‘Mortal Kombat’ Review: Bad Reboot Delivers Brutal Fatality to the Future of Video Game Movies

‘Mortal Kombat’ Review: Bad Reboot Delivers Brutal Fatality to the Future of Video Game Movies
It’s hard to imagine a more succinct illustration of how Hollywood’s relationship to “nerd shit” (for lack of a better umbrella term to describe comic book and video game-based intellectual property) has evolved over the last 25 years than a comparison between the opening scene of 1995’s “Mortal Kombat” and that of Warner Bros.’ inevitable new re-imagining of the gory arcade brawler.

The original starts with the sound of a man yelling “Mortal Kommbbatttt!!!” at the top of his lungs as a glitchy rave-core anthem called “Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat)” freaks over a flaming credit sequence. From there, the title screen cools into a goofy prologue full of canted angles in which evil warlock Shang Tsung (played by human cut-scene Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) breaks some poor kid’s spine and then snarls “your brother’s soul is mine!” directly into the camera.

The whole thing lasts for about two minutes,
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