Let the Fight Begin
By Nirupa Mohan Dore Ceylon Today Features
The much-awaited martial arts fantasy action film Mortal Kombat, has finally made its way to cinemas around the world, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The film based on the popular video game of the same name proved to be worth the wait, giving fans a taste of CGI driven live-action, supported by moments of nostalgia throughout.
Created as the reboot to the popular Mortal Kombat film series, the movie features Lewis Tan as Cole Young and Hiroyuki Sanadaas Hanzo Hasashi, more popularly known as Scorpion, Joe Taslim as Noob Saibot, who doubles as Sub-Zero, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, and Sisi Stringer as Mileena.
Based on Mortal Kombat by Ed Boon and John Tobias, the story this time revolves around Cole Young, an MMA fighter, living a seemingly normal life, who is suddenly in danger together with his family after Sub-Zero, who is part of a group of enemies from the Outworld, tries to eliminate earth’s chosen champions.
Young, together with his new allies must train to reach his full potential at the Temple of Lord Raiden. This is a film that takes shape from the core elements of the game, while fitting in with a smoothly paced storyline that shows Young training with the best of the best fighters that earth realm has to offer, which include Kung Lao and Liu Kang, among others.
Through the years there have been many films as part of the Mortal Kombat film series, with each one having their own individual feel, and with some just failing to deliver, this new reboot boldly manages to use modern day computer animation to give the new film an edge among the rest. Depending on the success of this film there are talks among the creators on a possible sequel, given that this film covers the pre-tournament, the next one could feature the tournament itself, while the final of a possible trilogy, could be a post-tournament story.
The 110-minute film by Director Simon McQuoid, produced the film together with Producers James Wan, Lawrence Kasanoff, Todd Garner and Bennett Walsh, in collaboration with Atomic Monster Productions, Broken Road Productions and New Line Cinema. Made with a budget of US$55 million, Mortal Kombat proved to be a financial success, easily raking in over 50.1 million at the worldwide box office, ahead of scheduled releases in several more countries. Rated 56 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, 44 per cent on Metacritic and 6.4/10 on IMDb, the film has received mixed reviews with fans of the video game franchise appreciating the reboot. It is not every day that we see video game adaptations do well, keeping in mind that it can be challenging to bring characters to life in a live action film, but it feels like this new film has been created with fans in mind, bringing in game references and certain moments to life, in a natural way, that fits in with the story.
‘Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references’, this new version delivers a film that has body-splitting violence and gore thus those who are not fans of the video game franchise may find it to be too much.
Mortal Kombat with the tagline ‘Get over here,’ has one inconsistency that many seem to not look past – the lead and certain others seem to struggle to find their powers, while a certain one character only needs seconds, which made it feel very rushed without an explanation.
Overall, this new reboot, highlights the importance of earth realm’s chosen champions and provides fresh entertainment to fans of the famous video game franchise that many grew up playing. And for those old and new fans, this will be a treat to watch, while others may just need to decide if a film centred on a straightforward fight-based tournament is really for them.