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Mortal Kombat: "GET OVER HERE!!"

Scorpion: "GET OVER HERE!!!"


Mortal Kombat, one of the greatest games ever created with some of the coolest characters ever thought of, hit the big screens with another live-action attempt. It nailed it. Directed by Simon McQuoid, written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham, this was a well-planned and well-executed film. Shout out to the casting as well, because the actors were all spot on. All of them. There was a lot of fan service in this film, in terms of characters, fight locations, and fatalities. Yes, I said fatalities. The creators included FATALITIES.

The story starts with Hanzo Hasashi aka Scorpion, played expertly by Hiroyuki Sanada. He's happy with a wife and two kids. But anyone familiar with this story knows it doesn't end well. Bi-Han aka Sub Zero, brilliantly done by Joe Taslim, shows up and slaughters everyone. Even Scorpion, but fans know he holds a grudge, even in hell.

The story follows Cole Young, well played by Lewis Tam, a young fighter who finds out he was chosen for Mortal Kombat. He acquires companions in Earthrealm champions Jax (Mehcad Brooks), Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), Kung Lao (Max Huang), and Lord Raiden himself (Tadanobu Asano). Every single one of these actors nailed his or her character.

Of course, no Mortal Kombat story would be complete without the Outworld champions, and Kano (Josh Lawson). Kano is that useful, and or useless, sarcastic asshole everyone loves to hate. He always holds a place in our dark sarcastic hearts. Mileena (Sisi Stringer) is there being creepy as hell, Reiko (Nathan Jones) picks a fight with Jax, and Kabal (Daniel Nelson) makes a sarcastic entrance and stays true throughout a square off with Liu Kang. All this lead and instigated by Shang Tsung (Chin Han) and Sub-Zero. Again, all of the actors were amazing.

This film was damn near perfect. It was well directed, well written, well-acted and the effects were fantastic. If you're a fan of Mortal Kombat this movie is a must-see. It gets five out of five dragonflies.

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