I remember seeing both of the 90's based Mortal Kombat films in the theater, and while they don't hold up well to the test of time, not that the second one made a great impact the first time around, I enjoyed them back in the day. Though I waited in anticipation of a third film, time came and went, and Mortal Kombat eventually left my vocabulary as both a video game and film series.
Then 2019 hit, and rumbling started making the internet rounds about a new film in the works. With so many films being in speculation mode, and then falling back into dark crevices, I took the rumors with a grain of salt. The pandemic followed a year later, and the film once again fell off my radar.
However, something interesting happened as 2021 geared up. Not only was the film in its final stages of post production, but it was coming to HBOMax. The film went from a, "Yeah, I guess I'll watch that," to full blown excitement upon seeing the teaser trailer.
Well, today was the day I got to sit down and give the rebooted film a viewing. In short, it was okay. Going off memories, I want to say the original 90's film was better. I think the biggest flaws for me were the fact that a tournament didn't actually happen. I'll try not to spoil the film, but this starts out as the premise, and is even the main focal point of the trailer. However, when it comes down to it, that plot is abandoned completely, and in the end it just turns into good versus evil fighting it out in general.
Overall, it was a decent film, and I'd see a sequel. If for nothing else, to see what "new" characters get introduced to the world. I know a lot of people complained that Johnny Cage wasn't in the film, but he gets an honorable mention in sequel baiting, but not by name.
It's by no means a perfect film, but if you want a good popcorn movie with a lot of action and violence, then this one is definitely worth checking out. It's a solid nod to the video game franchise it originates from, and if nothing else, serves as a good escape from a couple hours of the day.