Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat ★★

An inverse Big Trouble In Little China with none of the charm, an over-serious Masters Of the Universe, a monument to the hubris of premature franchise building on par with the The Dark Universe.

In truth, there are a number of solid pieces here (the cast commits to the bit, it looks gorgeous, THA GAWDS Hiroyuki Sanada & Joe Taslim) but the script is dead on arrival. More importantly, the action is there on paper/in choreography, but it is all framed and edited so weightlessly. Fighting ninjas and demons should never be this boring. Just the same, for a game whose very success is built off of shock & gore value, the much hyped R-rating is wasted on drab CGI blood spurts. Watching a gamer play the latest Mortal Kombat on youtube or twitch might be more entertaining.