But Does It Have That Iconic ‘Techno Syndrome’ Sound?
We are living in a Mortal Kombat world right now. The original 1995 movie is on Netflix, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Edition is fantastic, and the new movie has finally announced when it will be airing on HBO Max (surprise, surprise, it was delayed after the pandemic happened). We’ve talked about the reboot before–mostly to discuss the cast list, wonder about where James Wan will go with this, and geek out over Ludi Lin’s Twitter leaks–but we’re extra happy to share good news, like a concrete release date shared on the official movie Twitter. Beyond that, it’s always fun to talk about Mortal Kombat. Mostly because the second we read those words, the theme song starts playing in our heads. We really, really hope that iconic sound makes it into the new movie, which will now be released on April 16th, 2021.
— Mortal Kombat Movie (@MKMovie) December 14, 2020
Whether you consider the original Mortal Kombat movie to be ‘good’ or not is mostly a matter of taste, but you can’t deny that it captures the spirit of the games in a way few video game movies do (also, Christopher Lambert’s Raiden is great). We just wonder if the reboot might be able to do, you know, more. Now that Sonic the Hedgehog has shown the world that these movie adaptations don’t have to suck, will we finally get an inarguably good Mortal Kombat movie? Ideally, one which still has the audience punching the air when the theme song plays?
We can only hope it turns out well, though Ludi Lin playing Liu Kang and Joe Taslim playing Sub-Zero are definite pluses from our end. Those two have actual martial arts backgrounds and they can probably carry the film on their own. And hey, if worst comes to worst, we’ll always have the original movie to fall back on. Even if the only special effect that aged well is the dead white film over Scorpion’s eyes.