Mortal Kombat Review

Fellow movie goers; This version of Mortal Kombat was a great way to kick off going back to theaters!!!
Here’s the premise: Based on the popular video game by the same name, this is a newer, slicker version than previous films. MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan), accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage-or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung (Chin Han) has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) at the direction of Jax (Mehcad Brooks), a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano), an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), Kung Lao (Max Huang) and rogue mercenary Kano (Josh Lawson), as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.
For Mortal Kombat fans, this movie is better in many ways from the last two movies. The storyline has a new plot with the addition of Cole Young, but it gets into the origin story that we all wanted after that.The battle scenes were legit, with great choreography, and cinematography that will wow you out of your seat.  The casting for each well known character was spot on for sure, with each one bringing their video game persona to life and not missing a beat.
Director Simon McQuoid did a phenomenal job in balancing story and character development and action, hr masterfully made sure to not have just another action flick, and gave us more than I expected in a Mortal Kombat film.
This was a fun, back to the theaters for over a year type of movie; and I am glad the beginning of returning to the movies for me started with a BANG!!!
Russell Lockhart

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