It looked pretty good, didn’t it? The Mortal Kombat movie made all the right noises ahead of release. Ultra gore – check! Fatalities from the games – check! Loads of characters from the convoluted Mortal Kombat universe – check! Unfortunately the finished article – out today to rent in the UK priced £15.99 – fails to live up to the hype.
Mortal Kombat starts strong, with a fantastic fight starring Joe Taslim’s Bi-Han – a ninja who goes on to become the frosty Sub-Zero – and Hiroyuki Sanada’s Hanzo Hasashi – a ninja who goes on to become the fiery Scorpion. There’s wonderful fight choreography to be seen as Hasashi flings a kunai attached to a rope (a cool origin story for one of the most iconic video game weapons of all time) through the heads of Bi-Han’s goons. It’s a fast, fresh action scene, and you can watch it in the video below:
And Mortal Kombat finishes strong, too, with a decent fight to bring the conflict to an end (for now – a sequel seems certain). But everything in between the top and tail of Mortal Kombat’s gory innards is a badly-paced snore-fest.
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