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Mortal Kombat Rebirth
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Mortal combat, the video game series that has been adapted for the big screen before may make one last comeback. After some somewhat disappointing last take on the infamous gaming franchise, the trailer below is causing a huge stir online. As of this writing, the trailer was only posted 3 days ago but already has over 2 million views on youtube.
Check the trailer out for yourself below.
There has been speculation however that this is not actually an official trailer. It is in fact an expensive proof of concept by director Kevin Tancharoen for his own take on a gritty Mortal Kombat Movie. If this is the case the story, actors and ambience of the movie have so far been incredibly impressive, along with the reaction this trailer has garnered online.
Mortal Combat Rebirth
The plot appears to be classic Mortal Kombat, with the main story centering on an illegal underground death match tournament and police captain Jack Brigg's (Jax) plan to use it to wipe out the violent criminals in Deacon city.
Already we've been introduced to some of the key characters famous to the franchise, however this time around the trailer suggests that their will be more realistic background stories associated with each character. In the video game series, many of the characters have magical or occult creation stories. This time however, Reptile for example suffers from a disease that gives him is reptilian features rather then actually being a member of a nearly extinct reptilian species as the original video games portrayed.
Hopefully Mr. Tancharoen will get the gohead and begin filming this right away. Based on the response online, fans are rabid for a reboot of this classic gaming and movie franchise.
History of Mortal Combat
Mortal Kombat was created back in 1992. It was originally began as a fighting game based on action star Jean Claude Van Damme. The Van Damme theme was dropped and instead the game was created with it's own story and characters. In total 4 of the original 2d games were made during the 90's.
Mortal kombat became synonymous with gore and violence because of it's gritty art style that depended on realistic photo captures of actors. The most controversial part of the game being it's "fatality" system, in which a player finished of his opponent with an incredibly gory killing blow. Some have cited the game for being one of the main motivations for the creation of the ESRB. New games have continued to be released on every system with updated 3d graphics.
The Mortal Kombat series branched off and was made into a live action movie in 1995 and was well recieved by fans and critics and was a financial success. A follow up film titled, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, was not able to follow the success of the first movie and was largely panned by fans.
Now with the release of this short film Mortal Kombat Rebirth, by Kevin Tancharoen, a possible reboot of the series seems inevitable.