Mortal Kombat 2021 review

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Jordan Callison

Campus writer, Jordan, outside of a local movie theatre set to open.

As Americans are getting their vaccines, businesses are starting to open back up again; including movie theatres. With various cinema chains and multiplexes across the country preparing to reopen, Hollywood has a fresh batch of films ready for eager audiences.

Starting off the post-vaccine season is Mortal Kombat, Directed by Simon McQuoid and features a cast of mostly Asian actors including Lewis Tan, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Chin Han.

Mortal Kombat is a reboot of the film franchise based on the popular video game series, and for the most part, the film excels above its ‘95 and ‘97 counterparts. Much like similar films in the video game adaptation genre, Mortal Kombat is mindless entertainment for anyone wanting to shut their brain for a few hours.

Rated R, the film is bloody and violent, just like the games. The fight scenes in this film, fortunately, evade repeating the cheesy, yet nostalgic, fight choreography of the ’90s.

The film is heightened by the visual effects and the score, and whenever they are used to complete a scene it proves to add excitement. The mythology taken from the games has been written into the film in a way that is easy for any newcomer to understand.

With the serious and violent tone of the film, there is comic relief provided by the character Kano played brilliantly by Josh Lawson; giving the character likability with his scene-stealing lines and pop culture references; a refreshing take after the character’s brute force portrayal in the ‘95 film.

The film does fall flat, however, immediately when the character of Cole Young, played by Lewis, appears. Tan is not a good actor and stands out in the worst way. His character is the male equivalent of Rey from Star Wars, a Mary Sue. The character feels it was created due to studio interference, much like how the character of Alice was made for the Resident Evil films.

Regardless, Mortal Kombat has much to enjoy; including the performances from the majority of the cast. This is one movie that should get a sequel, as it feels more like a build-up than a stand-alone feature.

This film has already become a hit and has been the most successful title to launch from HBO Max.

If you are a fan of video game adaptations or the Mortal Kombat franchise, this may be one film that could be worth the price of admission.

Regal Cinemas is set to open on May 14th.