The Mortal Kombat Reboot is a hell of a great adaptation of the famous video game franchise. The fans will be overjoyed. Everything that does Mortal Kombat Entertainment is spiced up with the Hard-R rating. The film is full of brutal fight scenes. The martial arts choreography, superb visual effects, and insane deaths are a huge improvement over the previous iterations. The biggest surprise is the chemistry of the ensemble cast. They are better defined characters with nasty, funny interactions.
The general premise remains the same. The deadly mercenaries of Outworld, led by the evil wizard Shang Tsung (Chin Han), have defeated Earthrealm in nine consecutive games Mortal Kombat Tournaments. A tenth victory would seal the fate of the earth. Even Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano), god of thunder and protector of the earth, would not be able to stop Shang Tsung’s forces. But an ancient prophecy foretells a bloodline destined to unite the greatest fighters on earth and conquer the outside world. Shang Tsung decides to send his deadliest warrior to eliminate this threat.
Lewis Tan plays Cole Young, an MMA fighter who throws matches to care for his wife (Laura Brent) and daughter (Matilda Kimber). Young is approached by a former special forces soldier, Jax (Mehcad Brooks), after a cage fight. He is very interested in a unique birthmark on Young’s chest. Your introduction is interrupted by a terrible assailant with supernatural abilities. The assassin Bin-Han from Lin Kuei, also known as Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), has quit the job he started centuries earlier in Japan.
The filmmakers cleverly thread the needle between established tradition and a new perspective. You’re redesigning the genesis story to reflect the different characters who come together for the cause. The champions of the earth must find their inner powers before they can unite for the common good. The tournament itself is just around the corner, but why wait for the official fight? Shang Tsung and his henchmen follow a different strategy in order to destroy their opponents at an emerging point.
Two characters steal the show. I expected Sub-Zero to be a bad ass, but he’s on a whole different level of ass kicking. Its freezing powers and how they are used are spectacular to see. He’s the best fighter and utterly ruthless in every way. Kano, played fiendishly by Australian actor Josh Lawson, has the funniest dialogue in the film. He’s a raunchy, sexist, and arrogant idiot who throws F-bombs like verbal grenades. Kano’s profanity and ridicule of his teammates are absolutely hysterical.
Mortal Kombat is red meat for a devoted fan base. The film hits its target audience with a dash of carnage. The characters and the plot are hardly exposed. It certainly has value as an action film, but the plot would be lost to newbies. Kids are big fans of the games, but the content here is for adults only. The violence, blood and swearing are reaching the limits of the R rating. Mortal Kombat is produced by New Line Cinema and Atomic Monster Productions. Warner Bros. will release the film on April 23rd in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming platform simultaneously.
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