Mortal Kombat (Blu-Ray) - Review
Review by Jason Leyanna
Mortal Kombat has been re-released to coincide with the release of the new game of the same name on April 19, 2011. It has been 16 years since Mortal Kombat first came to theaters and whetted fans' appetites for combat and action. The film grossed just over 122 Million worldwide. Mortal Kombat was filmed mostly in Los Angeles, California, with the occasional scene in Thailand. Paul Anderson directed this film and he later went on to direct the first Resident Evil movie that sparked 3 sequels and another in the works. Mortal Kombat is primarily based around the first video game, Mortal Kombat, but also includes characters from Mortal Kombat 2.
As Sonya states, "A handful of people on a leaky boat are gonna save the world?" To which Raiden responds, "Exactly!" The combatants must prove themselves and fight against the enemies and defeat Shang Tsung to save the world from becoming a barren wasteland such as Outworld. Each combatant has a different underlying reason for fighting in Mortal Kombat. Sonya Blade is following Kano and is lured into the tournament. Johnny Cage is out to prove he isn't a fake as the press continues to claim. Liu Kang is out for revenge for the death of his brother.
Sonya Blade is played by Bridgette Wilson. The thunder god, Raiden, is played by Christopher Lambert (Highlander) and he plays his part spot-on. Johnny Cage is portrayed by Linden Ashby, who also happens to appear in the third Resident Evil film. Robin Shou was a good choice for "The Chosen One", Liu Kang and does lots of martial arts in the film. Princess Kitana is played by Talisa Soto (License to Kill). The late Trevor Goddard plays Kano. And last but not least, Shang Tsung, the sorcerer is played by actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
The Blu-ray version of the film comes with a free download to get the classic outfit for Jade in Mortal Kombat (the game) for the PlayStation 3. Additionally, it comes with a code for a Digital Copy of the film through Warner Bros. Special features include The Journey Begins (animated), the original trailer for the movie, and a trailer for the new game. The addition of The Journey Begins is a nice addition for long-time fans of the series. I only wish there were more special features added. Visually, the Blu-ray is improved over its DVD counterpart, so if you have a HD TV you can see the differences. The details of the film are more apparent in the updated version.
Mortal Kombat still looks good for a 16 year old film. The film is action-packed and is one of the few good video game-to-movie translations ever created. It is a must-have for Mortal Kombat fans and also a good choice for those looking for a good action flick. While not a completely flawless victory, Mortal Kombat is still a victory for a great translation of a video game into a movie, unlike many others.