Though it has been promised since the film was in pre-production, it is now official: the Motion Picture Association has slapped the upcoming Mortal Kombat film with a hard R rating, and the moviegoing world rejoices.
The rating is for “strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references.”
Flawless victory, indeed.
In even better news, the red band trailer that took the internet by storm has officially become the most-watched of its kind, racking up a total around 116 million views in its first week. The posting from IGN is the most-watched iteration, with 8.5 million views as of this printing.
For those who have gone this long without knowing anything about the upcoming film, here is the synopsis:
MMA fighter Cole Young is unaware of his legacy. Or that Emperor Outworld Shang Tsung sent his best warrior, Sub- Zero to hunt Cole. Fearing for the safety of his family, Cole sets out to find a special forces major who carries the same strange dragon as Cole. Soon he finds himself in the temple of Lord Raiden, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole prepares to take on Earth’s greatest champions against enemies of Outworld in a high-risk battle across the universe. But will Cole be under enough pressure to unlock his arcane – the immense power in his soul – in time to save his family and stop Outworld?
I didn’t mention this in my article on the red band trailer linked above, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this film utilizing a hero that isn’t Liu Kang. In the game’s spanning storyline, going with another protagonist besides one half of the Shaolin Monks has produced mixed results. For every Cassie Cage, there’s a Li Mei, and don’t get me started on Shujinko.
Prepare for kombat, as Mortal Kombat hits theaters and HBO Max on April 16th. The film will remain on the latter for 30 days after the initial release for subscribers to stream at no extra charge.
And in case you’re terribly behind, check out the glorious trailer below: