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'Mortal Kombat' Movie Will Combine Fatalities With Grounded, Realistic Violence

'Mortal Kombat' Movie Will Combine Fatalities With Grounded, Realistic Violence

We've still not seen much of the upcoming live-action Mortal Kombat movie, but everything we've heard about the reboot sounds pretty bang-on. Warner Bros. and director Simon McQuoid have assembled a genuinely impressive cast to take on some of the most iconic roles in gaming, while screenwriter Greg Russo has been saying all the right things about the cast and crew's vision for the fighting game adaptation.

Now, actor Mehcad Brooks has joined in on the fun and added a little fuel to the hype train. Brooks, who was cast as Jax last year, recently teased that the Mortal Kombat movie will marry "grounded realism" and characters you'll really care about with extreme levels of violence. Sounds... interesting.

Mortal Kombat 11 / Credit: NetherRealm
Mortal Kombat 11 / Credit: NetherRealm

Speaking to podcaster Duncan Trussell, Brooks compared the movie to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, in that it adds a layer of complexity and reality to otherwise outlandish characters. Whether or not this means there'll be a segment in the movie in which Jax and Scorpion destroy an art gallery while Prince plays in the background remains to be seen, but I'd be okay with that.

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"When I approached Jax I was like okay, well, he's an assassin, he's a killer, and he kills monsters, so he has to be a monster," Brooks explained. "And I was stuck on this Ernest Hemingway quote, and I'm sure I'm gonna f-k it up, but it goes along the lines of 'Once you've hunted and killed trained men long enough, you have very little taste for anything else in the world,' and that's who Jax is."

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If some of your are worried all this means we're going to end up with a po-faced adaptation of Mortal Kombat that serves as a meditation on the futility of violence or whatever, you can relax. Brooks reassured listeners that everything you'd want from a Mortal Kombat movie will be present in the reboot, including fatalities and plenty of gore.

"Yes you're gonna get all the fatalities that you're used to, all the fight moves that you wanna see - of course, we had to put all that stuff in there," he said. "But you're also getting a real story about real people that you can connect with and identify with, and identify with their struggles, and that's the part that's gonna be really unexpected."

Mortal Kombat 11 / Credit: NetherRealm
Mortal Kombat 11 / Credit: NetherRealm
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This echoes what Russo said last year about the project. Specifically, that it would be R-rated, and that it would feature big screen fatalities for the first time ever. It was also implied that we'd be seeing some famous finishing moves taken straight from the games, so look forward to that.

I'm still not entirely sure how this supposed blend of the serious and extreme graphic violence is going to work, but I can't wait to see Mortal Kombat with my own eyes. It looks like the cast recently wrapped up filming on the project, and everything is still on track for the January 2021 release date.

Featured Image Credit: NetherRealm

Topics: Warner Bros, Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm, Movie

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Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.