Gianna Gregory

Staff Reporter

04 June 2021


A few weeks ago, a new Mortal Kombat film, “directed by Simon McQuoid,” was released and became a big hit in the theaters. There were many reviews about the movie lately and I wanted to see for myself what the movie was all about.

The Mortal Kombat movie is based on the video game “Mortal Kombat”. The video game “Mortal Kombat” is like you’re playing a regular video game. You get to pick your character and fight against people online or multiplayer to the death.  Mortal Kombat has tons of characters that are either good or evil. But there are main characters in this movie so who are they actually?  

According to Matt Fowler from IGN.com says “The main characters of the movie are Jackson “Jax” Briggs (Mehcad Brooks), Shang Tsung (Chin Han), Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada), Raiden (Tadanobu Asano), Mileena (Sisi Stringer), Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim),  Kano ( Josh Lawson), Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), Cole Young ( Lewis Tan), and  Kung Lao (Max Huang).” These characters are the big appeal to this movie and each one has a superpower. The beginning of the movie starts off in 17th-century Japan, where a great warrior, Hanzo Hasashi, is defeated and his wife and son killed. Later after that in the movie we flash forward to the present where Cole Young, a cage fighter is destined to compete in a tournament called Mortal Kombat.

Before this Mortal Kombat film was made there was a 1995 Mortal Kombat movie. The 1995 Mortal Kombat was based on the same game. The 1995 film was found boring to some viewers that have watched the movie. I think the 1995 film was more boring than the 2021 film. The 1995 film had a lot of low quality animations and a boring plot. However,  is the 55 million dollar 2021 Mortal Kombat better than the 1995 version?

Mostly I’ll agree that the new 2021 film is better than the 1995 film  since it has more detailed graphics, is more gorey, and  has more plot to the movie. David Ehrlich from IndieWire.com says “This “Mortal Kombat” is more broadly watchable than the 1995 version ever was, but it’s hard to shake the dull sensation that video game movies are now playing us.” Next question would be, if the movie was boring, why so? The major reason in my opinion is the narrator of the movie explains plot points over and over, which take most of the excitement away from the film.  After the movie I believe the creator should have put less explanation for the movie. 

The movie mostly did more explaining than more fights which they should have done.  The plot was also boring and the backstories were not that great either. I would recommend this movie for anyone looking for some decent action but not so good plot.

Posted by Gianna Gregory