MORTAL KOMBAT Movie is a Hit
The Mortal Kombat movie is here, available in theaters & HBO Max. Taking it’s cue from the video games, the movie hits all the right notes originally developed by Midway Games in 1992. Back in the day, MK games inspired parents to go into a frenzy over it’s violent content but it only made kids want to play it more; when it was deemed too violent and controversial. Mortal Kombat inspired the rating system we now associate with video games.
Adapting a Controversial Game to a Film But Avoiding NC17 Territory
Naturally, adapting it it into a movie is a no brainer but the 1995 left a lot to be desired. Top Moments Mortal Kombat delivers in current film. Flash Forward to this adaptation, it was a valiant start to what seems like a promising film franchise (reportedly at least four films were agreed upon). Upgraded significantly from the 1995 release, the gore factor was accounted for, no loss of blood shed. Camp factor was squashed a bit, appearing significantly less cringy moments that its predecessor.
Keeping it Rated R but keeping the top moments mortal kombat fans want.
To keep it Rated R, some of the violent gore is alluded to off screen or done in a way that was artistic. For example, the first kill in the opening sequence with the white shoji screen. An aside, Mikeena looked absolutely wonderfully horrifying. Every fight scene was incredible. The choreography for the fight scenes blew this movie out of the water.
One drawback of the current film is a slow training sequence took a bit long to develop. However, the movie made up for it by delivering some awesome Mortal Kombat easter eggs and moments ripped from the video game. Mortal Kombat delivered some key fan favorite moments. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite moments from the film.
10 Top Moments: Mortal Kombat Movie (2021)
- “Kano Wins” – Kano rips out Reptile’s heart claiming victory on the foe. It’s campy and funny but totally in Kano’s character. The line takes us back to the video games and the heart ripping scene is straight from the fatality list. Fatalities are finishing moves allowing the player to finish off their defeated opponent.
- Shang Tsung “Finish Them” moment takes us back to the game. When the announcer says “Finish Him”, the player can choose to kill through a fatality move. The Fatality would be a easter egg combination that you can imput to trigger a flashy kill sequence.
- Kung Lao delivers two moments: Face Grind & “Flawless Victory”
- (Correct me if I’m wrong) Kung Lao plants his hat on the floor rotating like a saw blade (Razor’s Edge), then he rides the opponent right into the blade cutting their body in half.
- Shang Tsung’s Soul Steal
- Shang Tsung is a shape-shifter who needs to consume souls in order to sustain his health and life. His Soul Steal move sucks the lifeforce from his opponent.
- Jax’s Head Clap finisher
- Jax is a soldier who lost his arms that are then replaced cybernetically. His Head Clap move is done when he violently claps his hands over his opponent’s head, crushing it.
- Lui Kang Bicycle Kicks. Lui Kang kicks Kabal into a pit using his bicycle kick move setting up the next moment.
- Lui Kang Dragon Formation . Lui Kang summons a fire dragon (instead of turning into one like the game) that eats Kabal but actually burns alive; consumed by the flames.
- Sub Zero Back flip into ice sculpture trap. This classic, iconic move instantly freezes the opponent if they so much as touch his ice clone. Then, he is able to finish them off easily as they are frozen and unable to fight.
- “Get Over here”+ Scorpion’s chained kunai move
- Scorpion comes back from hell to get his revenge. He screams his infamous, “Get over here” line to Sub Zero before impaling him with his chained kunai.
- Scorpion’s Spits fire to finish off Sub Zero
- Sub Zero Ice sword
- Creator Reference: Jax references a fight that Cole had with Eddie Tobias. Creators Ed Boon and John Tobias.
- A reworked Mortal Kombat theme song that mirrors the techno beat classic we all love. This is done during the Sonya Blade & Kano fight at her home.
- Johnny Kage Poster set up for second movie. “I’m going to hollywood.”
- Artwork and Cave Paintings. This is a play on concept art that is unlocked in each game. It also teases other fighters.
- Sonya’s Address: 806 W Washington Blvd is the address for Mortal Komabt developer NetherRealm Studios
- Cut Scene “Toasty” but would have been good right after Scorpion burnt Sub Zero by a supporting cole but was a missed opportunity. It was supposed to be said by Lui Kang after everyone was burnt by opponents. But, Ultimately, the scene was cut.
- Test Your Might. The kick off for the training sequence. Fans of the game know this to be the mini game in between tournament battles where you break cinderblocks…etc.
Finish it! Final Thoughts
In conclusion, the film does the game justice. As a fan of the games, this movie is a hit. If you don’t take the film too seriously, you’ll like this movie. Geek culture fanatics that like easter eggs and ripped from the game nostalgic moments will have a lot to track here. High quality choregraphed fight scenes earn respect in this movie. Fan of gore? You won’t be disappointed. Just check it out and know that there will be more to come.