Mortal Kombat (2021) Movie Review

Mortal Kombat – Brutal Fights

Director: Simon McQuoid

Writer: Greg Russo, Dave Callaham (Screenplay) Oren Uziel, Greg Russo (Story)

Starring: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Joe Taslim, Mehcad Brooks, Matilda Kimber, Laura Brent, Hiroyuki Sanada

Plot: MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth’s greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.


Tagline – Get over here.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mortal Kombat starts as Outworld assassin Bi-Han (Taslim) is sent to eliminate the Earth threats in the fight between the universes, a chance to make sure they always win, leaving one error, a baby. Cole (Tan) a descendant of that warrior grew up to become a great MMA fighter that is starting to lose his edge.

With the latest Mortal Kombat event coming up Shang Tsung (Han) isn’t willing to let Earth win, returning to his dirty tricks, sending Bi-Han, now going by Sub-Zero to Earth to eliminate the next round of contenders, including Cole, who is now getting advice from Sonya Blade (McNamee) on how to prepare for this battle.

Thoughts on Mortal Kombat

Characters & Performances – Cole Young is a descendant of a great warrior who has grown to become a great MMA fighter himself, only to find his own family being targeted by the Outworld assassins. He must learn quick about the world he has been placed, learning about his father and the world where Mortal Kombat will mean he will need to fight for everyone on Earth. Lewis Tan does well with the fighting side of the film, but does struggle with the calmer side of the film. Sonya Blade is the connection Cole makes to learn the deeper side of the Mortal Kombat, while she doesn’t have the marking, she sides with the Earth warriors proving her place in the squad. Bi-Han is one of the assassins that has been used to eliminate the human warriors for centuries. He has the powers of ice which he will use to attack his enemies. Shang Tsung has been defeating the Earth realm for centuries and now he wants to finish the battles giving him power over the Earth realm now matter how many dirty tackles come his way. We do meet plenty of different fighters from the video game series, each will get their moment in combat. Each of the performances are stronger with the building to the fighting being the main attraction.

StoryThe story here follows a fighter than learns about the bigger battle between realms, with Earth being targeted by the Outworld, a place where the fighters will always look to cheat for an advantage, as he looks to help earth win to maintain their freedom. This is the stretch of the video game story, which will get a few complaints about certain characters going missing. The story is told in a way that we learn much like Cole as the world in unfolding on front of us, with the development of the human fighters coming as the threat becomes clearer. The story doesn’t feel like we get too much more though, leaving the slow build at the start to fill in and world building, over character development.

ThemesMortal Kombat is an action film that brings to life the video game franchise, as someone who never played the games, I can’t tell you how many of the popular characters are included or are not, but when it comes to the pure fighting, we get the highlight of the film, with the flat-out brutal fights we get to see. Each location is used to add to the fights, with each one easily being somewhere you could see in the background of any fighting game.

 

Mortal Kombat is a brutal action film that doesn’t hold back on the violence in the fights, even if the story isn’t that deep.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – X – Superman Returns (2006) Movie Review

Superman Returns is The Best Superman Movie

We are going under X because of the Lex Luthor Character, more clutching at straws and all.

Director: Bryan Singer

Writer: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris (Screenplay) Jerry Sigel, Joe Shuster (Characters)

Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington

Plot: Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.


Tagline – On June 30, 2006! Look Up In The Sky!

Runtime: 2 Hours 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Superman Returns starts when ruthless businessman Lex Luthor (Spacey) unleashes something new onto the world causing a massive blackout, forcing Superman (Routh) to save the day, including his co-worker Lois Lane (Bosworth), with the latest daring rescue, Superman is the talk of the world, putting the attention on Superman, while Lex Luthor is continuing his grander plan.

As Clark tries to get closer to Lois, Lex’s masterplan is revealed, forcing Superman to go into battle against one of his smartest opponents to save the world.

Thoughts on Superman Returns

Characters & Performances – Superman has been helping the humans for years now, he has crossed paths with Luthor in the past and now he is being forced out of his isolation to deal with the latest threat, while still trying to manage his own life as a human, searching for the connections he longs for. We get the most human version of Superman here, where he will continue to help and will deal with the problems any human will go through. Brandon Routh is very good in this role, in both sides of it, the out of place human as well as the superhero side of everything. Lois Lane is the reporter that has go close to Superman before and is the one he will do anything to help, they have a spark, while she has her own family, she always wants to make her own way as a reporter, looking for a story that will standout over the rest of the reporters. Kate Bosworth does well in this role, even if a large part of her role is being thrown around. Lex Luthor is the known master criminal that swindles money off people for a living, now he has a new plan, one that will be designed to make him rich that he could ever imagine, he brings a human threat to what Superman will need to face. Kevin Spacey is the star of this show, he is devilish evil with his character that we know will always be looking for more. Parker Posey does get some of the funniest lines in the film as Kitty Kowalski, one of Lex Luther’s inner circle, her delivery is so dead pan it helps things hit home taking away from the serious side to everything.

StorySuperman Returns takes us into a world where Superman has been around a while, as he needs to come out of hiding to stop Lex Luthor once again, whose new plan is pure evil and greed. This was designed as a reboot of the iconic hero, it works very well, moving away from the campy side the story had headed towards, bringing a more grounded and serious tone to everything. We do get the drama about the relationship between Superman and Lois, which does hold the bigger picture down, but the desire to take on evil, comes from well through the film.

ThemesSuperman Returns uses the action sequences to give us a large moment, including the airplane shuttle, which is brilliant, along with the plan that Lex has, which creates a whole new playground for the action to take part in.

Final Thoughts Superman Returns is one of the most enjoyable Superman movies out there, never getting to be built into the greatness we could well have seen.