Mortal Kombat the 2021 movie returns after 24 years with its first instalment landed on the big screen in 1997. The theme depicts the classic game, which several played in their teens. It is the reboot of the film series, to bring a smart touch to the movie released previously.
The 1997 movie was simply a disaster that hit the big screen hard with the name ‘Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. By 2010, the Warner Brothers started their initiative in developing a new project with Kebin Tancheron who directed from the script written by Uziel in the wake of the ‘Mortal Kombat: Rebirth’.
The international release of this much-awaited movie took place on 8th April 2021. The US released the movie theatrically and on HBO Max on 23rd April 2021.
The setting starts in 17th century Japan where Hasashi and his family get slaughtered by Sub Zero. Fortunately, his kids survive the massacre and are taken care of by Lord Raiden. At present, Cole Young is the primary protagonist, has a dragon mark which he considers a birthmark and is oblivious to his real power. Sub Zero returns to earth to eliminate the rest of the champions before the tournament, Next Mortal Kombat tournament. This unleashes his real power giving the movie a path to proceed.
The storyline received a pretty mix of onions, many are satisfied with the ventures loyalty that stuck faithfully to the actual storyline of the game. While others typically criticized the poor screenplay. As per the Hollywood Reporter’s John De Fero states ‘not exactly a knockout’ and he continues saying ‘A B-movie that would benefit immensely from some wit in the script and charisma in the cast, it’s not as aggressively hacky as P.W.S.A.’s oeuvre, but it runs into problems he didn’t face in 1995: Namely, the bar has been raised quite a bit for movies in which teams of superpowered young people have fights to save the universe.’
Likely, Korey Coleman along with Martin Thomas from Double Toasted straightforwardly gave a negative review commenting that the lead portrayed a bland and uninteresting character. In addition, the cast failed to bring any relatability to the character of the story.
On the other hand, James Marsh reporting from the South China Morning Post states ‘Director Simon McQuoid understands and honours the film’s video game origins, including memorable lines of dialogue and signature fight moves throughout’.
The movies cast –
- Lewis Tan as Cole Young
- Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade
- Josh Lawson as Kano
- Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden
- Mehcad Brooks as Jax
- Ludi Lin as Liu Kang
- Chin Han as Shang Tsung
- Joe Taslim as Bi-Han / Sub-Zero
- Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion
- Max Huang as Kung Lao
- Sisi Stringer as Mileena
- Matilda Kimber as Emily
- Laura Brent as Alison
- Nathan Jones as Reiko
- Daniel Nelson as Kabal (action and stunts)
- Damon Herriman as Kabal (voice)
- Angus Sampson as Goro (voice)
- Mel Jarnson as Nitara
The shooting took place in Adelaide studios. The production house also covered some significant parts of the movie to shoot in South Australia. The action movie began shooting on 16th September and wrapped up by 13th December 2019.
The score is composed by Wallfisch and this includes ‘Techno Syndrome’ by the ‘Immortals’ produced by Wallfisch.
Entertainment Weekly took the responsibility of launching the much-awaited movie’s first look that sure stirred up the fan base. Lastly, the directorial debut venture of Simon McQiuod surprisingly added several easter eggs for the fans. This would certainly give the audience to pick on those, to entertain a refreshing weekend definitely.