As a huge fan of the Mortal Kombat franchise, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to review this movie. Although it was released a couple of weeks ago, I had not had time to see it. However, this weekend I sat on the couch and enjoyed what may be the best movie adapted from a video game of the last decade. As I always say, this is my personal opinion and does not represent others, and for haters, we have a fatality for you!
As you well know, Mortal Kombat's relationship with the cinema goes back a long way (Asian martial arts movies heavily influence the original video game itself), with a first film that, in 1995, it tried with more good intentions than talent to emulate. The spirit of the franchise. 26 years later, this Mortal Kombat has a bigger budget and more suitable actors. In addition to all the hype created by MK 11, the most recent installment of the mythical fighting video game.
The film's plot revolves around Cole Young, a hard-working but unsuccessful MMA fighter who suddenly crosses his destiny with a mysterious tournament called Mortal Kombat, which decides if the Earth is dominated by the forces of Shang Tsung, who inhabits the outside world. Although Cole is a character created expressly for the film, from the beginning, we see all kinds of iconic fighters from video games: Sonya Blade, Kano, Jax, Mileena... And, of course, Sub-Zero!
Apart from the characters we see in the film, there are references to many others, from the teacher Bo Rai Cho to images of Shao Khan, if we are careful. In that sense, it is clear that you will enjoy the Mortal Kombat movie more if you know the games because there are many visual and narrative references.
Mortal Kombat is, in short, a film very conscious of its "popcorn nature," something that it carries with great pride. There are ridiculous parts of the script, others that should be better explained... But as an action movie and, above all, as an adaptation of games (even allowing its own licenses and removing some characters from the sleeve), it does a job of the most solid.
And what did you think of the movie? Was it a "Flawless Victory" or a fatality? Let me know in the comment section!