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MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.


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Greg Russo (screenplay by), Dave Callaham (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Tan ... Cole Young
Jessica McNamee ... Sonya Blade
Josh Lawson ... Kano
Joe Taslim ... Bi-Han / Sub-Zero
Mehcad Brooks ... Jax
Matilda Kimber ... Emily
Laura Brent ... Allison
Tadanobu Asano ... Lord Raiden
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion
Chin Han ... Shang Tsung
Ludi Lin ... Liu Kang
Max Huang ... Kung Lao
Sisi Stringer ... Mileena
Mel Jarnson ... Nitara
Nathan Jones ... Reiko

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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 Warner Bros.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references | See all certifications »

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Filming began September 2019 in Australia. See more »


At final fight with Scorpion and Cole, Sub Zero open his mask, there is blood at his nose to mouth. But, in the next scene, the blood at his nose suddenly disappear. See more »


[first lines]
Harumi Hasashi: I'm going to need more than two buckets.
Satoshi 'Jubei' Hasashi: [hears baby cry] Can I check on my sister?
Hanzo Hasashi: Go. See your sister.
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits take part in a red and black montage of scenes from the film.

At the end, the film title appears in blood, which drips down. See more »


Spun-off from Mortal Kombat (1992) See more »


Techno Syndrome 2021
Written by Olivier Jean-Jacques Adams
Produced by Benjamin Wallfisch
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Such a missed opportunity
23 April 2021 | by FinalSmash1689See all my reviews


  • The Opening Sequence is AMAZING!!!

  • The Fight Choreography is great.

  • Hiroyuki Sanada is the BEST Actor in this movie.

  • Sub-Zero actually feels very threatening.


  • WTF is the point of Cole Young? All these amazing original MK characters and the studio says make a new character as the lead. TERRIBLE Decision!!!

  • Lewis Tan is not a good actor especially considering he's the lead! In fact most of the actors either didn't fit their character or weren't trying hard enough.

  • The Dialogue is BAD. Especially when using the lines from the game. Felt so forced!

  • So many wasted characters: Reptile, Goro, Kabal, Kung Lao etc.

  • Liu Kang, Raiden and Jax were all underused.

  • The villains, aside from Sub-Zero, we're very flat and unthreatening.

  • The script is WEAK. They should've scrapped it and started fresh.

I was cautiously looking forward to this. I really loved the games as a kid and the trailer looked great! Sadly, the trailer is the best thing about this film. Every decision feels like a misstep. I don't know who decided to not have the MK Tournament but that was such a mistake. The film has no urgency without it and honestly just felt like they were stalling for time the entire film just to set up a sequel. It's like they were checking boxes with each scene with nothing authentic holding it together. You really don't feel anything for the characters outside of Sub-Zero and Scorpion, and Scorpion is only in two scenes. This whole film feels like a missed opportunity. The animated film Scorpion's Revenge is still the best MK adaptation to date. If you enjoyed this film, I'm happy for you but I struggled to keep watching it. 5/10.

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Release Date:

23 April 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mortal Kombat 3 See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,302,503, 25 April 2021

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| IMAX 6-Track | Auro 11.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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