I'm not usually one to look up the MPAA ratings for movies. But there came a point while watching the new Mortal Kombat that I got curious. A point sometime after hearing Kano, the notoriously aggro Australian mercenary, call someone a "fucking idiot" for what felt the like 50th time, but before the part where we see a surge of power bore a hole so cleanly through that someone's flesh that their spine — dripping with a few gorgeous chunks of meat — is all that remains of their torso in the end. Fatality : an essential term in the Mortal Kombat universe, and a concept that, way back when, got the video games in trouble among certain moralizers, abounds in the 2021 movie. Stabbed with icicles of their own blood, maimed by demon claws, literally disarmed, split in half: What the characters in this Mortal Kombat reboot endure is enough to make the bloodless action of Paul W.S. Anderson's 1995 movie, and its unfortunate sequel, look like kids' stuff. Which it was. Related Reviews How to Watch ‘Mortal Kombat’ Online: Stream the Film for Free on HBO Max ‘The Crime of the Century’ Trailer: Doc Scrutinizes Big Pharma and… Read full this story
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