HIROYUKI SANADA as Scorpion in New Line Cinema’s action adventure “Mortal Kombat,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Reaction: Mortal Kombat Opens Beautifully and Brutally

by Neil Bui

Later this month, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Mortal Kombat will finally be released and we hope to see it do justice for the video game series that debuted in 1995. And based on the first 13 minutes of the film I saw, I know it’ll deliver on that promise and more.

Warning: The following article containers spoilers to the unreleased film Mortal Kombat.

The opening scene of Mortal Kombat takes place in the 1600s and features Hiroyuki Sanada as pre-Scorpion Hanzo Hasahi of the Shirai Ryu facing off against Joe Taslim as pre-Sub-Zero Bi-Han of the Lin Kuei.

The sheer brutality of carnage unleashed on Scorpion’s family by Sub-Zero solidifies the deeply rooted hatred that the two characters share for one another as featured prominently in the lore of Mortal Kombat.

As Bi-Han leaves Hanzo to die after a fatal injury, Hanzo awakens to the cries of his infant daughter who was hidden by her mother beneath the floorboards of their home right before the attack began. As he crawls towards his home with dwindling strength, he suddenly combusts into flames and then disappears.

Suddenly following this sudden disappearance, the thunder god Raiden appeared from a lightning bolt striking the ground. He retrieves Hanzo’s daughter and then disappears as well.

In just 13 minutes, this new cinematic world introduces us to three of the seven classic characters from the original Mortal Kombat game and features brilliantly choreographed fighting that fully utilizes the martial arts experiences of these talented actors.

And Raiden’s supernatural appearance flows naturally with the preceding scenes taking place in feudal Japan with the on-brand action-packed fighting and graphic violence.

Mortal Kombat will be available on April 23rd, 2021. What do you hope to see in the film? Let us know in the comments below.

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