Will The “Mortal Kombat” Reboot Be Any Better Than Previous Movies?

Matthew Loffhagen
New Line Cinema
(Photo: New Line Cinema)

I’m not certain that, of all the brands in video games, “Mortal Kombat” really deserves yet another attempt at making a solid movie.

The video game franchise has already had a pair of cinematic adaptations, and neither of them are more enjoyable than simply sitting quietly in an empty room.

Sure, there are some people who enjoy them ironically, but those people are wrong. These films are not fun, even in their wackiest moments.

In spite of this, intrepid movie producers at New Line are putting together a third “Mortal Kombat” film, because apparently ‘90s nostalgia refuses to die.

This, naturally, leads to one big question: will the new “Mortal Kombat” be any more enjoyable than the previous two movies?

Rated R For Mature

In theory, this should be easy, considering just how much of a slog it is to sit through the existing pair of films.

In practice, though, I’m worried that a new “Mortal Kombat” will run into a whole new set of problems.

One nice thing about making a “Mortal Kombat” game in the modern era is that it can sport a hard R-rating without scaring audiences away.

Sub Zero Fatality
Source: Midway

Both the existing “Mortal Kombat” titles are PG-13, which never really seems congruous with a video game series that involves pulling people’s spines out through their necks.

This new movie can embrace the dark, gritty, grumpy, gory trend from modern years. Finally we can see the kind of gruesome fatalities that make the video games so memorable.

The only problem with this is that the new film is coming a little late to the party.

Darkness, No Parents

A few years ago, the series would have been perfectly poised to take advantage of the “Batman v Superman” ultra-serious hyperviolent movie trend.

Now, people are less interested in seeing this kind of over-the-top grimdark filmmaking. I worry that, R-rated or not, a “Mortal Kombat” reboot will either end up feeling a little dated, or overly silly.

Considering that both these problems are part of the reason why the previous movies turned out so poorly, I think we’ll just have to hope for the best.

Mortal Kombat Annihilation
Source: New Line Cinema

To wit, I think the upcoming movie could be better than what’s come before, but it could very easily end up falling into similar traps. It’ll take a strong artistic style and a carefully balanced tone to make this any more enjoyable than previous films in the series.

This all might work out. It’s going to be a bit of a longshot, though!