Live-Action Mortal Kombat: Legacy–Episode 1

In 1995, Mortal Kombat fans rejoiced when their favorite game made it to the silver screen. The result was… pretty bad. Despite itself, it was a box office hit, so in 1997, a sequel was released, and it was… even worse. Much worse.

Well, along with the highly-anticipated reboot of the game series has come another live-action incarnation of Mortal Kombat. Watch Episode 1 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, below:

The production quality is top-notch, and I’m impressed that the producers managed to get Jeri Ryan–best known as 7 of 9 from Star Trek: Voyager–to play Sonya Blade, but the pervasive stench of cheese had me cringing my way through this video. Things pick up when the actors stop spouting their hackneyed dialogue and start killing each other, but after spending over half the episode trudging through an unimaginative plot, it’s clear that the producers have not captured the essence of the franchise.

Mortal Kombat fans are not difficult to please. All we want is people wearing true-to-game costumes, beating each other to a pulp in the most violent manner imaginable. How screenplay writers continue to botch this after over a decade is beyond me.

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3 Comments on Live-Action Mortal Kombat: Legacy–Episode 1


On April 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

The video was 12 minutes long and you had a problem with the plot??
Did you recognize the helmet in the basket at the beginning, did you wonder who his client might be, considering this is one of many videos that are low budget and web only??
Im not a big mortal kombat fan, but sometimes this site is like the Fox News of gaming.

CJ Miozzi

On April 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

@DarthBob: For a low-budget video, I think the effects are fantastic. But that does not play into the plot. I would have been perfectly happy with an action-packed video with a very downplayed plot. But the authors decided to spend a lot of screen-time developing a plot, so yes, I’m going to comment on it.


On April 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm

did you not see the one done months ago staring these guys, as a test shoot. It’s a small cog in a much larger machine. I thought it was a nice teaser.