Mortal Kombat has some of the most brutal action in the history of video games ever. While being an action-packed, violent game series, the first two movie adaptations of Mortal Kombat were rated PG-13.

Even though they were packed with action, there wasn’t much in there in the name of brutal violence. This is probably not a good idea if you’re releasing movies about a gory video game series, but that must’ve been because family-friendly movies would help the games sell more.

We live in a different era now and most cultural entertainment illustrates that violence and blood have become an integral part of it. Director Simon McQuoid explained his vision behind making a Mortal Kombat movie suited for this environment.

Some fights are big, some are small, but my main goal was to make the fights mean something. I wanted the fights to look and feel like they didn’t just sort of pop out of the story and then come back in. I didn’t want anything generic. I didn’t want anything that you could see in any action movie. The stunt team on this were just amazing, and they designed some pretty f*cking incredible things.

The Motion Picture Association of America reviewed the movie for the extreme content and gave it a strong R rating, which stands for “strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references.”

With an R rating finally all the fans, old and new, will feel a sense of justice in watching the movie. Mortal Kombat will be available to watch on April 16th on HBO Max.

Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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