By Dave B.
If you’ve ever played any of the video games, you likely know the general plot of Mortal Kombat. Tournaments are held between Earth and Outworld and if Outworld wins 10 in a row, they invade Earth and enslave humanity. In this reboot of the franchise, Outworld has won nine consecutive tournaments. But instead of risking his nearly certain victory on the outcome of a the battles between Earth’s and Outworld’s champions, the soul-stealing sorcerer and leader of Outworld, Shang Tsung, decides to cheat and eliminate Earth’s competitors before the competition can begin. A past-his-prime cage fighter and the remainder of Earth’s heroes must fulfill destiny and defeat the sorcerer’s assassins.
Mortal Kombat starts off very well. The action begins nearly immediately and the violence is exquisite. For a moment or two, it looks as if the film might actually contain a moderately compelling plot. And the CGI is solid, initially. However, the movie slowly starts to deteriorate in every way. The decline is gradual, but inexorable. You don’t go into Mortal Kombat expecting Oscar-caliber writing and performances, but the dialogue is ridiculous and the acting falls somewhere between shockingly bad and atrocious. Even the action, which held immense promise in the beginning, is often lackluster. The movie gives the impression that everyone involved in making it just gave up halfway through production.
My critique of Mortal Kombat would likely be less harsh if it hadn’t begun so promisingly. That led me to be more disappointed than I otherwise may have been. At least with “Godzilla vs. Kong” there was never any glimmer of hope that it might actually be more than it was expected to be. But Mortal Kombat clearly could’ve vastly exceeded expectations, briefly tried to do so, and then completely and utterly abandoned the effort. And that’s a big part of why I can’t recommend this movie. Not even to fans of the franchise. The only way to really enjoy Mortal Kombat would be to set and maintain your expectations at the lowest possible level and then find yourself pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t quite as bad as it could’ve been. In other words, you can safely pass on this film.
Runtime: 110 Minutes
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