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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Exactly what fans of MK wanted for all these years
Video game movie curse is over! What's more, we can finally forget the nightmare of the old Mortal Kombat cringefest with horrendous graphics and awful acting. This film was made primarily for the OG fans of the games and they will not be disappointed. The characters, the dialogue and the inhuman level of violence is all done in the best standards of the genre with special effects leaving little to be desired. In case you are not familiar with the games, don't worry because the action will leave you satisfied.
Starting off with a tragic prologue about the franchise's most iconic characters Scorpion and Sub Zero, the movie shows that it's not here to mess around. I was worried that the story will be all over the place but they managed to give adequate time for everyone's development while keeping it engaging the entire time. Nothing too original as the main focus was to set up the characters and make sure the fans got a proper MK treatment. The spot-on casting nailed everyone's appearance and the personalities energized this dark themed film. The biggest surprise by far was the humor of this film as I certainly didn't expect Kano to be the wisecracking joker.
Half of the dialogue is composed of game quotes that are made more impactful by the constant presence of gimmicks that will make you laugh at one moment and fill you with adrenaline during the next. If you are wondering about fight and fatalities in particular; they are left, right, center and through the body. Some of the acting does feel cringy and the editing is occasionally choppy but otherwise nothing to pick on. Mortal Kombat is a promising start to what can become an entertaining franchise.
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