MORTAL KOMBAT: It’s a Promise of Blood, Gore & Fatalities as Official Images and Plot Details Drop for the Anticipated Reboot!

By: John M Jerva

We are just over three months until the highly anticipated reboot for Mortal Kombat finally hits theaters as well as HBOMAX and we finally have our first official look as EW has dropped some fresh pics for the movie. This film is shaping up to be a blood soaked love letter to the fans who have been screaming for an honest on screen interpretation of the video game. Check out the images and plot details below!

Along with the new images, EW also spoke to director Simon McQuoid and he chats about all the action, blood and gore that will be awaiting fans as well as the anticipated fatalities that are a intricate part of the iconic video game. He also delivered details about some of the plot which is highlighted by a feud that comes directly from the video game.

Mortal Kombat, produced by Todd Garner and Aquaman‘s James Wan, begins with a crucial piece of lore from the original games: the blood feud between the clans of Hanzo and Bi-Han (Warrior‘s Joe Taslim). The 10-minute opening sequence kicks off in feudal Japan, long before these fighters wielded supernatural abilities as Scorpion and Sub-Zero, and it ends in “a pretty nasty hand-to-hand combat” between the two, McQuoid says. It’s why the first-time feature filmmaker cast Sanada and Taslim, two actors known for their martial arts prowess. “[Hanzo’s] the leader of a ninja clan and he’s strong, but also… at the beginning, he’s a peaceful family man,” Sanada says. “It is like a family drama with excitingly brutal fighting. That’s the image of this movie for me,” he adds.

Another big part of the article delved into Lewis Tan’s character which was a mystery up until now. We now know that his name is Cole and that he’s a brand new character who is an MMA fighter. Cole is a human that gets swept up in the tournament that’ll decide the fate of this world and many others.

“When we first meet Cole, he’s in a really bad spot,” Tan says. “He’s down on his luck. He’s kind of a washed-up MMA fighter who used to be a champion, who used to believe in himself, who used to have a lot of hope in his career. And it’s all gone down the drain. It’s a very interesting place for a hero to start, and I think that, along the journey of Mortal Kombat and Cole discovering where he comes from, you’re introduced to all these other iconic characters and elements that everybody loves so dearly.”

Cole knows nothing of his heritage aside from the mysterious birthmark on his chest — in the shape of the Mortal Kombat symbol. Tan remains mum on how this birthmark connects to the character’s origins but agrees “it’s a unique symbol” that “will eventually tie into the journey that he’s going on.” It remains the only clue Cole has when the sinister sorcerer and emperor of the realm Outerworld, Shang Tsung (Skyscraper‘s Chin Han), sends Sub-Zero, now with his cryomancy powers, to hunt him down.

More ambitious plot details were also revealed that include other characters like Lord Raiden, Sonya Blade and Major Jackson Briggs. This is looking like an origin story once again so hopefully it goes well enough to become a franchise and we will see more brutal adventures in the universe.

Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs (Supergirl‘s Mehcad Brooks), a special forces major who bears the same mark as Cole, urges him to seek out Sonya Blade (The Meg‘s Jessica McNamee). She ferries him onward to the next leg of the journey, to the thunderous Elder God known as Lord Raiden (Thor‘s Tadanobu Asano), who grants sanctuary at his temple to all those with the mark. There, Cole encounters even more recognizable characters from the Mortal Kombat games — Liu Kang (Power Rangers‘ Ludi Lin), Kung Lao (actor and stuntman Max Huang), and Kano (Superstore‘s Josh Lawson) — as they all train for a high-stakes tournament to defeat the invading enemies from Outerworld.

It has been well documented that the film will not be like the other two films in that it will be a heavy R and will include all the violence that fans come to expect from the franchise. With the amount of talent involved, this reboot is shaping up to hopefully deliver the bone crunching and brutal fisticuffs that fans have been craving for years since this project was announced. McQuoid was fast to put people at ease and promises the violence that is expected from the game.

“Out of context this quote might seem incendiary, it’s not: The rules around ratings aren’t what a lot of people think they are,” he says. “It’s amount of blood, it’s amount of red, it’s interpretation of how you go about it. We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities.” He pauses to repeat what he just said. “And there is gore, blood, and fatalities.”

Fatalities, fans know all too well, are finishing moves when opponents fight snd it often includes severed spines, buckets of blood and more. When the previous films hit in the 90’s and were rated PG-13, it was a sore spot with die hard fans.

“There are some crazy fatalities,” Tan confirms. “We’ve picked a couple of iconic ones. There’s a lot of really cool signature moves that you’ll see, a lot of Easter eggs that we snuck into the film, but there are some really badass fatalities that I can’t wait to see on the big screen. They’re brutal, man. They, they don’t hold back.” At the same time, McQuoid “didn’t want to get into NC-17 territory.” He notes, “It’s amazing how quickly you can get there. It doesn’t take much.” At least, not for a Mortal Kombat movie.

As you all know, this movie made my top 10 list for most anticipated films of the year and with these new images and descriptions, I think martial arts action fans are in for a real treat.

Simon McQuoid helms the film with Aquaman’s James Wan producing along with Garner with the script being written by Greg Russo. The cast is a great mix of international talent including Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Chin Han as Shang Tsun, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Cadwell as Nitara, and Sisi Stringer as Mileena. Lewis Tan will be playing the role of Cole Young.

Mortal Kombat hits theaters and HBOMAX simultaneously on April 16. Be on the lookout for the trailer when it hits and you’ll see it here as we are your destination for everything action!

Check out the EW images in the gallery below!

Source: EW- https://ew.com/movies/mortal-kombat-first-look-lewis-tan-joe-taslim-hiroyuki-sanada/

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