Mortal Kombat ‘Reboot’ Short Film looks Bloody Good

Enter a whole new world of Kombat.

Recently we’ve seen cinematic representations of the classic Street Fighter series from some serious filmmakers. But even the meticulously made SF shorts pale in comparison in terms of production value to this intriguing 7+ minute clip, based on Midway’s Mortal Kombat games. Instead of the sticking-to-the-source direction taken by the SF short films, Mortal Kombat Rebirth (as this clip is called) takes the MK cast and throws them into a totally different, gritty real world setting and storyline. Not many demons or magic stuff, but at least the blood and brutal martial arts action is still there. And Sonya’s still hot.

Recast as a hard-nosed head of Deacon City’s VIolent Crimes Division, Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs (Spawn’s Michael Jai White) confronts a mysterious individual in a shadowy interrogation room, along the way showing off other reimagined members of the MK roster- Reptile and Baraka (Capoeira star Lateef Crowder) Instead of otherdimensional alien beings, these vicious fighters are now genetically abnormal serial killers. After a bit, we find a welcome and refreshing appearance of Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan of Star Trek fame). There’s a suitably brutal and fatal fight scene and the film ends with the promise of more bloodshed to come, with the mysterious new protagonist revealing his identity.

I find the new direction and interpretations pretty compelling. I found this pretty interesting and certainly I’d like to see a full film. If it’s a game, this is more akin to Condemned than a fighting game, but who knows? In any case, it’s a HUGE improvement over Mortal Kombat Annihilation. More on this as it’s revealed, I guess. For now, check out Rebirth. And put on a bib.

UPDATE: According to an article on Kotaku, Jeri Ryan has revealed that ‘Rebirth’ is a concept pitch video for the treatment of a rebooted MK movie, made for Warner Bros. Jeri did the role as Sonya apparently for free, as a friend of the director, Kevin Tancharoen. The short was filmed in two days, mostly through donated equipment. In other words, this is a totally unofficial effort, unaffiliated with Warner Bros., and is more director’s reel than anything else. Still, if I were WB, I’d sign this guy up to go for the MK reboot, right straight. Oh, and I’ll sign Miss Ryan up as Sonya too.


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