Mortal Kombat

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Silly, gory but great-looking and fun martial arts fantasy.

R 2021 110 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 45 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Not Bad

I know nothing of Mortal Kombat and I enjoyed it. My 12 year old plays the game and it was all of the same characters. There was quite a bit of blood and guts and violence and the unnecessary f words through out...but if your child can handle the gore and the few curse words it is a good story line.

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age 15+

Solid but Straightforward Entertainment for Older Kids and Up

Mortal Kombat is a more straight-faced version of the original movie from the early-90's, all the way down to an almost identical story (which, having played a few of the games isn't necessarily the 'canonical' story, at least as far as I'm aware), the big difference being that it's vastly more straight-faced. Normally, I would consider this to be bad thing, as the over-the-top violent nature that allowed the original to fly on absurdity alone, is all but gone entirely, swapped for something that expects you take it seriously. Now, having said that, the movie actually works on its own terms, and when approached from a Family Movie standpoint, it's actually not bad, but the message is incomplete. This movie appears to be Part 1 of a 2+ Part movie franchise, and while I appreciate the themes here (such as Family is Important and Arrogance Leads to Oblivion), the movie does these messages in a half-hearted way. Don't get me wrong - What we get is good, but since there's clearly meant to be at least a Second part to this series, everything feels under-developed, and until we get the next part of the franchise, I'd recommend this to Adults only (I rank it as 15+ as that's what I will recommend once the movie series is complete). It's certainly entertaining, and the messages are there, if plain, but it's certainly worth a watch.

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