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REVIEW: Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat Review

You know when you watch a movie, and you’re completely entertained during it, but afterwards, all you remember is the action portions and none of the plot? That’s me right now, after watching this movie just a little less than three hours ago.

I’ll get this out of the way, the plot was obviously forgettable. Now, if this was a dramatic film, this would be a huge issue, but, this is a movie based on the first insanely violent video game ever produced. I was there for the fighting, and not the plot. The main focus was Cole, and sorry, but he was kind of a yawn until he got his stuff together.

Mortal Kombat Review

Now, let’s get into why I saw this movie. The action, the fighting, the gore. This earned its R-rating. The fighting choreography was great, and I loved that they used some of the same moves from the video games. Also – the fact that some of the characters quipped with the closing fight messages was hilarious. The best-placed one was ‘Flawless Victory’, after a kill.

Mortal Kombat Review

Sub-Zero has always been one of my favourite characters, so I was glad he got the most screen time, out of the villain squad. I have to say, as the movie was nearing the end, I was wondering when Scorpion would make his grand entrance. Finally, the pay dirt came at the very end, and yes, the ‘Get Over Here’ line did make an appearance.

They obviously left it open-ended for a sequel, which has been green-lit already. You can bet I’ll be there on opening day for some big, dumb, gory fun.

Mortal Kombat (2021) Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 110min | 6 May 2021 (UK) 6.2
Director: Simon McQuoidWriter: Greg Russo, Dave CallahamStars: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh LawsonSummary: 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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Erika Johnson
I'm a Data Analyst, from the land of Matthew McConaughey. I'm an avid movie-goer and love seeing films in theaters. My most recent favorite films are Good Time, Only Lovers Left Alive, TENET, and England is Mine. When I'm not at the movies, I'm either reading or watching obscene amount of true crime and historical documentaries.