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.