Greg Russo, Dave Callaham
Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson
MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.
Score: 100% Best Streak: 14
Look. Did they give me all the things I wanted? Absolutely. Could it have been better? Sure. Should they have killed off Cole? Yup. Why? This gentleman is not it. Did I believe the ending of Sun Zero? Nope. but look, they know I’m coming back for all the things they’re giving me. (Yo I was really ready for his daughter to get powers in that fight. They missed an opportunity I feel like.)
Score: 74% Best Streak: 10
Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular and bloody-awesome movies of 2021 and already one of the best in the Post-COVID ERA! Everything aspect, theme, significance, and seed of violence portrayed in the video game franchise is bought to life with honor! Generally positive reception goes out to the direction, violence, action sequences, character development, and the ensemble cast’s performances (particularly Tan, McNamee, Lin, and Sanada)! It’s one of the very best action movies of the year!!!!
Score: 69% Best Streak: 6
Score: 75% Best Streak: 4
Mortal Kombat attempts to capture the essence of the video games with a more serious tone this time around. Unfortunately for what little it does incorporate from the games as a film adaptation it fails in many aspects. This would not be a problem necessarily if the fight scenes and core action delivered. Unfortunately they don't. Aside from a promising first action scene most feel rushed badly edited or just sloppy and unsatisfying. Skip this and rewatch the original.
Score: 77% Best Streak: 8
A different piece of me dies every time a “fantasy”, “sci-fi”, “anime”, or in this case “video game” film is given the status quo half assed so called “real world dramatic” treatment. I can’t believe I prefer the original to the 2021 version but it’s true. All the cgi and muted colors plus dramatic Asian actors (as good as some of them may be, particularly Max Huang as Kung Lao), can’t save a film when it’s lost its sense of fun. That soundtrack for the original only teases a semblance of epicness with the final closing image of the film. All the original actors and characters were better treated in the original vs this one. Case in point: how is the original film as cheesy as it is more cohesive? How do you have a mortal combat films without Cage? How are the raiden and Lou kang characters so underwhelming in this? How do you not have a tournament in a mortal kombat film? How are Guillermo del toro or George miller not directing more of these films and they always go to these run of the mill directors with no Vision? The original film is a cult classic b movie. This is a b movie that misses the mark. Real world drama is not always better for fantasy films for example spielberg is the prime example of how to do serious dramatic films with a sense of adventure and fun. His ready player one strikes a better tone than this. Mortal kombat is about fighters, fantasy, a tournament, myth and gore. Plus simple unconvoluted plot. These characters don’t fit in real world street settings. They only fit on the stage of a tournament. That’s half the fun ie elimination rounds . Alita battle Angel got it right. Real steel got it right. Pacific rim got it right. Original mortal kombat got it right. Bruce Lee’s game of death got it right. This film misses the mark.
Score: 82% Best Streak: 10
The long gestating reboot of Mortal Kombat is here with a $50MM budget, an R rating, a visceral opening sequence with two veteran actors portraying Scorpion and Sub-Zero, fatalities that would warm the hearts of Final Destination fans, all in glorious 4K. And it’s still not better than Paul Anderson’s 1995 film. What we end up with are a plank of wood as the main character, a Shang Tsung with no menace or presence, overly edited and intercut fights, and too many characters. Release The Kano Cut!
Score: 73% Best Streak: 8
Bad film but had some fun moments with callbacks to the games, some fun characters, action was nice but I wish there was a more coherent film in there. The first 40 minutes were amazing and I hoped that would be the entire movie but we basically got a different movie after the 40 minute mark.
Score: 86% Best Streak: 6
Not as bad as I expected but honestly I didn’t expect too much. Definitely delivered something less cringeworthy than the original and enough to keep fans of the game happy. Good choreography and visually.
Score: 92% Best Streak: 9
Score: 67% Best Streak: 3
Mortal Kombat without the tournament, story telling ability and respect to the source material. I feel that with more research and a proper understanding of the canon plot points this film could have jumpstarted this franchise in a new way cinematically. Ultimately this only ended up as a visually appealing film , with bad acting and very little sense. The 95 film is a masterpiece compared to this new rendition
Score: 100% Best Streak: 14
I loved the movie and this film truly put respect on Sub Zero. Joe Taslim was a perfect casting for Bi-Han playing a very cold hearted version. The fights were on point with some old school fatalities to top it off. Acting and pacing of this film needed work, but other than that. I enjoyed myself
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