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Mortal Kombat Movie Adaptations

Midway Games originally developed Mortal Kombat in 1992 to change the fighting game genre forever. Quite literally, controversies around the game’s graphic violence (especially Fatalities) led to the creation of the “Entertainment Software Rating Board” rating system.

 

Early Mortal Kombat games innovated due to the use of realistic digitized sprites, color palette swapping to create new characters, and the introduction of unlockable secret fighters. 

 

  • Mortal Kombat (1992)
 
  • Mortal Kombat II (1993)
 
  • Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)
 
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)
 
  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996)
 
  • Mortal Kombat 4 (1997)
 
  • Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997)
 
  • Mortal Kombat Gold (1999)
 
  • Mortal Kombat: Special Forces (2000)
 
  • Mortal Kombat Advance (2001)
 
  • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002)
 
  • Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition (2003)
 
  • Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004)
 
  • Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (2005)
 
  • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006)
 
  • Mortal Kombat: Unchained (2006)
 
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat (2007)
 
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008)
 
  • Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)
 
  • Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (2011)
 
  • Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition (2012)
 
  • Mortal Kombat X (2015)
 
  • Mortal Kombat Mobile (2015)
 
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (2019)
 

That pushed it to become one of the most successful and highest-grossing fighting media franchises of all time. That spawned many sequels, spin-offs, card games, comic books, animated tv shows, and film adaptations. 

 

 

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Many don’t know that Ed Boon and John Tobias made the first game with the inspiration of creating one starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. This idea distorted along the creative process, but they still paid homage to the Johnny Cage character. 

 

We could argue he’s a movie star both in the game series and the media adaptations.

 

Everything About Mortal Kombat (1995) Movie Adaptation

Mortal Kombal 1995 movie poster
Source: Threshold Entertainment and New Line Cinema

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

 

It premiered in the United States on August 18, 1995, and it has received extremely mixed reviews since then. At first, the script and performances were criticized, receiving an average rating of 4.8/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and 60 out 100 on Metacritic.

 

but after critical re-evaluation from recent years, Mortal Kombat is now considered one of the best video game adaptations and a cult classic for how it respects the source material.

 

It’s also considered a commercial success, grossing $122 million out of $18 million of a production budget.

 

Mortal Kombat (1995) Trailer

 

Cast & Characters

 

  • Robin Shou (Liu Kang)
 
  • Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage)
 
  • Bridgette Wilson (Sonya Blade)
 
  • Christopher Lambert (Raiden)
 
  • Talisa Soto (Princess Kitana)
 
  • Trevor Goddard (Kano)
 
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Shang Tsung)
 
  • François Petit (Sub-Zero)
 
  • Keith Cooke (Reptile)
 
  • Chris Casamassa, voiced by Ed Boon (Scorpion)
 
  • Gregory McKinney (Jackson “Jax” Briggs)
 
  • Kevin Michael Richardson with vocal effects by Frank Welker (Prince Goro)
 
  • Frank Welker (Shao Khan “The Emperor”)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis 

 

Mortal Kombat martial arts tournament has been held once every generation by the Earth and Outworld representatives. 

Kombatants from the realm of Outworld have won nine times and if they achieve a tenth victory, their Emperor gets the chance to invade and conquer the Earthrealm.

 

 

Review & Opinions

Teenage gamers from the 90s got everything they wanted to see: game-based special abilities, acrobatic kung-fu fighting, and babes. Because of the PG-13 rating, the film doesn’t contain as much brutal violence as the game franchise.

 

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly “Empty-headed extended advertisement for the joy of joypads (filmed in cheesily ornate cinema de Hong Kong style)” and too noted how it “is notably free of blood and gore.”

 

Stephen Holden of The New York Times“Mortal Kombat might be described as mythological junk food. Although there is talk of the three kombatants’ having to face their deepest fears to prevail, the action is so frenetic and the dialogue so minimal that the allegory is weightless.”

 

 

Everything About Defenders of the Realm (1995 – 1996) 

Mortal Kombat Defenders of the Realm
Source: Film Roman and Threshold Entertainment

 

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

 

The 13 episodes of season one aired from September to December of 1996 on the “USA Cartoon Express” animation block of the network. It was rapidly canceled after receiving a negative response from critics and viewers.

Defenders of the Realm (1995 – 1996) Commercial

 

Voice Cast & Characters

 

  • Clancy Brown (Raiden and Ermac)
 
  • Olivia d’Abo (Sonya Blade)
 
  • Dorian Harewood (Jax)
 
  • Luke Perry (Sub-Zero)
 
  • Cree Summer (Princess Kitana)
 
  • Ron Perlman (Kurtis Stryker)
 
  • Tod Thawley (Nightwolf)
 
  • Brian Tochi (Liu Kang)

 

 

Plot/Synopsis

 

The show mixes the characters and back-stories from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and the first Mortal Kombat film, with some minor differences. 

This time, we follow the group of warriors (Liu Kang, Stryker, Sonya Blade, Jax, Kitana, and Sub-Zero) that Rayden assembled to defend Earthrealm from interdimensional invaders.

Three other important characters were mildly involved in the animated series. Nightwolf, providing tech support from his hidden base; Shao Khan, who’s responsible for the invasion, and Quan Chi, who’s introduced for the first time, before in MK 4 and Deadly Alliance

 

 

Review & Opinions

 

Defenders of the Realm is the result of a kids-only Mortal Kombat creation. Not only evades most violence that made the franchise popular, but also introduces uncomfortable, morally acceptable rules such as “not allowed to kill each other in the tournament anymore.”

For that reason, 1UP.com featured the series in their “Top Ten Times Mortal Kombat Went Wrong” article and “Not-So-Classic Video Game Cartoons” top five list. 

 

 

Everything About MK: The Live Tour (1996) 

Mortal Kombat Fates Beginning
Source: Laser Fantasy International

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

 

In the mid-90s, two separate touring companies ran a martial art theatrical stage show featuring everything-Mortal Kombat simultaneously. 

 

The show debuted at Radio City Music Hall (New York City) on September 14, 1995, and featured characters, sound/tracks from the games, lip-synching, laser light effects, and live audience interaction.

The Live Tour (1996) Trailer

 

Cast & Characters

 

  • Drew MacIver (Director, Writer)  
 
  • Lawrence Kasanoff (Producer)

    Fight Coordinators —

     

  • Pat E. Johnson
 
  • Garth Johnson
 
  • Barbara Bernhardt
 
  • Tracy Fleming
 
  • Drew MacIver 
 
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
 
  • Ryan Watson (Baraka #1)
 
  • Allen Sandoval (Baraka #2)
 
  • Hakim Alston (Jax #1)
 
  • Shah Alston (Jax #2)
 
  • Tyrone C. Wiggins (Jax #3)
 
  • Jeffrey D. Harris (Johnny Cage #1)
 
  • Brad Halstead (Johnny Cage #2)
 
  • Ted Nordblum (Johnny Cage #3)
 
  • Jeff Durbin (Johnny Cage #4)
 
  • Garry Waugh (Johnny Cage #5)
 
  • Tracy Fleming (Kabal)
 
  • Joseph “Eddie” Acavedo (Kano #1)
 
  • Mark Chemeleski (Kano #2)
 
  • Jeffery D. Harris (Nightwolf #1)
 
  • Ted Nordblum (Nightwolf #2)
 
  • Percy Brown (King Baraka)
 
  • Jennifer DeCosta (Kitana #1)
 
  •  Lexi Alexander/Mirai (Kitana #2)
 
  • Carmichael Simon (Liu Kang #1)
 
  • Jon Valera (Liu Kang #2)
 
  • Allen Sandoval (Liu Kang #3)
 
  • Michael Li (Liu Kang #4)
 
  • Jennifer DeCosta (Mileena #1)
 
  • Lexi Alexander/Mirai (Mileena #2)
 
  • Garth Johnson (Raiden)
 
  • Anthony Demarco (Scorpion #1)
 
  • Darius Wahrhaftig (Scorpion #2)
 
  • Drew MacIver (Scorpion #3)
 
  • Sidney S. Liufau (Shang Tsung #1)
 
  • James Kim (Shang Tsung #2)
 
  • Simon Kim (Shang Tsung #3)
 
  • Michael Li (Shang Tsung #4)
 
  • Jimim Kim (Shang Tsung #5)
 
  • Drew MacIver (Shang Tsung #6)
 
  • Jeffrey D. Harris (Shao Kahn #1)
 
  • Ted Nordblum (Shao Kahn #2)
 
  • Eileen Weisinger (Sindel #1)
 
  • June Castro (Sindel #2)
 
  • Kerri Hoskins (Sonya #1)
 
  • Cathleen Ann Gardner (Sonya #2)
 
  • Ryan Watson (Sub Zero #1)
 
  • Darius Wahrhaftig (Sub Zero #2)
 
  • Drew MacIver (Sub Zero #3)

 

 

 

Plot/Synopsis 

 

Three fighters have the mission to rescue their friends by retrieving a magic amulet from Shao Khan, the evil master of Outworld, to save the Earth. 

 

Review & Opinions

I’m both happy and sad for not being able to see Mortal Kombat: The Live Tour back then nor finding any online samples of it.

But 1UP said a lot in 2011 when they added the show on their “Top Ten Times Mortal Kombat Went Wrong”. Similarly, GamesRadar placed it on top in “most absurd Mortal Kombat offshoots”.

 

 

 

Everything About Annihilation (1997) Movie Adaptation

Mortal Kombat Annihilation movie poster
Source: New Line Cinema

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

 

Paul W. S. Anderson departed and wasn’t part of the sequel’s production. Instead, John R. Leonetti (director of photography on the first film) took charge, with the help of Threshold Entertainment. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation released to theaters on November 11, 1997.

 

In comparison with the first film, the far majority negatively criticized this one for everything that is critiqueable. That’s why it received 2% of 43 critics on Rotten Tomatoes, average score of 11 out of 100 on Metacritic, and only grossed $51 million (with a $30 million budget).

 

Even Ed Boon and John Tobias (MK co-creators) claimed in separate interviews, that this movie was their personal worst moment in the history of their work on the franchise.

 

Annihilation (1997) Trailer

 

Cast & Characters

  • Robin Shou (Liu Kang)
 
  • Talisa Soto (Kitana)
 
  • Sandra Hess (Sonya Blade)
 
  • Lynn “Red” Williams (Jax Briggs)
 
  • James Remar (Raiden)
 
  • Keith Cooke (Sub-Zero)
 
  • J.J. Perry (Scorpion, Cyrax, Noob Saibot)
 
  • Brian Thompson (Shao Kahn)
 
  • Chris Conrad (Johnny Cage)
 
  • Deron McBee (Motaro)
 
  • Dana Hee (Mileena)
 
  • Reiner Schone (Shinnok)
 
  • Musetta Vander (Sindel)
 
  • Marjean Holden (Sheeva)
 
  • Irina Pantaeva (Jade)
 
  • Gary Paul Davis (Nightwolf)
 
  • John Medlen (Ermac)
 
  • Tyrone Wiggins (Rain)
 
  • Dennis Keiffer (Baraka)
 
  • Ridley Tsui (Smoke)
 
  • Lance LeGault (Elder God of Fire)
 
  • Carolyn Seymour (Elder God of Water)
 
  • Mark Caso (Reptile # 1)
 
  • Sultan Uddin (Reptile # 2)
 
  • Ray Park (Reptile # 3)
 
  • Ed Boon (Scorpion’s voice)
 

 

Plot/Synopsis 

The film supposedly starts off from the end of the first film (storyline similar to the one from Mortal Kombat Trilogy game) despite featuring an almost entirely different cast. 

Lord Raiden and his chosen warriors defeat Shang Tsung and win the Mortal Kombat tournament, but  Shao Kahn inadvertently opens a portal d to the Earthrealm and reclaims Kitana’s long-dead mother, Sindel, as his queen. 

Once again, the Earthrealm protectors gather to prevent the Outworld from absorbing everything they know within seven days.

 

 

Review & Opinions

After you see Annihilation, you won’t believe this movie almost doubled the production budget than its predecessor, because all the settings, locations, and CGI effects feel cheaply made. 

Jason Gibner of Allmovie:  “Whereas the first film was a guilty schlock pleasure, this sequel is an exercise in the art of genuinely beautiful trash cinema.”

 

R.L Shaffer of IGN: “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is a bad movie. No way around it. Over the years, however, it has evolved into a cult hit of sorts, playing as an unintentional comedy – a spoof of the early video game movies and their painfully obvious cash-in mentality.”

 

 

Everything About Mortal Kombat Conquest (1998 – 1999)

Mortal Kombat Conquest movie poster
Source: Threshold Entertainment and New Line Television

Production, Release Date, and Reception

The martial-arts TV show, set prior to the events of the first game, was produced by Threshold Entertainment (producer of the original Mortal Kombat films), New Line Television (television arm of the films’ distributor), and filmed at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida. 

Warner Bros. Television Distribution distributed it, which aired for one season (1998-1999).

Believe it or not, Conquest was very popular at the time thanks to its WCW Monday Nitro timeslot, but the Mortal Kombat show resulted in higher budget costs than anticipated. 

While the rumors of a second season started to circulate, TNT canceled the show with a cliffhanger ending that was planned to be shown on future episodes. 

If you’re curious about what this ending was, you can watch Mortal Kombat: Conquest on HBO Max that recently added all episodes to its library. 

 

Conquest (1998 – 1999) Trailer

 

Cast & Characters

  • Paolo Montalbán (Kung Lao)
 
  • Daniel Bernhardt (Siro)
 
  • Kristanna Loken (Taja)
 
  • Tracy Douglas (Vorpax)
 
  • Bruce Locke (Shang Tsung)
 
  • Jeffrey Meek (Raiden and Shao Kahn)
 
  • Chris Casamassa (Scorpion)
 
  • J.J. Perry (Sub-Zero)
 
  • Master Sultan Uddin (Noob Saibot)
 
  • ‘Adoni Maropis (Quan Chi)
 
  • Dara Tomanovich & Audie England (Kitana)
 
  • Megan Brown (Mileena)
 
  • Percy ‘Spitfire’ Brown (Rain)
 
  • Jim Helsinger  (Reiko)
 
  • Jon Valera (Reptile)
 
  • Smoke (Computer animated)
 
  • Goro (Computer animated)
 
  • John Reilly (Baron Reyland)
 
  • Jennifer Renton (Geneviere “Jen” Reyland)
 
  • Angelica Bridges (Omegis)
 
  • Sung Hi Lee (Kiri)
 
  • Tahitia Hicks (Ankha)
 
  • Dana Hee (Siann)
 
  • Jaime Pressly (Mika)
 
  • Renee Tenison (Sora)
 
  • Fabiana Udenio (Kreeya)
 
  • Roshumba Williams (Qali)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis 

The vicious Shao Khan wanted Earth as part of his collection of conquered realms due to how powerful and desirable the planet is.

The only way to stop him and protect Earth was creating the Mortal Kombat tournament between Earthrealm and Outworld.

This time, we follow the story of Kung Lao, who fought Shang Tsung a hundred years ago and turned victorious, as well as the story of his comrades Taja and Siro.

 

 

Review & Opinions

To be honest, there’s not much to say about Conquest, other than being cheesy. 

Now that is back, after two decades of cancellation, you have the chance to watch it and judge on your own. But be warned, there’s a reason why this show has been enlisted many times in top ten articles that only mock everything that’s wrong with it.

Lastly, I have to say there’s one thing that I liked about it: the “prelude” plot angle is something I’d love to see more on Mortal Kombat spin-offs.

 

 

Everything About Legacy (2011 – 2013) 

Mortal Kombat Legacy
Source: Contradiction Films
NetherRealm Studios
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Premiere Digital and Home Video
Machinima

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Amateur director Kevin Tancharoen pitched the idea to Warner Bros. of doing a realistic Mortal Kombat feature film, but it wasn’t until the self-funded proof-of-concept “Rebirth” attracted the attention of co-creator Ed Boon that the project started.

Although differently than initially planned: Legacy was later changed to a two-season web series that launched on Machinima’s YouTube channel. The first episode accumulated 5.5 million views, becoming YouTube’s most viewed video that week. 

Unfortunately, numbers were lower every time a new episode was released (the fifth episode only got around 400,000 views) and despite the fact that the entire series surpassed 30,000,000 million views, a third season was filmed but never released.

 

Legacy (2011 – 2013) Trailer

 

Cast & Characters

  • Ryan Robbins (Raiden)
 
  • Matt Mullins (Johnny Cage)
 
  • Tahmoh Penikett (Kurtis Stryker)
 
  • Johnson Phan (Shang Tsung)
 
  • Jolene Tran (Mileena)
 
  • Sam Tjhia (Kitana)
 
  • Ian Anthony Dale (Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion)
 
  • Kevan Ohtsji (Bi-Han/Sub-Zero)
 
  • Michael Jai White (Jax Briggs)
 
  • Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade)
 
  • Darren Shahlavi (Kano)
 
  • Beatrice Ilg (Sindel)
 
  • Aleks Paunovic (Shao Kahn)
 
  • Peter Shinkoda (Sektor)
 
  • Shane Warren Jones (Cyrax/Hydro)
 
  • Fraser Aitcheson (Baraka)
 
  • Michael Rogers (Quan Chi)
 
  • Kirby Morrow (King Jerrod)
 
  • David Lee McInnis (new Raiden)
 
  • Casper Van Dien (new Johnny Cage)
 
  • Eric Jacobus (new Kurtis Stryker)
 
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (new Shang Tsung)
 
  • Michelle Lee (new Mileena)
 
  • Sam Tjhia returns (Kitana)
 
  • Eric Steinberg (new Bi-Han/Sub-Zero)
 
  • Dallas Liu (young Bi-Han)
 
  • Ian Anthony Dale (Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion)
 
  • Ethan Josh Lee (young Hanzo)
 
  • Harry Shum Jr. (Kuai Liang)
 
  • Forrest Wheeler (young Kuai Liang)
 
  • Brian Tee (Liu Kang)
 
  • Mark Dacascos (Kung Lao)
 
  • Dan Southworth (Kenshi)
 
  • Kim Do Nguyen (Ermac)
 
  • Victor Lucas (himself, The Electric Playground)
 
  • Ed Boon (Ed Goodman)
 
  • Tracy Spiridakos (Blue)
 
  • Peter Hall (Dr. Gadsen)
 
  • Maurissa Tancharoen (Kana)
 
  • Colin Foo (Lin Kuei Grand Master)
 
  • Serge Houde (The Doctor)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis 

As with Conquest, the first season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy explores the background stories of characters and their reasons to participate in the tournament, before the events of the first game even happen.  The second season covers the tournament itself.

 

 

Review & Opinions

Despite its cancellation, Legacy is still considered one of the most successful videogame-based web series ever produced. 

IGN critics believe it’s the most elegantly produced web series, and G4TV acknowledges that finally, you’re able to appreciate each and every character from the Mortal Kombat series in a whole new way.

 

 

Everything About Fates Beginning (2015) Fan Film

 

Mortal Kombat Fates Beginning
Source: Dark Mind Productions

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

In 2015, New York and New Jersey-based filmmaking studio “Dark Mind Productions”, raised $3,305 out of a $3,000 goal in an IndieGoGo campaign. Their plan was to “give the world a modern Mortal Kombat film true to the original story.”

It seems like they achieved it. Fates Beginning won the “best Mortal Kombat film” award at the Urban Action Showcase 2015 film festival. 

 

Fates Beginning Fan Film Movie

 

Cast & Characters

  • Richard Lounello (Lord Raiden)
 
  • Immanuel Chang (Liu Kang)
 
  • Daniel Pesina (Shang Tsung)
 
  • Victoria Simone (Princess Kitana)
 
  • Irina Gorovaia (Sonya Blade)
 
  • Damien Colletti (Kano)
 
  • Basil Masters (Johnny Cage)
 
  • Johnny Alicea (Scorpion)
 
  • Lance Bilodeau (Reptile)
 
  • Raw Leiba (Goro)
 
  • Robert Bilodeau (Sub-Zero)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

 

Inside the campaign, they explain:

“An evil emperor from a realm called Outworld has the realm of Earth as his next target for invasion. 

If the emperor known as Shao Kahn were to invade Earth, it would cease to exist for his army leaves nothing but destruction in its wake. 

Raiden, the protector of Earthrealm, has begged The Elder Gods, lords of the realms, to give Earth a fighting chance. They agree, creating a fair way to let Earth decide its own fate. 

The Elder Gods create Mortal Kombat, a martial arts tournament where the Earthrealm’s best fighters would defend their realm against Outworld. 

The emperor’s fighters must win ten straight tournaments to be allowed to invade Earthrealm and over the vast years, they have won nine. 

Now the final tournament is about to begin and lord Raiden must choose Earthrealms fighters wisely for this is their last chance to save Earthrealm by winning Mortal Kombat.”

 

 

Review & Opinions

Surprisingly, this fan film has a 5.6 score out of 10 (based on 66 user ratings) on IMDB. That’s more than most Mortal Kombat films produced in Hollywood.

This is more impressive if we consider the given short timescale on which the film was shot. 

For being some type of amateur movie, it really is entertaining and sticks to its roots, adding several character’s signature moves.

 

 

Everything About Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge (2020) Animated Movie

 
Mortal kombat legends scorpions revenge
Source: Warner Bros. Animation & Studio Mir

 

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

This Mortal Kombat film produced by Warner Bros. Animation., animated by South Korean studio Mir, hinted in 2019 as a tie-in to the live-action reboot film and released on April 14, 2020 (digital), following on April 28 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD formats.

It marks the first MK-based property produced by parent company “Midway Games”; the first animated Mortal Kombat project in +20 years (since 1996); and the first “R” rated Mortal Kombat film. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a sequel called “Battle of the Realms” will release anytime around Summer. It’s being produced by the same creative team and will show the same set of characters, along with new introductions: Kung Lao, Jade, and D’Vorah.

 

Scorpion’s Revenge (2020) Trailer

 

Voice Cast & Characters

  • Jennifer Carpenter (Sonya Blade)
 
  • Joel McHale (Johnny Cage)
 
  • Ike Amadi (Jax Briggs)
 
  • Steve Blum (Sub-Zero)
 
  • Artt Butler (Shang Tsung / Lin Kuei Assassin)
 
  • Darin De Paul (Quan Chi)
 
  • Robin Atkin Downes (Kano / Shinnok)
 
  • Grey Griffin (Satoshi Hasashi / Kitana)
 
  • Dave B. Mitchell (Raiden / Lin Kuei Warrior)
 
  • Kevin Michael Richardson (Goro / Bystander)
 
  • Jordan Rodrigues (Liu Kang)
 
  • Patrick Seitz (Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion)
 
  • Fred Tatasciore (Demon Torturer / Shao Kahn)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

Hanzo Hashi (Scorpion) seeks revenge after his family and clan were murdered by rival ninja clan “Lin Kuei” and their grandmaster, Sub-Zero. In order to save his loved ones, he’s given the chance to compete in the interdimensional Mortal Kombat tournament.

 

 

Review & Opinions

Revenge stories are often fan-favorites, especially if they respect the gory violence from the source material. Both Mortal Kombat players and newcomers will enjoy the animation quality that made it receive an average rating of 7.35/10 on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

 

Everything About Mortal Kombat (2021) Reboot

 

mortal kombat 2021 reboot poster
Source: New Line Cinema & Warner Bros. Pictures

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

A third live-action movie was planned due to a signed three-picture deal, although Mortal Kombat; Devastation was canceled (for Annihilation’s poor performance) and replaced just with “Mortal Kombat”, a reboot released simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max streaming service, between April 8th (internationally) and April 23rd (US).

It received mixed reviews. Metacritic assigned an average score of  44 out of 100 (based on 43 users) and CinemaScore gave it an average “B+” grade (on A+ to F scale). 

Critics talked good about its action sequences and referential faithfulness but hated the screenplay. Despite that, it grossed $79 million worldwide and became an HBO Max streaming hit (actually, its most successful film launch to this date).

 

Mortal Kombat (2021) Trailer

 

Cast & Characters

  • Lewis Tan (Cole Young)
 
  • Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade)
 
  • Josh Lawson (Kano)
 
  • Tadanobu Asano (Lord Raiden)
 
  • Mehcad Brooks (Jackson “Jax” Briggs)
 
  • Ludi Lin (Liu Kang)
 
  • Chin Han (Shang Tsung)
 
  • Joe Taslim (Bi-Han / Sub-Zero)
 
  • Hiroyuki Sanada (Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion)
 
  • Max Huang (Kung Lao)
 
  • Sisi Stringer (Mileena)
 
  • Matilda Kimber (Emily Young)
 
  • Laura Brent (Allison Young)
 
  • Mel Jarnson (Nitara)
 
  • Nathan Jones (General Reiko)
 
  • Angus Sampson (Goro’s voice)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis (What is the new Mortal Kombat movie about?)

 

According to Warner Bros.’ official website:

“MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld sorcerer Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. 

Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, 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, the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and rogue mercenary Kano, 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 only his family but to stop Outworld once and for all?”

 

 

Review & Opinions

This reboot offers a handful of iconic combo fighting moves, character-based catchphrases, and fatalities that fans of the series will be happy to see after 20-plus years of constant big-and-flat screen attempts. Being R-rated is the best live-action version released so far.

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