Mortal Kombat offers fun action without much plot


Mortal Kombat provides a great story line, but continues to leave viewers wanting more.

Elias Olexa, Staff Writer

Mortal Kombat is an incredibly fun action movie, but it leaves the audience craving a better plot and characters. 

The action in Mortal Kombat is incredible. Not only are the visuals and CGI of the fights top-notch, but the choreography is incredibly well done as well. The way that fighters hit each other strikes a perfect balance between over-the-top superhero action, and the down-to-Earth exchange of blows of a Rocky movie. 

The action scenes are the main reasons to watch Mortal Kombat, especially because of their gore and flashy presentation

Although the action is great, areas such as plot and character development are underdeveloped and lackluster as a whole. 

The plot of the movie is serviceable, yet it leaves a lot to be desired. The story is surface-level and does not provide any complex or interesting themes that would have made it better. The scenes in the movie are like a ship: Their only purpose is to provide a reason to go from one action scene to another.

The characters are also shallow and have unrealistic motives and interactions with each other. Characters blindly trust one another in a way that is simply not natural. 

For example, when Sub-Zero is hunting Cole, the main character, Cole completely trusts Jax and follows his orders, despite only just meeting him. The motives of the characters are also quite unrealistic, and while Earthrealm is at stake, it is dubious that the characters have no problem risking their lives for a cause that they had only recently learned about. 

While the plot and characters may be subpar, it is widely understood that it is not what this movie is for and about. A fan of the Mortal Kombat series would enjoy this movie for its homage and faithful renditions of the characters as well countless nods to the games. 

Even someone who is not familiar with the game series could enjoy this movie because of its simple plot and still be hooked because of the action in the movie.

Overall, Mortal Kombat is a much better movie than the 1995 version. Viewers should give it a watch chance due to its outstanding action scenes and CGI.