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Mortal Kombat movie a near-flawless homage

The latest effort to bring video games to the silver screen could set up a nice run of movies set in this new world.

The Mortal Kombat movie was scattered.

The Mortal Kombat movie was over-the-top gory.

The Mortal Kombat movie was perfect – for its audience.

The reviews are in and anyone who approaches the Mortal Kombat movie with a discerning eye will likely not approve of its disjointed storyline or its nod to violence and cartoon-y bloodletting.

But let’s face it.

Mortal Kombat video games have always considered plot an afterthought, although this movie’s director Simon McQuoid deserves credit for trying to forge one.

The fact that he chose to revolve the story around a new character as a way of creating his own mythology speaks to the noncredible nature of Mortal Kombat storylines.

But when you boil down the new movie, which stars Lewis Tan as the protagonist Cole Young, it succeeds at what it wanted to do. It introduces the world that will likely be used in a future line of movies, one in which two opposing forces battle for the future of Earth.

With apologies to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mortal Kombat’s story is a tale as old as time.

An evil plot is hatched and the one person who can stop it must realize his worth and his inner power before it’s too late. Along the way he meets a group of supportive fellow fighters who have been waging war with an evil faction for centuries.

Admittedly, it’s a fun romp.

I’m not the first to say that Josh Lawson’s Kano steals the show.

He is constantly ready with a clever line and his evolution – albeit basic and blatant – sets him apart from the rest of the characters.

The movie includes just enough of the game’s characters to satisfy casual fans. I wonder how non-gaming fans, however, react to a dude whose eyes light up and can shoot lightning from everywhere.

Perhaps the run of Marvel movies might have been the perfect setup for this as it could have desensitized those people to the supernatural.

Anyway, I have to confess that seeing Sub-Zero and Scorpion on screen again brought me back to an early time in my life, when I dumped quarters by the ton into arcade games.

I have watched the movie several times now on HBO Max.

It is a fun movie.

It is cliche.

It is cheesy at times.

It is perfect and I can’t wait for the sequel.

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