, Mehcad Brooks, and more.

The Intro:
WOOOOOO! I have been excited for this one! I have loved “Mortal Kombat” since I was a kid. I even love the 1995 film for what it was worth! Now we have a new adaptation with improved effects and plenty of new content to build a film after. So here goes nothing!

IMDB Summary:
“MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth’s greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battles for the universe.”

The Oberrating:
So historically, video game adaptations are absolute trash. For some strange reason, Hollywood never recruits the proper people to adapt these works properly. Like, you know, the people who created the damn games? Anyway… When it comes to “Mortal Kombat,” I got to say, they did a pretty damn good job. They capture the vibes of “Mortal Kombat” properly in regards to the dope action, the bloody and gory violence and they captured the personalities of its most famous characters well. For me and this kind of film, all I want is to be entertained and that is exactly what I got. This was a great popcorn flick to kill time and have some gory fun.

The characters here, like I previously said, are transferred well to the movie screen in regards to their personalities. However, some are performed well and some are kind of a joke.
To begin, I want to look at the main character. Cole Young, in my opinion, is pretty pointless. Nothing really sticks out as memorable, and that is kind of shocking to me. Most everyone is here for the classic MK characters and yet the star is a new guy to the franchise. Maybe he will become a playable character to the video game, and clearly they are going to move forward with this new guy if the movie gets sequels, but for real, this guy is dull.
Also being a tad over-the-top is Sonya Blade. I do not know but she just did not work for me. She was made out to be very serious in most cases, but I could not help but to laugh at most of her dialogue when those serious moments happened.
Now for the show-stealer, Kano, played by Josh Lawson. This man carried the film. Transferred perfectly from the video game, the mercenary was absolutely hilarious and a ruthless, arrogant asshole. If you watch this, get ready for the Kano show!
Beyond these guys, the rest of the crew are done well. Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Raiden, Shang Tsung, and seriously everyone else. The MK characters are done well and I loved seeing these guys in their modern style and in film.

The Wrap-Up:
As expected, the video game adaptation is not flawless. The dialogue is comically bad at times. Some performances are way over-the-top besides anything that was meant to be paying respects to the video game. But beyond all of that, this is mindless violent fun that fans of “Mortal Kombat” will want to see and love. I personally loved it and I hope I get more films out of this. Definitely worth the watch for some violent entertainment!

Rating: 3/5


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