Mortal Kombat became a fan film

The new Mortal Kombat is for fans only, but that’s not a problem either. Although there are plenty of flaws in the film, the makers have started on the right track and will hopefully improve the bucks to continue. Making film adaptations from games has never been a rewarding task … at least the unsuccessful attempts so far show that. Super Mario Bros. was perhaps the first attempt at a bigger budget back in 1993, which failed an amazing deal. This was followed by Street Fighter, which, although not much to do with the actors, had little to do with the game, but at least they were able to stuff it with stars and thus bring in its production costs. Then came 1995 and Mortal Kombat, which showed how to make a faithful adaptation to a game. It’s been a couple of decades since then and we’ve had an Uwe Boll era here, Need for Speed, Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia, Max Payne, Tomb Raider, Hitman, WarCraft … but somehow none of it was real.

However, Mortal Kombat is experiencing its second boom in the gaming world, so this time it was time for a real fan to get on the idea and bring his own vision to the cinemas. And as a producer, James Wan, who made almost always enjoyable films, also joined the party, so everyone was confident that the breakthrough would finally happen and we would get a successful and faithful film. Unfortunately, this was only partially realized.

Mortal Kombat opens in the 17th century, where we can watch the clash of Hanzo Hasashi and Bi-Han (aka Sub-Zero) and this gave fans a chair-opening overture that unfortunately didn’t really grow up later. After the clash, we jump in time and meet Cole Young, a caged fighter who is hammered in another match, and then Jax appears, who, in connection with a mysterious sign on the man’s body, sheds light on an event called Mortal Kombat that put his life in danger.


The games weren’t sold by the exciting story either, but they were still able to put an acceptable framework around the fights (especially the last few chapters). The film also starts well, the first clash is quite simply brilliant. It’s no coincidence that Warner Bros. also promoted the film with this. The problem, however, is that this level is rarely reached by the film in the future – if at all.

There are three points in the film that are definitely worth giving it a chance, and these are Kano, Sub-Zero and Kung Lao. The frosty “hero” Bi-Han has a weight for each appearance and uses the moves he has learned in the game many times. He and Scorpion are the film’s nicknames, but unfortunately their “costumed” clash is based on this somewhat disappointing. Kano is a criminal playing with pretty filthy tools in the game, and he won’t hold back in the adaptation either. It’s a big surprise that he can even grow beyond the shape of Sub-Zero and become almost sympathetic to us. Sure, Kano is Kano, so you can pretty much guess where it ends up, but still, every moment you spend on the canvas is enjoyable. He also showcases his classic Fatality, this, and a similar move by Kung Lao is the bloodiest episode of the film.


But then why isn’t the enthusiasm for the film clear? While the Mortal Kombat games weren’t famous for their fantastic story, chances are every player will remember the contiguous events of the last episodes. In the case of the film, however, for some reason not really understandable to me to this day, a whole new character was made for the protagonist of the story, who, moreover, doesn’t even work in this world. Clumsy, he just drifts with events, constantly whines and when he finally “finds himself”, he becomes ridiculous.

How much better it would have been if Liu Kang or Johnny Cage had performed – the former is featured in the film, but unfortunately he’s more of a teaching role that doesn’t suit him well. He and Kung Lao bring the intermediate level, they are not annoying, the actors are similar to what they saw in the game and also show special attacks. But who is a big disappointment is Raiden. The lightning god is quite simply useless, ridiculous, almost pathetic.


It is also completely incomprehensible why the Mortal Kombat Championship is not the focus. Instead, we can see Shang Tsung and his team try to occupy the Earth by cheating for the tenth time after nine wins, as Outworld is not a very good place. Anyone who wants to see the Mortal Kombat Tournament itself will probably have to wait for it to continue. Because make no mistake, Mortal Kombat is an introductory episode. A pilot. They showed interesting (Scorpion, Sub-Zero), moderately none (Sonya Blade, Jax) and completely left … so uninteresting (Raiden, Shang Tsung and of course Cole Young) figures, some of whom will return to the sequel, others no. In any case, the makers have rushed to the end, the R-rating is justified, but the blood does not splash every minute.

If I have to get out of fanboating, I have to say that although the film was made for the fans, there’s a lot of flaw in it anyway, so it deserves a medium at most. But we look forward to continuing. 6/10


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Mortal Kombat (Mortal Kombat)
dubbed, Canadian-American fantastic action film, adventure film, 110 minutes, 2021
Not recommended for under 16s!

Director: Simon McQuoid
Screenwriter: Greg Russo
Producer: Todd Garner, Lawrence Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, James Wan
Cinematography: Germain McMicking

Lewis Tan (Cole Young)
Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade)
Hiroyuki Sanada (Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion)
Joe Taslim (Bi-Han / Sub-Zero)
Tadanobu Asano (Raiden)
Mehcad Brooks (Jackson “Jax” Briggs)
Chin Han (Shang Tsung)
Ludi Lin (Liu Kang)
Josh Lawson (Kano)


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