‘Mortal Kombat’ film has an almost flawless victory.

Mortal Kombat film has an almost flawless victory.

Christian Gallardo, Staff Editor

The hit fighting game series, Mortal Kombat, recently got the film treatment and released April 23 in theatres and on the streaming service HBO Max. While there were many plot holes within the lackluster story and many of the characters weren’t that fleshed out, the film was very enjoyable through its fight choreography, funny dialogue from the characters, and impressive CGI. 

The film began with a very strong opening act that captured the viewers’ attention right from the start. The first half hour of the film sets up our main of the conflict of the story and introduces an intimidating villain in the form of Sub-Zero. Though after those first 30 minutes end, the film unfortunately goes downhill in terms of quality. The film had no natural flow and the scenes felt very messy a lot of the times in terms of explaining the lore of this universe. But the cool and iconic characters, and the epic moments made these scenes watchable. 

Speaking of characters, the character of Kano’, completely stole every scene he was in, with his snarky and hilarious dialogue. Though the same cannot be said about the other main characters. Iconic characters from the games like Shang-Tsung, Mileena, Raiden, or Kabal, do not get enough screen time to warrant them interesting characters. And the main protagonist, Cole Young, is a bland nobody that could have been replaced with any other character. The most interesting characters in the film were Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Their feud sub-plot was honestly more interesting than the messy main “plot”. 

It is understandable on why so many people bashed this film, people who don’t know the lore of the Mortal Kombat lore from the games, or even those who have never even heard of the fighting game series, will easily be turned off by the confusing and plentiful lore of this universe. And the other critics’ complaints that this film felt like set-up for an inevitable sequel. 

Though, at the end of the day, it’s a film based on a fighting game franchise. People shouldn’t expect anything more out of films like this. Not every film has to have symbolism behind every camera shot and not every film has to be a pretentious “art house” film. Some films can just be dumb popcorn action flicks much like Mortal Kombat, and that’s fine.