MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan), accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage-or why Outworld's Emperor Shang Tsung (Chin Han) has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family's safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) at the direction of Jax (Mehcad Brooks), 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 (Tadanobu Asano), 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 (Ludi Lin), Kung Lao (Max Huang) and rogue mercenary Kano (Josh Lawson), 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...Written by
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Written by Karen O (as Karen Orzolek), Brian Chase and Nick Zinner (as Nicholas Zinner)
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Expect The Unexpected
The main point I'd like to start with is that this is not the film about Mortal Kombat tournament, this is feels more like an origin story or rather a spin-off. Scripts deals greatly with training and team building and heritage, leaving nearly everything else behind. This certainly sets new MK apart from 1995 version let alone (epic) failed 1997 sequel. Sure, this is still Mortal Kombat, but different in some important ways.
Cole Young character seems totally unneccesry as an audience surrogate, Johhny Cage (whose absence is unforgivable) or Stryker easily can replace this one to introduce unfamiliar moviegoers to MK mythology and story arc. Character designs are good (great sometimes), but most locations looks unimaginative and pale to say the least. Dialogues are... alright, let's just skip this part.
But regarding the fights and its style, Mortal Kombat is an eye-candy.
Most battles ends with a gruesome fatalities, hearts are ripped off, hand and legs are thrown apart. The climatic clash between Sub-Zero and Scorpion is a truly remarkable piece of maritial arts cinema. The blood and guts, basiclaly, redeems all the flaws between action sequences. If you're an open-minded MK fanlike me - go see it and have fun.
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