Mortal Kombat 2021 Movie was promised to be more gore, more fatalities, more intense. What we got was a poorly written plot, bad acting on several cast members, and really, really good visuals.
Let’s talk about positive first: Hiroyuki Sanada and Joe Taslim as Scorpion and Sub-Zero were excellent. Starting 10 minutes of Mortal Kombat 2021 Movie is really great. By far, the best scenes in the movie belong to Hiroyuki Sanada and Joe Taslim. The absolute legend that is Hiroyuki Sanada is criminally underused, and the little time he has on the screen, he steals the entire movie and then some.
They got Goro right, and Jax, Sonya, and Kano were decent as well. The scene-setting/storytelling is inconsistent, but fun when it lands. And this is still an enjoyable watch overall.
Perhaps my expectations for this movie were a bit high. Some better casting (at least the Asian god of thunder and lightning was played by an Asian actor), but while many of the actors looked the part, their inexperience also showed. The blood and gore match that of the games for the first time ever, which will please a lot of fans, but here’s the biggest letdown… aside from the final confrontation between Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
I did not enjoy how there was no tournament, it didn’t stick to the usual story. Now normally that wouldn’t be a problem except this time around, they robbed us of screen time of our favorite characters. They also disrespected a few characters with how easily they were killed, and the fight scenes were much too short. The fatalities were all shown on the trailers, almost every death was seen in the trailer of Mortal Kombat 2021 Movie.
The casting for Raiden wasn’t enjoyable, he also got very little screen time, though good because he was hard to look at, you just didn’t seem to care about him or any of the characters all that much.
The only character they tried to make you like and give any character development was Cole, the one person could care less about as a whole. They throw action at you and it’s enjoyable, but it’s short-lived and a lot of important scenes are so rushed, it feels like they cut 30 minutes from the movie on accident.
Good fight scenes should have wider frames and fewer cuts. Most of the fights in this movie contained moves that any able-bodied person could pull off with how close and how often the angles change. This film was rife with missed opportunities.
If this lays the groundwork for sequels, then I may be judging too harshly. I’m just a longtime fan of the games, lore, and characters. While the story of Mortal Kombat 2021 Movie could’ve been better, I’m mostly disappointed by the lackluster fight scenes, because those are what we’re really in it for. My rating is on the backs of Hiroyuki and Joe for their outstanding performances.