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Mortal Kombat [2021] (1 disc)

Director:Simon McQuoid
Writer:Dave Callaham
Greg Russo
Composer:Benjamin Wallfisch
Length:110 minutes
(1 hour 50 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:55%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.

Reaction: Reveling in their gruesome kills just like the videogame series, this is not for everyone. It has a better story than the first movie, but you're not watching this one for the story.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Simon McQuoid => Director
Dave Callaham => Writer
Greg Russo => Writer
Benjamin Wallfisch => Composer
Angus Sampson => Goro (voice)
Chin Han => Shang Tsung
Damon Herriman => Kabal (voice)
Daniel Nelson => Kabal
Ed Boon => (Videogame)
Hiroyuki Sanada => Scorpion / Hanzo Hasashi
Jessica McNamee => Sonya Blade
Joe Taslim => Bi-Han / Sub-Zero
John Tobias => (Videogame)
Josh Lawson => Kano
Laura Brent => Allison
Lewis Tan => Cole Young
Ludi Lin => Liu Kang
Matilda Kimber => Emily
Max Huang => Kung Lao
Mehcad Brooks => Jax
Sisi Stringer => Mileena
Tadanobu Asano => Lord Raiden

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • A planned third Mortal Kombat film, called "Mortal Kombat: Devastation" was initially developed with Christopher Lambert, Linden Ashby, Adoni Maropis, Robin Shou, Chris Casamassa, Keith Cooke, Lynn 'Red' Williams and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa were hired to be in the cast as Lord Rayden, Johnny Cage, Quan Chi, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Jax and Shaung Tsung, respectively. Talisa Soto and Sandra Hess were in talks to reprise their respective roles of Princess Kitana and Lt. Sonya Blade. Matthew Marsden was said to have been considered for the role of Kurtis Stryker, while Dolph Lundgren was in talks to portray Shao Khan. mink was hired to direct, with Drew McWeeny from [Ain't it Cool News] and his writing partner Scott Swan working on the script. Russell Mulcahy was later hired as a replacement to direct. Sean Catherine Derek and Lawrence Kasanoff took turns writing the script, which would have had Johnny Cage resurrected to help the heroes against Quan Chi and a resurrected Shang Tsung. According to Casamassa, production was halted, and eventually never happened, due to Hurricane Katrina destroying most of the sets. After plans for this third film fell through, the film rights went to Warner Bros. where it was decided the series would be rebooted.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme's daughter, Bianca Brigitte Van Damme, auditioned for the role of Mileena. You can see her training for the audition in the television series, Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors (2011).
  • Cole Young (Lewis Tan) is an original character who makes his debut in the film.
  • Mehcad Brooks called it a "dream come true" to be able to play Jax, having long been a fan of the franchise. His outfit was designed as rugged and urban, but his real-life tattoos had to be covered up before a tattoo specially designed for the character could be applied.
  • Jessica McNamee had no gaming background prior to being cast for the film. Her dive into the mythology of Mortal Kombat helped to realize the true depth of her character's vendetta against Kano, something she felt she could not have picked up from the film's script alone. Her collection of knives was designed with distinctive Damascus pattern, reminiscent of flowing water.
  • First Mortal Kombat movie where Raiden is played by an Asian actor, Japanese Tadanobu Asano, after the French/American Christopher Lambert in Mortal Kombat (1995) and American James Remar in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997).
  • To explain why many prominent warriors in the Mortal Kombat universe have supernatural abilities, the film's writers introduced a new concept called ''arcana'' - an unlockable inner power for those bearing a dragon marking. Surprisingly, the filmmakers also decided to add it to traditionally non-powered fighters. For example, in video games, Kano's laser eye, Sonya's energy rings, and Jax's cybernetic arms are all products of advanced technology, but in this film, those are special powers granted to them by the arcana.
  • The film was initially rated NC-17 upon first submission to the MPAA for graphic violence. Director Simon McQuoid later hired an additional editor to cut down several gory and brutal fighting scenes to achieve a commercially desired R-rating. Funny enough, the first movie adaptation Mortal Kombat (1995) was initially written to be R-rated, but the studio insisted on rewrites to give it a more commercially viable PG-13 rating.
  • Scorpion's line "Get over here!" was the only English line he said in the movie. His other lines were in Japanese.
  • Hiroyuki Sanada, had no knowledge of the [Mortal Kombat franchise] prior to being cast for the film. He researched the property online, but also tried a "hands-on approach" by finding the classic game at a game center, in which he was "beaten every time, just losing and losing." Despite his worries about the role, he discovered that fans had Photoshopped his face on the body of Scorpion even before he was offered the part. The character's look was based on traditional Samurai armor, with certain twists, such as a sharp chain from hi kunai on the shoulder plates.
  • When looking at the photograph with "Mortal Kombat" written on it, Cole says "combat" was spelled incorrectly. When the original game {Mortal Kombat (1992)} was being developed, it originally was titled "Mortal Combat", but there was difficulty in securing that title. Video game designer Steve Ritchie suggested renaming the game to "Mortal Kombat" , with creator Ed Boon observing that the strikingly misspelled title helped to draw attention.
  • Max Huang was a member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team and would pitch ideas to make Mortal Kombat's choreography even better. He even used this background to retrain himself when adopting Kung Lao's martial arts style, which is very different from his own.
  • Simon McQuoid had to ask Joe Taslim to slow down a bit during fight scenes, as he was moving too fast for the camera.
  • Joe Taslim credits his son with helping him make the decision to play Sub-Zero.
  • Before Jax and Sub Zero fight, a wall can be seen having "Down Arrow, Right Arrow LP" spray-painted on it. That is the video game command for Sub Zero's Ice Freeze move in the "Mortal Kombat" games.
  • Hanzo Hasashi uses a kunai weapon in his garden. The kunai was originally used by Japanese peasants as a multi-purpose gardening tool.
  • Hiroyuki Sanada tried to prepare for his role as Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion by playing [Mortal Kombat video games]. "Of course I was beaten every time, just losing and losing," he laughs. "But I kept at the games to keep learning the stories, the background and the characters. It was so much fun."
  • Joel Edgerton was being considered for Kano.
  • Fans made a campaign for Bren Foster to be cast as Kano.
  • Cole is mocked as a "human punching bag" for his meager attack and defense in his MMA matches. As it turns out, his Arcana manifests as a suit of armor that lets him absorb blows and then redirect the energy or convert it into weapons.