Mortal Kombat strikes again

By Breanna Fierro

CATCHY KICKER—Poster of Mortal Kombat movie at AMC Theatre.

After 26 years, Mortal Kombat makes a return to the big screen as a fan-made prequel.

Classic ‘90s film derived from a series of nostalgic video games, the new “Mortal Kombat” will once again entertain audiences through its action-packed fighting and style. 

The movie focuses on the beginning of a new era, the older beloved characters welcoming in a new generation of fighters.

The play on using tournaments like in the original movie wasn’t incorporated in this film, but still shows that the story around these characters was constructed with its own twist. 

Compared to the older and cheesy “Mortal Kombat” (1995) this movie attempts to construct a new plot around new characters with enhanced features, original fighting styles and through director Simon McQuoid to provide the new “Mortal Kombat”.

The latest screen adaption pits mixed martial arts fighter Cole Young, a new upcomer and protector of Earthrealm against the fearsome warrior (what humans often call earth) Sub-Zero.

This 21st-century “Mortal Kombat” begins in the 17th-century where great warrior Hanzo Hasashi (Scorpion) vanishes to the “Netherrealm” after he and his family are killed by Bi-Han (Sub-Zero). Netherrealm is comparable to the Underworld, also known as Hell.

When fast-forwarding to the future, MMA fighter Cole Young, is a cage fighter with a unique birthmark. 

The birthmark makes him destined to fight in tournaments and leads him to be the protector of Earthrealm in an invitation to a battle known as “Mortal Kombat.” 

The only way to receive a marking like it is to either attain it through lineage or to take it from someone else. 

After 4,000 years the Hasashi bloodline lives on. However, before representing Earthrealm against Outworld, the most murderous of all realms, protector of the Earthrealm, Lord Raiden, warns his warriors. 

Raiden adivses the branded warriors to find their “arcana,” also known to uncover their inner superpowers.

Some of the roles were more disappointing than others, nevertheless, those actors who played them flawlessly outweighed the negatives. 

The movie also has its fair share of comedy to balance out the intense moments of Cole Young seeking vengeance for Scorpion and peace for Earthrealm. 

The actors also established new growth and development within the characters.

Classic fatalities, old school mixed martial art moves and signature moves were alive in the film, with a fair share of battle music throughout. 

Although it isn’t played as much as it should have been, the “Mortal Kombat” theme song is present toward the ending of the film in the fight scenes.

The rendition is a catchy electronic theme song of the original version in the ending credits. 

The fate of Earthrealm is in the hands of original warriors: Sonia Cage, Jax, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Lord Raiden and newer ones like Cole Young, a descendant of Scorpion through bloodline. Those who were a part of outworld were also classic warriors: Shang Tsung, Mileena, Kano, 

Reptile, Kabal, Goro, and more familiar faces through gameplay like Nitara and Reiko. A twist in events and empathy for characters fighting for different sides is beyond what any fan would’ve imagined.

The bloodline of Hasashi is known as a contributor for keeping the world of Earthrealm at peace, if another tournament were to be lost, outworld would take over. Days are numbered before the Lord Raiden moves forward again, and seeks out a new set of champions to protect Earthrealm from those in Outworld. 

Fans can catch this film in theaters and on HBO Max.

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