Mortal Kombat movie review - Aussieboyreviews


They’re not as violent, but they definitely are unrealistically bloody. Mortal Kombat is a martial arts fantasy with some of the game’s epic characters and a decent story.


MMA fighter Cole Young is a chosen young warrior unaware of his destiny. He must learn to unlock his powers and fight the enemies of Outworld.

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Movie details

Director: Simon McQuoid
Cast: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada
Writer: Greg Russo, Dave Callaham
Release Date (Australia): 22 April 2021
Runtime: 110 minutes/1h 50m
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Country: Australia, USA
Language: English, Japanese, Chinese


Themes (MA15+)

Several characters use supernatural abilities during fight scenes to inflict graphic injuries and kill enemies.

Violence (R18+)

The film features frequent fight scenes that include stabbings, dismemberment, disembowelment and a woman being sawed in half with a hat. These scenes are frequently accompanied by depictions of large blood sprays, as well as graphic wound and bone detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent use of the word “f**k”, in addition to use of the words “s**t”, “bitch” and “ass”. 

Sex (PG)

The film contains a crude sexual reference, including a character telling other characters to “suck his sack”.

mpaa rating

R (for strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Best suited for the fans of the games, fatalities and brutal fights, the new Mortal Kombat tale is an exciting, gory and grand reboot. However, newcomers to this series are likely to find the film tedious, so they are better off starting with the previous MK games and films. Still though, there’s always room for improvement and at least there’s plenty of those fantasy-action fights that we were expecting.

Now, what especially makes Mortal Kombat an acceptable reboot are the great-looking and well-constructed characters. They each have really awesome skills which make the battles even more appealing. But not only are the characters visually striking; they are fun and hilarious! Who in the world didn’t want the classic MK fighters to be silly and comical. Also, the CGI characters such as Goro and the Reptile make some of the unforgettable Mortal Kombat villains.

Yet there are plenty of people who will be disappointed by those characters. What was disappointing about the CGI characters is the fact that they would only appear for 5 minutes each throughout the movie and only for their fights. Other than that, the story was just fine. Yes it’s a decent idea for a start but if a sequel comes along, hopefully it won’t disappoint.

But this entertaining MK reboot is satisfying, and the characters, fights and fatalities are all impressive. This gory action-fantasy is certainly a great recommendation for those who love the games or violent martial arts fantasy films.

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