What is the story about?
In line with the video game, the film follows a group of fighters who fight it out against each other in an intergalactic tournament of ancient martial arts.
Just like how you would skip from the game to the film directly, director Simon McQuoid doesn’t give any space for the film’s storyline to get established, and is more focussed on the action sequences and the deaths of the film in a film that has a hierarchical format from start to finish. The problem with the film is not just its poor character development and storyline size, but the fact that the action sequences in themselves aren’t wholesomely exciting as they are supposed to be. Despite some good choreography, the way in which the scenes are filmed make it look like a sub-standard B-movie that isn’t too good in any of the departments. For fans of the game, this might be a fine watch, but for someone seeing it from a fresh perspective, this may test your patience and think about what a lost opportunity it turned out to be.
Joe Taslim and Hiroyuki Sanada are the best actors in the film, mainly because of the former’s ability and the latter’s mere presence. The rest of the actors do a fine job, there is rarely scope for a performance here as all are simply action stretches.
Music & Other Departments
The cinematography is what makes Mortal Kombat look really low-key, as there are sloppy camera angles and placements all over. The music too, has nothing to write home about.
Some of the action sequences have enough in them to excite fans.
The film’s failure in not getting the best for its strengths is a weakness.
Did I enjoy it?
Not entirely, but some action sequences did grab my attention here and there.
Do I recommend it?
Mortal Kombat is far from perfect, but must be able to lend you some good time pass, especially for the fans of the game.