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Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat
Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat

The Mortal Kombat reboot just dropped a trailer, and it’s gory, it’s sick, it’s brutal, and it’s everything you love about Mortal Kombat. Watch it, then we are gonna break it down.

We got badass Mortal Kombat veteran Sonya doing a voice-over explaining the tournament as Jax explores an iced-over building. But Jay, are we sure this is Jax? He has his normal two arms. Patience! We get our first peek into Sub-Zero, freezing bullets mid-fire and tearing off Jax’s frozen arms in the gory display. I’m already sold from this scene alone, and Sub-Zero looks excellent. For those that may not be aware, multiple people take the mantle of Sub-Zero. This is Bi-Han, the first and the most brutal Sub-Zero and Scorpion’s most hated enemy. He is being played by Joe Taslim, who absolutely killed it in The Raid. Watch The Raid.

Next, we are introduced to some guy named Cole, an MMA fighter. Who is Cole? He has the MK logo on his chest. It’s a birthmark; Jax says it means he is chosen. I’m going to keep an eye on this guy, I understand movies wanting to add a new character for the audiences to absorb information through, but I think a franchise as big as Mortal Kombat doesn’t need it. Where’s Johnny? Seriously. 

Sonya explains how the tournament functions, gathering fighters from across cultures and realms, and Cole is looking at his reflection where we see one of the best MK characters, Scorpion, staring right back at him. We know Scorpion’s origin and his hatred of Sub-Zero is being explored in this reboot where Hiroyuki Sanada takes on the role of the Ninja from Hell. Hiroyuki Sanada is an absolute legend, and his role in this film really elevates it. We see him pre-Scorpion as Hanzo Hasashi taking on some enemies, using a rope to fashion his signature kunai weapon quite possibly before meeting his end at the hands of Sub-Zero.

Courtesy of HBO Max 

We then get an introduction to Earthrealm’s Champions, Sonya, Kano, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Jax returns with his signature bionic arms, and Lord Raiden drops it like it’s hot. Wait, Kano…? Kano…? Where’s Johnny?! Kano makes no sense here, and his blatant betrayal will be apparent. One big bonus is that we do see everyone using their signature moves and weapons. Simon McQuoid is really showing this franchise love. 

Next, we see an incredible statue of Shao Kahn, the series’ most notable villain, and Mileena, who got me wishing it was Megan Thee Stallion instead. Shang Tsung looks excellent, and Liu Kang shows off his fire dragon fatality, which looks fantastic. 

We got glimpses of some of the epic battles with Chameleon, Kabal, and GORO! Goro looks impressive. It’s like they pulled him out of the game. I can’t tell who he is fighting, but I can assure you they die. 

Courtesy of HBO Max

Scorpion faces off with Sub-Zero, whose introduction is chilling. He then shows off another display of his ice power, freezing Scorpion’s blood and stabbing him with it. This movie can do no wrong if it keeps these scenes up. Sub-Zero is definitely carrying this trailer which shows how epic every scene of his is. Scorpion makes sure he isn’t forgotten as he lets out his classic line, “GET OVER HERE,” right before the title screen. Afterward, we have Shang Tsung letting out his own classic, “Finish Them!” right before an incredible montage of fighters being murdered brutally. Consider me sold, although I have to ask once again: Where is Johnny? Mortal Kombat drops April 16, 2021, on HBO Max. And you can be sure, I’ll be reviewing it then, so keep your eyes peeled for more.

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