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First Mortal Kombat live-action short is as classy and serious as the games aren't. Also great

Whether you like Mortal Kombat are not, you have to admit that class and subtley have never been the series' focus. Excess, shclock, gore and garish, lurid black comedy. That's Mortal Kombat, and we wouldn't have it any other way. It is then, a bit jarring - but in no way unpleasant - to see a bit of Mortal Kombat media executed with style, gloss, mood and finesse. And that's what's happened here, with the first part of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy live-action series.

Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, the man behind the rather excellent reimagined, real-world Mortal Kombat short "Rebirth", part one is a grimy, punchy re-telling of one of Sonya and Jax's early run-ins with a pre-metal-face Kano and the Black Dragon group. There's also a couple of nice foreshadowing references, and the promise of much more reworked MK lore to come in the next nine parts. It's worth a watch however you feel about the game series.

Impressed so far? Intrigued as to how Tancharoen is going to reimagine the series' more fantastical elements in this tone? Secretly hoping he just makes a long, episodic version of his Rebirth film? I am, but how about you?

April 12th, 2011

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22 comments

  • Swole - April 28, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    Bout time they made this
  • Shagnasty - April 16, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Never seen an XM8 model outside of a game. That thing was just silly looking. Leave it to the Brits to make a cartoony gun.
  • 435 - April 14, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    That was a hell of a lot better than I was expecting.
  • tifanity - April 13, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Pretty decent. Already looks better than Annihilation :D
  • OriginalJonty - April 13, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    Enjoyed that. It sets up the series nicely and coupled with the Rebirth trailer i have high hopes for this.
  • SlinkyDink - April 13, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    "Whether you like Mortal Kombat are not" Where is your grammar cleric?
  • BladedFalcon - April 13, 2011 3:55 a.m.

    Quality is great, and I love the nods and foreshadowing. (That bit with Kano and the eye was the best scene of the episode, if you ask me.) I'm also fine with this more serious take on the MK universe... What I'm not so okay with is that apart from few stylistic choices, the main actions, plot and scenes felt like I've seen them in some form before in other movies. I am confident that future episodes will feel more original than this, still watching this episode didn't give me the warm fuzzies that "Rebirth" did. Now THAT felt incredibly satisfying and original, echoing what many have already said, i hope the director takes more from that from now on.
  • mattersnotnow - April 13, 2011 1:42 a.m.

    Black Dynamite/Al Simmons + Helo!!!
  • lewisniven - April 12, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    nice, should be interesting to see how the weave the Borg into this one ;)
  • Corsair89 - April 12, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    That was really good. The quality is very impressive and everything was very well done.
  • jackthemenace - April 12, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    Whoa. I wish I knew more about MK in general, so I could actually appreciate that, but even without knowing all the story, that still looked pretty awesome :D
  • shotgunalchemist - April 12, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    Halo from Battlestar in a Mortal Kombat mini series. You just can't make stuff like that up.
  • Teegro - April 12, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    It was good, enjoyable and all that but I couldn't help feel like Kyo in that it didn't feel like MK in anything other than using the names. To be honest the closest thing I could think of to match it is Punisher: War Zone. It's no where near as crap as Frank castles last outing but it felt quite cheesy and punctuated by random swearing and out of tone violence. The previous "instalment" felt more closer to the MK tone and I'm holding thats going to be the way the series will go. Also who wants to bet that this series will get released in the same way as the Animatrix/ Gotham Knight/ Halo Legends? It's being pushed by Warner now so it makes sense!
  • Kyo - April 12, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    I loved it, was a great watch.. but damn it couldn't feel less like MK if it had a young elven boy with a sword and a fairy >.> Hope the later eps(which obviously will feature subzero and scorpion) will feel like the MK we know and love
  • Zeokroe - April 12, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Woot woot. I enjoyed this.
  • wampastompa - April 12, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    I am so filled with fan-boyish glee right now. This is the best thing to happen to the MK franchise.
  • AlmightyFuzz - April 12, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    This is great, I really enjoyed. Looking forward to the next episode.
  • Ninja-Monkey-91 - April 12, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Really liked it. Will be interesting to see what route it takes once the fantasy elements start coming in. Shows a lot of promise though. Here's hoping it leads to a full fledged film or TV series.
  • gmknoble - April 12, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    I can dig it.
  • gdubbs359 - April 12, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    A great start. Interesting ideas, and a new look for the franchise. Already more exciting then th actual MK movies.

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