Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020)



Movie Title: Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge

Year Released: 2020

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 20min

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Director: Ethan Spaulding

Writer: Jeremy Adams

Starring: Patrick Seitz, Steve Blum, Jordan Rodrigues, Darin De Paul, Joel McHale, Jennifer Carpenter, Ike Amadi, Artt Butler, Robin Atkin Downes, Grey Griffin, Dave B. Mitchell, Kevin Michael Richardson, Fred Tatasciore

Review: Hanzo Hasashi (Patrick Seitz) loses his clan, family, and his life during an attack by a rival ninja clan. He is given the chance to compete in an interdimensional tournament to save his loved ones while fighters Johnny Cage (Joel McHale), Sonya Blade (Jennifer Carpenter), and Liu Kang (Jordan Rodrigues) try to save the Earthrealm from annihilation.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge is a lesser-known, animated adaptation in the Mortal Kombat universe. And you know what? Despite it being an animated film, it is MUCH bloodier and gorier than its predecessors (Mortal Kombat (1995) and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation). I really liked this film for a multitude of reasons. For starters, it really stays true to the source material of the video game, and it focuses on all of the beloved primary characters that made the game appealing in the first place. Admittedly, I was shocked by how violent this movie was, and not because I can't handle the violence, but mainly because it was so bizarre to see this depicted in an animated sense. The animation isn't particularly beautiful, but it certainly isn't poor. The X-ray motif from the video game is present, and the fatality finishing moves are aplenty as our heroes and villains maim, de-limb, and decapitate one another with regularity.

I also thought the voice cast in this film was done really well. Not only do a lot of voice actors from the game reprise their roles, but Joel McHale is perfectly cast as Johnny Cage. McHale's wit, charisma, and sarcasm are conveyed perfectly to a character that possesses many of those similar traits. Jennifer Carpenter of Dexter fame is also perfectly cast as the badass Sonya Blade. All in all, this movie does a really good job following the source material, telling a compelling story, and focusing on a good-old-fashioned revenge plot that's more than meets the eye. Despite my initial skepticism, I think all fans of Mortal Kombat should give this movie their time -- once you get past the initial shock and awe of an incredibly violent and graphic first act!

Stars (out of 4):
       

Fun Fact: This is the first film in the Mortal Kombat franchise to get an R rating.



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