A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages in violent fantasy based on the video game franchise.
Positive Role Models
Violence and vengeance are the prime motivators for most of the characters.
Some diversity in race and gender. Female warriors are as strong and brave as the male fighters.
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Violence & Scariness
Graphic fantasy violence throughout. Characters decapitated, with blood gushing out of their necks. Characters get their heads ripped out of their bodies, with their spinal cords dangling below. Spears to eyeballs. Slow-motion depiction of killings -- bullets entering bodies, for instance. Fighting with machine guns, rifles, swords, spears, cannons, flaming arrows. Monsters attack a family of three -- killing the husband, then on the verge of eating the baby before they're stopped. One of the male characters is kicked in the crotch. Demonic and monster imagery throughout. One-on-one fighting violence throughout.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief kissing. Johnny often flirts with Sonya, much to her annoyance.
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Some profanity, including "f--k" used twice. Also: "a--holes," "s--thead," "s--t," "d--k," "pissed," "hell." Middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Story, characters, and action inspired by the well-known video game franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms is a 2021 animated fantasy in which warriors from rival realms face off for the ultimate battle. Expect as much violence and gore as the video game franchise on which this is based. Characters are decapitated, with blood gushing out of their necks. Heads are ripped from bodies, with spinal cords still attached. Heads are blown off with rifle shots. Spears to the eyes. Slow-motion depiction of killings -- bullets entering bodies, for instance. A baby's head is nearly chewed off by a demon with razor-sharp teeth. One of the male characters is kicked in the crotch. Fighting with swords, spears, rifles, machine guns, axes, flaming arrows. Demonic and monster imagery throughout. Some profanity, including "f--k" used twice. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is as violent and bloody as the video game franchise on which it's based and is therefore best for fans of the video games and movies. Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms picks up where the previous movie, Scorpion's Revenge, left off, culminating in epic one-on-one battles that will determine the fate of the Earthrealm and those who live on it. Even those with only passing familiarity with the video game series should know what to expect in terms of the violence as heads are decapitated with gushing blood shooting out of necks, spears to eyes, and, of course, heads ripped out of bodies with the spinal cord trailing underneath. There's a story or two surrounding these fight scenes, but everything seems to just be structured to set up these bloody fights.
There's a fantasy hero/villain sameness to these characters, despite some backstories and a noble sacrifice of one of the character's godliness in order to fight to save the Earth. Otherwise, the only character who truly stands out is Johnny, who is really just another cocky action hero we've seen so many times before. Those who are fans of this movie franchise will surely enjoy what happens with these characters, but those unfamiliar with these stories and characters aren't likely to find this movie to be a good starting point.
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