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Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Extremely violent video game-based movie has gore, language.

Movie R 2021 79 minutes
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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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