Mortal Kombat: 9 details about the movie you need to know

The new film from Mortal Kombat is hitting theaters and the streaming platform, HBO Max. The adaptation of the well-known video game franchise promises many fights, blood and emotion.

The news site Collider visited the recording set of the feature and interviewed important names of the production, among them the director Simon McQuoid, the producer Todd Garner and some of the actors. Check now some of the details of the film that the cast advanced:

9. There will be a lot of blood

Watching the trailer we can already see that the production did not save on blood. According to McQuoid, the set had gallons of blood prepared for the fight scenes and that all the actors agreed that the film needed to channel as much violence as possible.

The director says the blood was not used in an extreme way, but its purpose is to provoke a shock and horror reaction in the audience. It is not for nothing that the film has an indicative rating for over 17 years.

8. Villains will be complicated

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Joe Taslim, who plays Sub-Zero in production, already warns that we shouldn’t wait for a stereotyped villain. According to the actor, the character will have a certain awareness of his actions and will ask himself if he chose this life or if it was she who chose him.

John Lawson, the actor responsible for giving life to Kano, guaranteed that his portrayal of the villain “crossed the line” and that he is selfish, greedy and opportunistic.

7. The best fight scenes

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When the director of the feature, Simon McQuoid, spoke with the stunt coordinators, he made a wish: to create the best fight scenes ever made in any film.

Despite the pressure, the cast and crew prepared for the challenge. According to the producer, Todd Garner, they were inspired by the characteristic movements of video games and martial arts.

Actor Ludi Lin (Liu Kang in the film) states that, in addition to the physical issue, the fight scenes are about the emotions that the characters are facing.

6. Cole Young is our entrance to entrance

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When the trailer came out, many fans asked themselves: Who is Cole Young (Lewis Tan)? The character, completely new to the mythology of Mortal Kombat, will be our gateway to the history of the film.

Cole is an MMA fighter trained by his own daughter and who is feeling out of luck, in desperate need of a victory. The character was a way that filmmakers found to present the world of Mortal Kombat to those who do not know the franchise.

5. The characters will have impressive intros

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The director admits that he has a lot of stories to manage during the film. In addition to pleasing fans, who are waiting for exciting introductions of their favorite characters, McQuoid also needs to introduce them to those who have never heard of the franchise.

According to the director, there will be a special sequence of the film’s prologue with grandiose, understandable and epic presentations of the characters.

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4. Some characters needed to be cut

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The producer, Todd Garner, had to make a selection of which characters would appear in the feature. And right at the start of pre-production, many of the fan favorites needed to be cut.

This is the case of Rain, the ninja who uses the power of water in his fighting movements. Garger and his team believed that the role of the character was going to be very similar to that of Reptile and, therefore, was cut.

3. Everyone wants a franchise

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At the end of his interview, Taslim suggested that we should wait to learn more in the sequence. And although a second film has yet to be confirmed, the entire team wants that to happen.

Garner even suggested that the sequences could be like the MCU, in which each film has its tone, but is part of a larger production.

2. The timeline of the film is not related to the games

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Who ever played Mortal Kombat he knows that the game’s timeline can be a bit confusing, full of trips to different eras and space-time disruptions.

When he was in pre-production of the feature, Garner soon realized that trying to represent this continuity on the cinema screens was not going to work. As such, they chose to start on a new and unrelated timeline.

1. Liu Kang may have time warping power

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In the filming of one of the scenes, in which Liu Kang was running through a location, Garner asked to record the same shot twice: once with the character running alone and once with his enemies behind him, despite the actor not being in that scene.

This will likely show that Liu Kang does not move like a normal person with the ability to go faster through time and space.

Mortal Kombat opens in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on April 16, 2021.

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