Wow, this was highly unexpected, I was hoping it was going to be good, but didn’t expect it to be this good. I watched this movie Wednesday, and was very surprised. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, is a brand new movie based on the Mortal Kombat video game franchise, in the UK this animated feature is rated 18, and for very good reason, it’s full of ultra gore and violence.
The film stars the voice cast: Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade, Joel McHale as Johnny Cage, Steve Blum as Sub-Zero, Ike Amadi as Jax Briggs, Artt Butler as Shang Tsung, Darin De Paul as Quan Chi, Robin Atkin Downes as Kano and Shinnok, Grey Griffin as Kitanna, Kevin Michael Richardson as Goro, Dave B. Mitchell as Raiden, Jordan Rodrigues as Liu Kang, Patrick Seitz as Scorpion and Fred Tatasciore as Shao Khan. It has been directed by Ethan Spaulding, a guy who has directed a number of the DC animated films, Justice League Throne of Atlantis, Freedom Fighters The Ray The Movie, Son of Batman, and he co-directed Batman Assault on Arkham with Jay Olivia. He is also a major storyboard artist on many animated projects.
Part of the film’s plot is obvious, Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade are recruited by Raiden to compete in Mortal Kombat, to defend Earth Realm from Outworld. However that is technically the film’s subplot. The film’s main plot focuses on Scorpion, who after witnessing his family murdered by the hands of Sub-Zero, is brought into the Mortal Kombat tournament by Quan Chi, using him as a pawn, as he has plans of his own, by simply offering him the one thing Scorpion wants most of all, revenge.
The film is littered with numerous great action sequences, which are all super gory and violent, and even includes the x-ray bone breaking sequences that appear in the games.
Johnny Cage provides many of the film’s humorous moments, as would be expected from the character, with dialogue which includes;
Liu Kang: Liu Kang of the White Lotus Society.
Johnny Cage: Johnny Cage of the superstar variety, but you probably knew that. And you are?
Sonya Blade: Not interested.
Johnny Cage: Oh, you will be. They always are.
Raiden: We are approaching the veil.
Johnny Cage: Who’s that? Let me guess. He’s kinda our Merlin?
Liu Kang: That is Lord Raiden, Protector of Earthrealm.
Johnny Cage: Boom! Nailed it. Wait. Earthrealm? Did you guys get a script already or something? Look, I’d love a copy. I have no idea what you’re talking about, but I am pretty good at improv, so, uh… Lord Raiden, right? Good to meet you. So, tell me more about this veil.
Raiden: The space between realms to prevent Outworld from merging with Earthrealm.
Sonya Blade: Prevented by what?
Raiden: Always the soldier. Evaluating risks. What guards the veil is of less consequence than what it does so. if Shao Kahn wins this tournament, Earth as you know it will cease to exist.
Johnny Cage: Not to fear, Lord Raiden. I, Johnny Cage, will make sure that Earthrealm, so dumb, will be safe from harm. You have my word on it.
Finally we are getting some decent video game based movies, and with this movie, and Mortal Kombat Legacy and Mortal Kombat Legacy II, the future of the Mortal Kombat franchise on screen is looking promising. I will go into next year’s big screen outing with a open mind however, it could just end being as bad as Mortal Kombat Annihilation LOL!
The animation is great, the plot and script is spot on, the violence and gore is slightly surprising for an American animated production, with certain visuals usually only seen in Japanese Anime projects. It’s extreme, and a breath of fresh air, I hope there’s a sequel, I highly recommend this film.
I rate this movie, 5 out of 5.