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The first trailer for the live-action Mortal Kombat movie is here, and it is as violent as you'd expect an R-rated adaptation of an R-rated video game franchise to be. Yep, this movie is not for the faint of heart.
After a few weeks of teasers and a day of posters giving us in-depth looks at each of the game's main characters, it's finally time to settle in and watch the likes of Sub Zero, Scorpion, and Jax punch one another into meaty chunks. You know what? Let's just get right down to it. You can see the trailer below.
As a fan of the games, I'm picking up what director Simon McQuoid is putting down here. From the outfits and locations to the way the fighters absolutely batter one another with no regard for the sanctity of life, this is Mortal Kombat through and through. We even get the briefest hint of some of best fatalities from the video games. Scorpion even says "get over here!" I'm in heaven.
Mortal Kombat will be headed to cinemas and HBO Max on April 16, and features a fantastic cast that are all set to embody the most iconic characters from the games. The lineup includes Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson "Jax" Briggs, Josh Lawson as Kano, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, and the brilliant Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero.
"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," Jax actor Mecahd Brooks said to podcaster Duncan Trussell last year. "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."
Are we in store for a genuinely good video game movie? God help us, we just might be.
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