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