Warner Bros. just dropped the mic by making the new Mortal Kombat‘s opening seven minutes free to watch. Just days ahead of its release on HBO Max on Friday. The first seven minutes of Mortal Kombat‘s opening scene are dedicated to nothing else but one of the oldest rivalries in the franchise – the one between Sub-Zero and Scorpion.
The opening scene of Mortal Kombat depicts the idyllic life of Hanzo Hasashi, the man who would later become known as Scorpion. His daily chores are interrupted by the chilling murder of his wife and child, at the hands of Bi-Han, a.k.a. Sub-Zero (hence the ice and chill part). Before Hanzo gets a chance to deal with the man that killed his family, he addresses Bi-Han’s associates in a fight scene which sets the tone and narrative for the entirety of Mortal Kombat.
The video ends after a seven-minute mark, right before the Sub-Zero and Scorpion are about to throw hands. Anyone even vaguely familiar with the franchise knows the polar opposites of these two characters and how much they dislike each other. Anyone wishing to see more of the movie will have to wait until Friday when the film releases in theaters and on HBO Max.
According to the movie’s logline, the story centers around Cole Young, an MMA fighter who’s unaware of his heritage and connection with the Mortal Kombat tournament. He and other tournament champions united by the “blood of Hanzo Hasashi” will fight to save Earth-realm from the Outworld‘s invasion led by the soul-eating sorcerer Shang Tsung. The movie was released internationally on April 8, 2021, with a US release coming on April 23, 2021.
According to international reviews, the movie’s director Simon McQuoid understood and honored the film’s video game origins, including some memorable dialogue lines and the character’s signature moves. As such, Mortal Kombat’s appeal isn’t its lore, not in a broader sense, but its surreal fighting scenes laced with just enough characterization to make sense and establish a plot. The plot had to be “thickened” a bit to pass as a movie, considering the failures of the Mortal Kombat cinematic universe. And Scorpion’s desire for vengeance against Sub-Zero for the death of his family is a good starting point.
Considering that the blood of Hanzo Hasashi unites the Earth-realms defenders, we assume that the toddler from the video survived the Sub-Zero’s onslaught and unites the heroes in an attempt to avenge its father. The first seven minutes of the movie left many questions unanswered, and we must wait until Friday to find out more. Still, if the new Mortal Kombat continues in the same fashion as it started, full of blood and violence, it will have no problem keeping fans’ captivated.
With such fantastic fight choreography and effects, Mortal Kombat is a visual pleasure for the fans of the franchise and the genre. Nobody expects top-notch screenplay in the fantasy martial arts movie genre anyway, but we really hope that the new Mortal Kombat won’t disappoint.