Photo: Mortal Kombat logo from the original Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Call it what it is: Nostalgia. Intellectual property rights. Series reboot. The chills start to form as soon as Scorpion drags SubZero’s masked face across the screen and yells, “Get over here!” The goblet of Summer 2021 Blockbusters has been thrown at a time that the movie theaters are slowly reopening.
The first time Mortal Kombat was made into a feature film was during the Summer of 1995. It was difficult to take the simulated fighting game turned movie seriously, especially after a classic scene where B-list Hollywood actor stereotype, Johnny Cage yells, “Those were five-hundred dollar glasses.” at the multi-armed creature, Goro.
It turns out the second attempt at a Mortal Kombat with a reworked script, plot, and backstory proved much more interesting than its sixteen year predecessor. The recent reboot includes characters, such as Jax, that appeared in the later arcade releases. I also preferred watching it knowing Raiden was not going to be played by Christopher Lambert; and that Scorpion was played by the guy from the Last Samurai.
Overall, it is a good thing that a nineties Video Game franchise is getting its time in the limelight again.
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kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 26, 2021
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