Mortal Kombat 2021 Review
Mortal Kombat has been one of the toughest fighting games out there. By tough I mean, it was the cause of the ESRB also known as the rating system for video games. Since it was the first to push the barriers of violence in video games with brutal fatalities. So far there have been many adaptations in both Television and movies. It is now 2021 and we finally have the release of a reboot to the movies.
Mortal Kombat’s Story:
Editors Note: There will be Spoilers ahead and honestly the story has been told so many times.
We start off the Story with Hanzo Hasashi who of course has the most tragic tale in the series. Being part of the Shinrai Ryu clan and going against the Lin Kuei has caused Bi-Han also known as Sub-Zero to take action. This is where Hanzo’s story technically ends with his whole clan killed including his wife and child, but where his hellish story begins.
Then enters Cole Young the new character to the series who has been chosen. The way fighters are chosen this time around is a mark of the dragon symbol. After being saved by Jax who was tragically defeated by Sub-Zero. Cole is getting the whole rundown of what Mortal Kombat entitles and why the fate of the world is in their hands.
Led by Shang Tsung the warriors of outworld have already won 9 tournaments and if they win ten, they merge the realms for a full takeover. Now, Earthrealm is not completely helpless with the Aid of Raiden the Thunder God, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao. In that, you have your story.
Why it doesn’t work?
Mortal Kombat 2021 falls under the failure or overthinking and simplistic story and stating that it was complicated from the start. They literally stated they added Cole Young to the story to make it simple. How is it so hard to understand that beings from another realm are trying to take over through a tournament?
I don’t mind that champions are getting marks, it kind of makes it simple especially when you can fight anywhere at any time. However, if Earthrealm is being protected, well supposedly by Raiden, shouldn’t it be difficult for the outworld to cheat?
Let’s go into the history of some of the characters like Sonya Blade for example who is supposed to have supreme hatred towards Kano, not recruit him as an ally. Sonya Blade not being chosen at first is just weird, might as well add her to the fight, but they wanted some weird build-up. Then the whole “You not worthy until you are worthy” crap from Raiden is a bit cliche.
Even when Shang Tsung waltz into the Temple of Earth and demands to fight before the tournament begins. Raiden should have fried them ten times over, but nope it seems Raiden is a bit weak or gives off that notion.
The Power is within? The Hell?
Here where I call Bullshit when it comes to how they obtain their special abilities. They have something called Akan where they must tap into inner power. You know how Sub-Zero can freeze or Liu Kang can perform fireballs. That is fine for those types of characters, but what about Kano and Jax? Kano was the first to get his laser eye ability through his Akan, not by cybernetics which would have made more sense.
The same thing goes for Jax who grew better metal arms by using his Akan. You have to understand that Kano is part of the Black Dragons, well more of the leader. They were known for having superior technology with cybernetic implants which how Kano got his eye and Jax his arms.
So yea, it all comes down to everyone believing in the power of magic to obtain their power. Sorry, no! The acting is so bland and off that, I will just dismiss the whole movie. Nothing is cannon
The action is meh
If it wasn’t for the cheesy lines used from the games the combat would have been enjoyable. It is not even comedically good. Now I give you kudos on the Rated R status because the blood and gore gave some substance, but again not enough. The graphics were pretty good, especially seeing Goro, but Mileena was a bit of a letdown…also we had Kitana’s fans but no Kitana? What is up with that?
It is a given that if you do not know much of the story you might enjoy it as it is. However, at the end of the day, this was lazy writing too many bland characters. It felt like characters were just there to be there, not really showing much substance in the movie. It was a red flag when the creators of the famed game didn’t say much or promote anything of the movie. For a run time of one hour and fifty minutes which feels a bit shorter, Mortal Kombat 2021 had the potential to be better.
In that, I give Mortal Kombat 2021 a 1.5 out of 5 paws. Not sure what was the plan here for a reboot, it falls under the same well as Street Fighter: The Legend of Chunli. – Beast Out –