The new Mortal Kombat trailer dropped today and I must say, I am READY for this movie. It’s been over twenty years since we’ve gotten a live-action Mortal Kombat movie. So with just a few months left until release, let’s break down the five most important points from the trailer.
It isn’t taking itself too seriously
Mortal Kombat always has a fine line to walk. It has to be real enough to warrant making a live-action adaptation while being very careful not to take itself too seriously. At the end of the day, it’s a story about a fighting tournament held once a generation that decides the fate of the world. It’s dumb, and that’s okay.
The trailer we saw this week proves to me that the director understands what’s important here. Cool superpowered people fight each other because of reasons… Add in some cool effects and snarky one-liners and we’ve got ourselves a movie.
The effects look cool
This was maybe the thing I was most worried about with this film. After the disaster that was Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, I was nervous about how much they’d try to use effects in this movie. That said, what we saw looked pretty damn cool.
We saw Liu Kang (Ludi Lin) wielding fire and Sub Zero (Joe Taslim) freeze Jax’s arms and shatter them. Right there, I’ve seen what I need to see to give this movie a chance.
The cast is stellar
I never would have imagined being excited about Kano, but Josh Lawson seems to have the character down pat. Likewise, I struggle to imagine anyone as Raiden but Christopher Lambert but Tadanobu Asano nails it. The diverse cast of the characters really lends to the feel of warriors assembling from all over the earth for Mortal Kombat.
If you’re like me, the idea of a new original lead character might be cause for alarm. But at the same time, we already had two movies with Liu Kang as the lead and it was just okay. Allowing the famous Mortal Kombat characters to fill out the roster and supporting cast might actually be a better way to go about it. I don’t know if Cole Young (Lewis Tan) will be satisfying, but I’m more than willing to give him a chance.
We still don’t really know the plot
I said earlier that we know the story is going to be about a tournament to save the world. And while that is true, we don’t really know what the deeper plot of the movie is. Will it borrow from the original movie and make Shang Tsung (Chin Han) as well as Goro the villain? Or will we get a look at Shao Khan or Quan Chi?
It’s probably a wise move on Warner Bros part not to reveal too much in the trailer, because really, who cares? The only ones who care about the deeper plot of a Mortal Kombat movie are already going to go see it no matter what. As video game fans, we can’t help ourselves. Even when we know a movie is going to be trash, we gotta go see it.
This movie is coming soon!
We are just around the corner from this movie releasing. April 16 will mark the film’s debut on HBO Max. As excited as I am for that, it really is kind of a shame. This is one of those movies I would very much enjoy seeing in the theater, ya know, if not for the plague.
So what are you most looking forward to? Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade? Kung Lao (Max Huang) making his on-screen debut? Or the long-awaited showdown between Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Sub-Zero? Whatever it is, we’ve just got a few short months to wait!
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