Mortal Kombat - Much Better Embodiment
One of the well-known game franchises, Mortal Kombat, has finally re-released the film after it was last made in the 90s. This time, the film adapted from this film brought many cool actors, one of whom came from our country, namely Joe Taslim. Not only that, Joe Taslim’s role here is also very crucial. In this film, Mas Joe Taslim plays the role of Sub Zer (Bi Han) which is one of the most iconic characters in the Mortal Kombat game. However, what many are asking is whether this film will be a successful and good film when we see several films adapted from games, many of which end up being bad. Haven’t you seen this movie yet? Alright, let’s give some of our assessments regarding the Mortal Kombat movie. However, there are a few spoilers in this article.
Introducing a New Character in Mortal Kombat: Cole Young
The initial premise of the film directed by Simon McQuoid is similar to the game, namely a fighting tournament between the worlds of Earthrealm (earth) and Outworld (other worlds). Fans of the film adapted by this very sadistic game will present the characters in the game such as Scorpion, Sub Zero, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax, and many others. However, there is something new in this film, namely a character who is only in this game named Cole Young.
This character named Cole Young is an MMA fighter whose abilities are not so great. Cole’s goal of fighting is simply to earn money. However, his meeting with a fighter named Jax has changed the course of his life. Apparently, on the body of a geeky fighter has a birthmark in the shape of a dragon. Not only that, the birthmark shows that while Cole is not a great fighter, he is representative of Earthrealm in one of the saddest martial arts tournaments in the universe, Mortal Kombat.
The most important aspect that must exist in Mortal Kombat is the sadism. As we know, this fighting game displays a lot of bloody violence which is not appropriate for minors to enjoy. Unlike the previous films, which lacked Mortal Kombat, this 2022 Mortal Kombat film features brutal and bloody scenes like those in the game.
Unfortunately, the enjoyment of watching Mortal Kombat in its entirety is disrupted by the many censorship carried out by censorship agencies in this country. We try to be positive about this censorship because there are still many viewers who still think that films adapted from games or films about superheroes are films that can be enjoyed by children. The censorship carried out by LSF also seems very subtle in order to make this film look ‘not brutal’. In fact, there is already a label that this film can only be watched by viewers aged 17 years and over.
Scorpion’s Not Much Revenge
Talking about Mortal Kombat certainly cannot be separated from the two iconic ninja characters Scorpion and also Sub Zero (Bi Han). For those who don’t know, there are two Sub Zeros in the game, including Bi Han and Kuai Liang. In this Mortal Kombat film, it tells the story of the first Sub Zero, namely Bi Han. We, as Indonesians, are proud of the veteran actor from Palembang, Joe Taslim, who plays a very crucial character in this film. This time, Joe Taslim plays the first Sub Zero, namely Bi Han.
However, the thing that makes us a little disappointed is that the battle between the two ninjas is not much. The fight scene between Scorpion, played by a Japanese actor named Hiroyuki Sanada and also Sub Zero, played by Joe Taslim is not so much portion. The origin of why Hanzo Hasashi (Scorpion) has a bitter grudge is also not so much although it is still quite clear.
For us, there are things that are still lacking from this film, namely the scene where Cole Young is with his family which seems a little stiff. In our opinion, the character of Cole Young is also not so significant when looking at other characters who are more widely known. However, as a film adapted from a game, this Mortal Kombat reboot is still worth watching even though it’s not the best.