This past Sunday, after 14 months of no theaters, I ventured to my first movie. Mortal Kombat was showing. I was a big fan of the first one, and even though this one doesn’t have the storied production of the first I still wanted to see it, and I was not disappointed. After surviving Battlefield Earth I can watch just about anything.
I’m not writing a review, there are for more of those out there and written better than anything I could commit to the keyboard, so this is more along the lines of what I thought of the movie as a Mortal Kombat outsider. There won’t be any spoilers either.
The tone of this one is totally different from the first one, so I’m not going to compare the two or say which one is better. That’s like saying chocolate cake is better than ice cream, you just can’t. They are both worthy of your time, just in different ways. The new Mortal Kombat is, what I believe, more faithful to the lore of Mortal Kombat. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself because the story does assume some familiarity with the source material. For example, in the opening battle, the two combatants talk to each other in different languages, Chinese and Japanese. Why? Don’t know, but I’m assuming it’s important. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the movie.
The choreography of the fights is amazing, and the gore is evident, so don’t watch it if you are offended by the sight of blood. The movie proudly wears its R rating. And Mehcad Brooks puts the jacked in Jax!
My only quibble is minor, and that is that the Mortal Kombat theme from the first movie isn’t used as much as I would like. But, hey, maybe they’re saving it for the sequel.
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