The brand new Mortal Kombat film is out this Friday on HBO Max and in theaters, so to prime potential viewers, the MK Film Twitter account shared the primary seven minutes for anybody to look at. And hoo boy, if the entire film retains up the momentum of its opening minutes, this one’s gonna be a rad, unhappy, hyperviolent affair.
The await Mortal Kombat is sort of over – to #PrepareForMortalKombat, watch the primary seven minutes of #MortalKombatMovie and tag your film krew. Expertise Mortal Kombat in theaters and streaming on HBO Max* this Friday. pic.twitter.com/N9zTw0t1tcApril 20, 2021
The broader attraction of MK is not the deep lore, however within the intense, barely surreal fights buffeted with simply sufficient characterization to determine stakes. The tales of the previous few video games are excellent examples of Mortal Kombat at its finest, balancing full, semi-serious character arcs with ludicrous motion, violence, and twists.
And this primary slice of the film—a fast introduction to the sequence’ most iconic rivalry between Scorpion and Sub Zero—strikes an analogous steadiness. We open on Scorpion earlier than his transformation when he was only a regular, cool Japanese man with a cute little household. They’re doing chores within the woods, a whimsical flute performs to tell us all the things is OK, and his toddler says some cute stuff—so yeah, you understand it is all about to get ripped away from him. Tragic backstory incoming.
Earlier than lengthy, the whimsical flute fades out and Scorpion leaves to fill a bucket with water or one thing whereas his household heads inside to collect round one more billboard of innocence, a child. Simply earlier than the 2-minute mark: GORE! A sword cuts by means of a guard and thru the skinny membrane of Scorpion’s household residence and the household rapidly hides the child beneath the floorboards.
A suitless Sub-Zero walks in wanting imply. Scorpion’s nonetheless off doing bucket and water actions. His beef goes means again with these of us, it appears, and so he does some intimidating ice tips earlier than the scene cuts away.
At this level I am pondering, OK, they’re giving into the lifeless spouse and toddler trope, however at the very least they are not exhibiting us the our bodies. Welp. Scorpion finishes his bucket and water factor, heads residence, and the digicam reveals, good lord, Scorpion’s frozen, lifeless spouse hunched over their frozen, lifeless toddler. She’s additionally run by means of with an ice spear. Phoo, Mortal Kombat is actually going for it within the opening scene. I admire it, although I am pondering this undoubtedly will not be one for the squeamish.
As a result of they have to, just a few dudes present up for Scorpion to actual vengeance upon, and he does so deftly, stabbing and slicing and punching earlier than rapidly improvising a primitive model of his bizarre arm snake, swinging it round wildly to slice throats and, most impressively, to blow out the again of a man’s head. The motion’s simple to comply with and easily choreographed, with none garish visible results mucking up the athleticism and framing. It is rad.
If Mortal Kombat maintains this momentum, I am sport. We’re served up an especially cliched backstory, for positive, however there’s an considerable effectivity right here, with two minutes of pathos effervescent over rapidly into some cool fight scenes and ridiculous, violent payoff. If the remaining hour-plus is simply as efficient, we’ll get a enjoyable and splashy (blood) reintroduction to MK on the large display.
I am not anticipating the screenplay to be an all-timer, however I do not suppose anybody needs that out of MK anyway. I anticipate to cheer and snicker all through, with the occasional willful suspension of disbelief to decelerate and soak in some tragedy for pacing and character improvement functions. Then, swiftly, again to whooping and hollering. Do not let me down, Mortal Kombat. Do not come at me with seven minutes like this and journey the remainder of the way in which.