In Mortal Kombat (2021), MMA fighter Cole Young finds himself teamed up with a group of Earth’s best fighters under the guidance of Lord Raiden to go up against Sub-Zero and other Outworld warriors. Directed by Simon McQuoid, the film stars Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ludi Lin, Mehcad Brooks, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano and Max Huang. The martial arts fantasy film, based on a widely popular video game, is now available in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. YouTuber Perri Nemiroff shares her thoughts on the highly anticipated film.
In the end, the script for this movie just isn’t very good and even the visuals weren’t as impressive as I was hoping they would be.
After all the hype and hoop-la surrounding the film, the YouTuber is quite unimpressed, claiming a messy script, a few weak CGI moments, and a lead character who for lack of a better word was “a little flat.”
The YouTuber feels the film fails to take the time and world build expecting the audience to already be familiar with the realm of Mortal Kombat, when in fact, only audiences who are familiar with the popular 90’s video game and previous films would understand.
One aspect of the film Nemiroff does enjoy is the performance from Max Huang as Kung Loa and Ludi Lin as Liu Kang. Huang’s confidence and the way he carries himself as the character translates into an engaging character, says the YouTuber, making him by far her favorite in the film.
It was Liu Kang who got me the closest, I would say to believing that they were part of something very important, upping the stakes of the whole movie in the process. And Kung Lao ended up being my favorite character of the film by far.
YouTuber Perri Nemiroff rates and reviews new movies and TV shows on her channel weekly.