Saturday, April 24, 2021

Quick Review: MORTAL KOMBAT...

Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) welds the fires of Hell to his advantage in MORTAL KOMBAT.

So earlier today, I watched the latest incarnation of Mortal Kombat on HBO Max. It was pretty entertaining. I never watched the original films from the 1990s, so I have no clue if Scorpion was depicted in such a sympathetic manner as he was in this latest cinematic version. But Hiroyuki Sanada—who appeared in other movies such as Avengers: Endgame, The Wolverine, 47 Ronin and The Last Samurai—did a terrific job conveying the tragic backstory behind how the 'Demon Ninja' came to be. Though not to be outdone by Sanada is Joe Taslim...who was fantastic as Scorpion's cold archnemesis, Sub-Zero. Originally known as Bi-Han, this 'Ice Ninja' was so formidable in Mortal Kombat that Jax (Mehcad Brooks) was right to point out that no one could fight Sub-Zero on their own.

Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) can create deadly weapons of ice at will in MORTAL KOMBAT.

In regards to the rest of the cast, it was commendable. Lewis Tan was great as Cole Young (the descendant of one of the supernatural warriors mentioned above), Jessica McNamee was badass as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson was hilarious as Kano, Tadanobu Asano was calm and cool as Lord Raiden, Chin Han was malevolent as Shang Tsung, Ludi Lin was fierce as Liu Kang, Max Huang did an awesomely gruesome thing with his metal hat as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer was cool licking blood off her dagger as Mileena, and Mel Jarnson had a fantastic death scene as Nitara (Look at my previous comment about Kung Lao)! Also making an appearance in Mortal Kombat is Goro...who also went out in a blaze of glory (Re: disembowelment) too.

Kung Lao (Max Huang) had the best fatality in MORTAL KOMBAT!

Unsurprisingly, the ending of Mortal Kombat lends itself to a sequel—which I'll definitely watch if Warner Bros. gives it the greenlight. Who will play Johnny Cage in the next movie, you ask? We'll see. But this sequel won't be complete without the Demon-and-Ice Ninjas making a return... Happy Saturday!

Cole Young (Lewis Tan) is ready to take on Sub-Zero (not shown) in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) and Kano (Josh Lawson) really don't like each other in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Jax (Mehcad Brooks) puts his new robotic arms to good use in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) makes his grand entrance in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Liu Kang (Ludi Lin) arrives at sunset in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Shang Tsung (Chin Han) sucks some soul in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Goro (voiced by Angus Sampson) takes on Cole Young in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Mileena (Sisi Stringer) enjoys the taste of blood in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Nitara (Mel Jarnson) isn't half the vampire she used to be by the end of MORTAL KOMBAT!

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