Remember playing Mortal Kombat with friends, hiding it from the parent’s coz of the ultra-violence and the finishing moves…happy days.
The new version of Mortal Kombat has just hit streaming. It’s directed by new director Simon McQuoid, written by Oren Uziel and Greg Russo.
The Mortal Kombat story is… nine fights won, Shang Tsung, invasion of earth, Outworld… I’m going to take it you know the story, if you have played the game, you know it, if you have seen the original, you know it.
We start off in ancient Japan, Hanzo Hasashi is enjoying a peaceful life with his family. He’s attacked by Bi-Han, who wants to kill off his family line, he all but succeeds, apart from a baby, which is rescued by Raiden.
Then cut to the present day, Cole Young, a failing MMA fighter, meets Jax, who has the same ‘birth mark’, since they have been chosen for the tenth tournament. They need training and they need to focus their arcana, which is basically ‘levelling up’… it was pretty much, you’ve beat him, you’ve now unlocked the next enhancement.
The main Mortal Kombat characters show up, Sonya Blade, Kano, Kung Lao etc.
You can guess the rest. The writing is weak, there’s nothing new. There is a moment where they all have to work together and help each other… which is as clichéd as it comes.
The action is OK, I’m a fan of Kung Fu, but I can’t say the fights were anything special. They were a lot better than the original movie, which was edited really, really badly. Some of the finishing moves are pretty good, but I did find the gratuitous violence a little OTT at times. And some of the CG isn’t the best, it’s good, but there are moments where you see the CG.
The remix of the music was pretty good though.
In a nutshell, Mortal Kombat is not good. It passes a couple of hours.
I give Mortal Kombat 2 out of 5.