Mortal Kombat Movie Trailer: 7 Ups & 3 Downs

Flawless victory! ...almost.

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The trailer for Simon McQuoid's Mortal Kombat movie just dropped, and it's safe to say that viewers are in for a wild ride with this one. Despite being a first-time director, McQuoid can certainly brag about generating a phenomenal trailer.

This epic tease looks incredibly exciting and has a lot of information to unpack.

Still, trailers do not necessarily capture the quality of a film. Too often, fantastic advertisements have suckered everyone into watching a movie that ended up disappointing them. But, if the title is even half as decent as this trailer, then MK fans are in for a treat.

This first glimpse at the MK movie paints a really strong picture of what to expect, and a lot of it is overwhelmingly positive. There are, however, one or two downsides to the advertisement that beg some essential questions, and hopefully, those will be answered either in further trailers or by merely watching the film.

An honourable mention which won't receive its own entry but should be noted is the excellent use of the classic MK theme at the end of the trailer. Many a player likely popped with excitement when hearing that.

10. Up - Visual Effects That Are Actually Good This Time


The last big release of a live-action MK flick was the original Paul W.S Anderson movie from 1995 and the subsequent sequel in 1997. Both of these films had some charm about them, but it's safe to say that they really did not do justice to the source material - as is often the case with video-game adaptations. One of the major sticking points for the movies was their rather abhorrent CGI and general visual effects.

Well, one thing is for sure, and it's that this movie certainly doesn't look as cheap and goofy as the franchises last cinematic attempt. The budget here is clearly far greater, and this is evidenced by the "flawless" VFX that are on display.

Jax's arms, Zero's Ice and Liu Kang's dragon are just some of the best examples, but going through this trailer bit by bit will reveal many more. Sure, adverts always take the best moments from the movies and use them to paint a general picture, but you can always tell if the VFX will be good, as could be seen in the poor quality of the DCEU's Wonder Woman trailer.

It looks like McQouid will be going for a nice mix of CG and practical effects, and this trailer shows off just how great they are.


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