‘Mortal Kombat’ includes plenty gore, lacks interesting storyline


New Line Cinema & Warner Bros. Pictures

Characters Liu Kang (Ludi Lin) and Kung Lao (Max Huang) are preparing for battle against their enemies of the Outworld to save the Universe. Kang has been one of the most popular players and Lao as one of the major heroes in the Mortal Kombat series.

KRIS GRAY, Reporter

     Mortal Kombat; a fantasy fighting game developed in 1992 known for its high level of graphic violence is a classic for most Americans. But, just like the games, the film is just as plain and pointless.  

     The plot follows an MMA fighter named Cole Young (Lewis Tan) who learns his fate as a “chosen champion” due to his dragon birthmark. Young seeks out Earth’s greatest champions to stand against the enemies of the Outworld led by Emperor Shang Tsung (Chin Han). Young fights alongside characters, Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), Jax (Mehcad Brookes), and Kano (Josh Lawson), etc. in a high stakes battle for the Universe. 

     With writers, Oren Uziel and Greg Russo, the plot focuses more on fighting scenes and action, rather than an interesting storyline. It enacts the usual cliché of the fight between Good and Evil. But, to some viewers, it might have been great due to the outstanding fight choreography and the actors/actresses’ physical talent. 

     The lack of authenticity in the characters could be blamed on the writers or the fact that the actors/actresses were more focused on the martial art aspect than actual acting. The character, Kano, was an attempt at bringing a comedic feel to the film. His obnoxious demeanor and bizarre humor did not have the effect that the writers intended. 

The bloody swords and four-armed opponents might cause a couple “oohs” and “awws” but the corny one-liners and rushed timeline create a boring, ineffective cinematic experience.  

     The cinematography and music did not play a particular role in making or breaking the film. The theme song almost created suspense at the climaxes but it never had a lasting effect. The viewing quality was satisfying and allowed viewers to focus on what was going on in the movie and not on the screen. 

     Lastly, Mortal Kombat is meant for and only meant for middle-aged men who played the games as kids and are obsessed with UFC. The film has a surplus of worthless blood and gore and an absence of a hooking plot and basic acting. So, if you’re thinking about buying a ticket to see the new movie, save your money on something you will actually enjoy.