“Mortal Kombat” faithful to games

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Ryan Javate – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-The new “Mortal Kombat” movie is a martial arts fantasy based on the popular 90s video game franchise.

There were two movies previously released in the 90s, “Mortal Kombat” and “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation”, yet they were shunned due to their terrible quality.

This movie is a reboot of those movies and tries to stay faithful to the video game’s story and feel.

The movie is about Cole Young (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter on the run from a supernatural ninja by the name Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim).  Sub-Zero is getting rid of the competitors of the next Mortal Kombat tournament before it begins.

With the help of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) and Jax Briggs (Mehcad Brooks), Cole goes on a quest to stop Sub-Zero, and unravel the mystery of his heritage.

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 “Mortal Kombat (2021)” gets rid of the cheesy nineties computer generated imagery (CGI) and green screen effects and brings blood and dismemberment to the table.

The soundtrack of the movie is also phenomenal as each individual character has their own themes that set the atmosphere.

However, since the film takes place before the actual tournament, a lot of this film serves to introduce the characters of the games to incoming fans.  This sometimes takes away from the action with Tan’s character being the weakest out of all of them.

Overall, “Mortal Kombat” has pleasing action, a great soundtrack, and intriguing characters with their own unique abilities.