Mortal Kombat review: crushing defeat

Twenty-four years after Mortal Kombat’s final appearance on the big screen, Warner is reviving the license with a promise: that it will finally offer us a faithful adaptation to a Quoting famous lines from Hot Shots! : “You’ll be signing the check wrong if you don’t have cash in the register!” “.

Historic Street Fighter rival Mortal Kombat has built its reputation with the general public on one key element: its brutal and bloody achievements. In other words, if we want to properly adapt this fighting game to theaters, there’s no choice: it has to bleed. In this logic, the first film adapted from the franchise, released in 1995, by Paul WS Anderson didn’t really please fans with its family tone.

It’s just that over time, this first port has found its audience that has finally seen an adaptation that’s a little out of date, borderline parody, but one that fully considers itself to be a pure ’90s product for what it is, taken from a franchise that’s never been afraid to play in a different place. strange. Not a hit film, but not a flop and ultimately regressive pleasure to see characters come to life and rock the setting as much as punchlines. And then Christophe Lambert embodies the freewheeling Raiden and the Technosyndrome theme quickly achieves an aura of, say, worship for an entire generation. Yes, we ourselves are staunch defenders of this feature film and yes, we completely deny the existence of a sequel.

This lengthy focus on the work of the father of the pathetic Monster Hunter seems important for us to introduce a subject that interests us: the latest adaptation branded “more loyal” should reconcile everyone, fan or not.

The greatest warriors on Earth are united around the descendants of Hanzo Hasashi (Scorpion) at the start of a tournament that will decide the fate of mankind. Here’s to a major common thread and sorry for what you might think is a big reveal around parenting, but was literally written during the film’s introduction.

Another important point of the plot that will not matter: the famous tournament. In the first game, it’s not just a piece of the story, it’s a story! There is no Mortal Kombat without tournaments. Well, that’s what we thought.

Warner seems to be thinking big on relaunching this universe as this feature film is just a prequel to the story we know. Appetizers that are less than two hours long have us waiting until the next film announcing the start of the tournament. We have the slight impression that there is fraud on the merchandise. Nevertheless, this risky bet can be maintained if it serves to properly introduce their characters, motivations and relationships so that one can be more involved in their future fights.

Too bad the exercise failed miserably. There is nothing concrete in the final credits. The heroes are bland, apart from Sub-Zero and Kabal, the villains remain anecdotal, because for a new character, Cole Young, he doesn’t bring anything that other popular characters from the game can’t achieve, only better. Special mention for the brain dead Raiden. There’s still Kano, a real nice surprise from a movie that deserves the best scenes. If, as fans, we were told that one day he would be the savior of Mortal Kombat…

However, if there’s one part where the film doesn’t live up to its specifications, it’s the infamous gore effect. As if the entire company had focused on the success of this single project, amateurs would find all the iconic images, cult lines – even spoken in voiceover because no one else could put it that way. famous death. The latter is especially fun when the Kung Lao hat is involved. In short, if to make a good Mortal Kombat film enough to only produce a bloody battle ending, then the 2021 version is a success. It’s funny that one of the big points missing from the ’95 movie is the only point that is in this movie.