This expectation arose because there was the name James Wan as one of the producers. Then the faces of Asian actors were announced to star in this latest version. Starting from Joe Taslim, Lewis Tan, Tananobu Asano, Chin Han and Hiroyuki Sanada. It is only natural that expectations arise after two decades since the last film in 1997. With technology that is far more advanced than two decades ago, of course, it is very helpful to visualize the film close to the game version, which for the past two decades also still exists and is getting more and more. fanbase.
With director debut for his first feature-length feature Simon McQuoid, this latest version of Mortal Kombat opens with the massacre of the Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion (Hiroyoki Sanada) family by Bi-Han/Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim). The massacre that was thought to have killed all of Hanzo Hasashi’s descendants was followed by the arrival of Raiden (Tananobu Asano) who saved the only surviving descendant of Hanzo Hasashi.
Then the plot jumps to the present with the point of view of Cole Young (Lewis Tan), a father, husband who works as an MAA fighter. Cole’s normal life is changed when suddenly he becomes the target of a ninja assassins to kill. With the help of Jax (Mechad Brooks), Cole is finally able to survive which is the beginning and leads him to be introduced to Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) and tell Cole a secret mystical battle called Mortal Kombat that is the cause of Cole being hunted.
Those who have watched the previous two versions of the film will find it very easy to find the contrast with this latest version. Not only in terms of visuals, but also the plot of the story, which from this latest version feels much contained. Yes, although for the whole plot of a story like this we have often encountered, but at least it is very easy to follow. Not only that, the appearance of popular game characters can be said to be a fan service that gives its own satisfaction. Yes, it is not strange that there will be enthusiasm when the in-game quotes appear in this film.
Those hoping the duels would be like the game should lower those expectations. Even though this film has an adult rating, the duel violence level in this film is still far below the game version. It was admitted by director Simon McQuoid himself that if they made a film version that was close to the game version, the Mortal Kombat film could never be widely screened in cinemas. It makes sense. But at least the martial art choreography in this film can slightly replace the disappointment of the lack of brutality.
Although overall this film could still be much better, the latest version of Mortal Kombat can provide fresh air for game adaptations that have partly failed. For an opening, we really hope that the sequel will be better than the first film. But for now the fan service provided is quite successful.