The video game franchise goes full R-rated animated here and there is a hilarious running gag and plenty of crimson flying and bones breaking.
Hanzo Hasashi was living a peaceful quiet life until it is shattered before his very eyes when the Lin Kuei clan attacks Hasashi, killing his wife and son in the process. Sent to the Netherworld, Hanzo has been chosen to represent the area by Quan Chi for an upcoming tournament known as Mortal Kombat. Outworld and Shang Tsung have won nine tournaments, and should they win the next, they will take over Earthrealm.
Lord Raiden, protector of Earthrealm, has selected three heroes to represent him in the Mortal Kombat tournament. They are kung fu master Liu Kang, Special Forces commander Sonya Blade, and movie star Johnny Cage. As Shang Tsung throws everything towards the trio of champions, he conspires with Quan Chi to guarantee Outworld will win the tournament. However, Hanzo, now known as Scorpion, begins to help the Earthrealm heroes as he seeks the one known as Sub-Zero, the murderer of his family centuries ago.
Before we got treated to the 2021 live-action reboot of Mortal Kombat, we have this animated feature that at a running time of 80 minutes, does the MK universe justice as it goes no holds barred with its hyper violence. There are plenty of sword slashing, martial arts action, and lots of the crimson and bones breaking or flying. Paying homage to certain scenes in Mortal Kombat X, we get to see close-up X-rays of faces smashed and bones breaking.
The voice cast is very well done. Jennifer Carpenter voices Sonya as the complete tough as nails commander while Joel McHale is hilarious as the voice of Johnny Cage. It gets even better when the two are together because there comes a laugh out loud running gag. It is when Johnny constantly attempts to flirt with Sonya and Sonya only has one response…a big-time nut shot! It is the highlight of the subplot but as the title indicates, it does involver the revenge of Scorpion.
Patrick Seitz does an excellent job in his voice-over of the peaceful Hanzo Hasashi and his supernatural alter ego, Scorpion. He makes his intentions known and, in a way, his character is reminiscent of the character of Spawn as he is hired to do a job but has other plans. One has to be shocked in terms of Ike Amadi, whose voiceover of Jax Briggs sounds an awful lot like Michael Jai White (who played the character in the web series Mortal Kombat Legacy). There is quite a nifty twist in the final act that changes the course of everything, but it is quite well done overall.
At a runtime of 80 minutes, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge is a crazy blood-soaked animated film that melds elements from the 1995 live-action film and the 2021 live-action film with its mythology set intact…and plenty of blood, bone, and nut shots.
WFG RATING: B+
A Warner Bros. Animation production. Director: Ethan Spaulding. Producer: Rick Morales. Writer: Jeremy Adams; based on the video game by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Editing: Robert Ehrenreich.
Voice Cast: Jennifer Carpenter, Joel McHale, Jordan Rodrigues, Patrick Seitz, Steve Blum, Artt Butler, Grey Griffin, Darin De Paul, Kevin Michael Richardson.