'Mortal Kombat: Scorpion's Revenge' Review Roundup - As Bloodthirsty As The Games
Tired of waiting for the Mortal Kombat live-action movie to get your dose of feature-length violence? Not to worry, because there's an all-new animated movie out that should fill that particular void. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge is out now, and according to critics, it's just as brutal as the video game series on which it's based.
The official synopsis, in case you've missed our last few articles on the movie, is as follows:
"Based on the worldwide hit game created by Ed Boon & John Tobias, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge spotlights the once-in-a-generation tournament between the champions of Outworld and Earthrealm - a competition that will ultimately determine the fate of Earth and all its citizens. Lord Raiden, protector of Earthrealm, must gather the greatest fighters of his realm to defend it from the evil Shang Tsung in the battle to end all battles - Mortal Kombat!"
While I've yet to watch it myself, Scorpion's Revenge is available digitally now and appears to be going down pretty well with fans and critics alike. Kotaku argued that it doesn't exactly offer a mindblowing experience, but that it does deliver pretty much everything you'd want from a Mortal Kombat movie. In other words, two hours of "egregious violence".
IGN wrote that Scorpion's Revenge is at its most entertaining when it focuses on the "basic franchise staples: gory martial arts action and a self-deprecating sense of humour". Unfortunately, they didn't seem to think that the movie offers much else beyond that.
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"Scorpion may be the main character but the film never finds anything interesting or insightful to say about him," concluded the review. "It was a promising idea to revisit the original Mortal Kombat story from Scorpion's point of view, but in execution it feels like a missed opportunity."
Gamespot, meanwhile, praised the movie's action sequences and faithful approach to over-the-top violence. Once again though, problems were raised with the paper thin plot, as well as the way in which the film struggles to jump between various tones. Flickering Myth were slightly more optimistic with a four-star review, while Daily Star called it the "most violent video game adaptation ever released" in a three-star review.
Finally, Ready Steady Cut concluded in another three-star review that "Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge wants to have its cake and eat it when it comes to telling a compelling origin story and retelling the classic tournament tale, but it has enough blood-soaked martial arts action to be a good time nonetheless."
As expected then, the latest Mortal Kombat flick seems to be a thoroughly decent affair that doesn't do anything particularly exciting outside of what you'd want from a Mortal Kombat flick. That sounds like a pretty decent way to spend two hours, if you ask me.
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