Ahead of Friday’s wide release, Warner Bros. has dropped the first seven minutes of the upcoming R-rated Mortal Kombat film, the first film in the Mortal Kombat franchise since 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Mortal Kombat, via Warner Bros.:
In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?
Based on the gruesome first trailer for the film, it appears as though the greatest strength of Mortal Kombat will be its self-awareness, as it leans all the way into the inherent gory absurdness of the Mortal Kombat franchise:
Mortal Kombat — which stars Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki Sanada — hits theaters and HBO Max in the United States on Friday, April 16. We’ll be reviewing the film over on the Post-Credit Podcast, so make sure to subscribe and check that out.
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