Fine, It Turns Out This Is a 'Mortal Kombat' Movie

June 8, 2010

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Tips for this supposed Mortal Kombat movie trailer have been coming in all afternoon, and I've been disregarding the whole thing as a promotion for a new game. I mean, Jeri Ryan and Michael Jai White are in it, and doesn't it seem more likely they'd be in some game promo than an actual film? Plus, that Electronical Entertaining Expo thing is coming up, so it would make sense to build some excitement about a new Mortal Kombat game before the big announcement. Also, this "trailer" barely resembles an actual trailer.

Alas, it turns out I was apparently wrong. According to CHUD:

This is for the movie, and it comes from the mind of genius fight choreographer Larnell Stovall. He's the guy who did the fights for the excellent Undisputed 3: Redemption

So here it is, the trailer for what's apparently an actual Mortal Kombat movie that takes itself so, so seriously. Because that's what I always liked about the video game series that let you freeze someone into pure ice and shatter them, rip their skeletons out of their skin, and turn into a baby: that it was so real.

UPDATE: Jeri Ryan's Twitter (of course Jeri Ryan has a Twitter) has clarified, "It's not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film. I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB's reaction to it was. And I'm not sure how you can contact WB to push them to make it. But you guys are resourceful...! ;-)"

Oh, brother.

See? Reptile is so REAL because he's just a guy with a horrible ailment, not an actual reptile. And Sub-Zero will be REAL because he has a freeze gun. And that giant guy with the four arms will be REAL because that happened at birth and he's like Sloth or something. And Raiden will be REAL because thunder gods actually exist to protect the Earth realm, I guess.

Maybe it's just hard to take it seriously without techno music blaring.

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