Continuing from Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge featured in 2020, many battles are accruing on Earth, and blood is being spilled thanks to Shao Kahn and his armies. Shoa Kahn and Raiden make an arrangement and go to the gods to make an ultimate deal to conduct one more final round of Mortal Kombat. Raiden agrees purely to prevent further deaths on Earth.
Now, Raiden, along with his small group of skilled warriors, will have to compete in the last round of Mortal Kombat to save the world. The ultimate fighters will determine the fate of all humans and the realms that surround the Earth. Among the group who will be competing are Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, Jax Briggs and many more. Fans of Mortal Kombat will also be excited to see many character appearances throughout this film, including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Smoke, and the list goes on.
For those who are not aware, this is an all-new animated feature. The animation here is highly pleasing and wonderful to see. Like the popular gaming franchise, this all-new feature includes plenty of bloody and violent on-screen kills. At first, I found this a little shocking but shortly after, I reminded myself that Mortal Kombat has no filter when it comes to blood. I soon found myself having a brainless and fun time with the high level of over-the-top violence or gore.
It’s nothing overly new watching characters coming together and fighting to save the world. But thankfully, what makes this film exciting is smaller character details, such as the back story of Liu Kang in the film’s opening scene. It’s moments like this that gives fun insights into the characters many fans love.
Voice work is great and memorable. Joel McHale as Johnny Cage is one character out of the many which truly pleased me. Some characters are quite focused and determined, while others lighten the film’s tone and mood. It’s a solid combination, and each character on-screen was enjoyable to watch. The plot is generally unpredictable and, like the action, again, very brainless. I had a great time for most of the film, but I was extremely disappointed by the final act, which consisted of two climaxes and lengthy boss fights. By the second and final battle, I felt the movie had already finished, and the film overstayed its welcome when it could have ended on a higher note.
Overall, fans who love anything related to Mortal Kombat will certainly have fun with this new animated instalment. It is gory, bloody and violent, but mostly, it’s highly brainless and entertaining. The film makes bold moves with its plot and the characters many love. It is nothing but fun, but I can’t deny its double boss battle, and the climax makes the film feel like it overstayed its welcome. Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (2021) is now available on Bluray and DVD.