Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Movie Talkback - Sony Looks to Reboot Mortal Kombat Franchise

I wonder how many fans still exist of the 1992 video game series, Mortal Kombat. As a kid, I loved playing the original arcade games. While not being technically good as a pure fighting game, they left their mark on the world (and fans) because of their unique fatalities, a finisher each character could perform on their defeated opponent that usually lead to lots of dismemberment and blood and well, more blood. Being a kid I, and many others like myself, was totally blown away by a type of video game I had never seen. Fast forward to 1995 when Paul "Wide-Screen" Anderson (of Resident Evil and Mr. Milla Jovovich fame) directed the first of two Mortal Kombat films. Fans waited with bated breath, lines were around the block as we all entered the movie theaters waiting to see one of our favorite video games come to life. Then Mr. Wide-Screen kicked us all in the balls and gave us a muted PG-13 near bloodless film without the fatalities, not to mention he took our money in the process and made us say thank you. What's the point of releasing a movie based on a video game with it's only saving grace being the "killer moves" without the killer moves? And people wonder why video game adaptations never do well.

Well again, fast forward 15 years later, and Sony Pictures is looking to reboot the franchise with little know screenwriter, Oren Uziel, set to write it. So here is my plea, it's been over 15 years since the original video game came out, no one even really remembers playing the old arcade games, so please for the love of god make it a hard "R" rated movie with killer fatalities or don't bother at all. Why do I bring all of this up? I use this as an excuse to play one of my favorite College Humor videos about the Mortal Kombat video game series and how it's not really a tournament. Enjoy.

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