People are looking forward to a new one Mortal Kombat Film because they seem to think that an adaptation of a video game that really has very little storyline as mystical beings violently killing each other is the basis of a great movie. In the end, it’s exactly what you should expect: pretty silly, pretty memorable, but action-packed and bloody in a way that should satiate fans.
I am not a stodger. I mostly appreciate some gore and ultraviolence, and I played my fair share of violent video games growing up. But for some reason I didn’t play Mortal Kombat much at all.
And that can be the make-or-break factor for those looking to consume the new Mortal Kombat Film, directed by Simon McQuoid. The film is entertaining enough as it introduces the various fighters (combatants?) From the game and puts together just enough stories to justify the violence. Kano, played by Josh Lawson, is a scream while Scorpion, played by Hiroyuki Sanada, is an asshole. Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) is as ruthless as they come.
These are the characters that I recognize. The rest are nameless and generic, and when they appeared on the screen, nothing more than a shrug, if that was the case. Fans of the game will likely have a different reaction, and it is this nostalgic factor that is sure to generate the greatest buzz for this subgroup.
For the rest of us Mortal Kombat is fine, but inconspicuous. There are several good fighting sequences, the intensity of which only increases as the film progresses, and McQuoid rarely holds back when it comes to blood, guts, spinal cord, and heart. When it comes to pointless entertainment, you could make it worse.
But let’s not kid ourselves. This is not a good movie. It’s just a movie that keeps its promise.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.