MORTAL KOMBAT MONTH — MOVIE REVIEW

Snow Blind by the Soul Chamber until Oblivion

Not enough bodies

Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Welp. The Mortal Kombat studio, NetherRealm, unveiled nothing for Mortal Kombat’s 30th anniversary. But, to commemorate, Netherrealm showed a 30th-anniversary video — one day before the anniversary. And, not from NetherRealm, Warner Bros. announced the latest film in the Mortal Kombat Legends film series.

Beginning in 2020, Mortal Kombat Legends has enough edge and blood to please any Mortal Kombat fan and cinephile. The two latest films are a bloody good time.

The first film, Scorpion’s Revenge, sees the beloved ninja avenge his family with the most blood seen in any Mortal Kombat movie. Let alone an animated Mortal Kombat film. The Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm be damned.

The second film, Battle of the Realms, follows Liu Kang as he stops Shao Kahn from conquering Earthrealm. I didn’t care about this film. The monster fight at the end spoiled it for me. The monster fight should’ve taken pointers from Godzilla or Power Rangers.

Regardless, Warner Bros. brings us a new film, Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind. Snow Blind follows the titular character Kenshi as he battles the Black Dragon clan in a wasteland Earthrealm.

Kenshi is gearing up for battle. Image credit: Warner Bros.

Whatever triggered the wasteland, someone must’ve interfered with time. You will soon find out it’s the case.

With a desolate Earthrealm and an eager Kenshi, it leads to an intriguing version of his origin story. I didn’t expect the twist and turns in Snow Blind. The writers behind this movie paid attention to the Battle of the Realms.

The twist and turns have an exciting arc for one ninja, Sub-Zero. Who, in Snow Blind, is a withered older man who wants peace.

Sub-Zero may be old, but he can still kick your ass. Image Credit: Warner Bros.

And, of course, he doesn’t get peace when the Black Dragon’s ruler, Kano, is running amuck, causing chaos throughout Earthrealm’s desolate plains.

It’s fascinating seeing Kano. The loud-mouth thug with a cybernetic eye became fully cybernetic and bent on ruling it all. Yet, as the film progressed, I knew Kano couldn’t do this alone; he must’ve used some trick. And, yes, he had a plan. A scheme I hope writers of the future of MK Legends don’t involve such a deus ex machina.

Overall, Warner Bros. improved Battle of the Realm’s problems with Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind. The timeline where the Black Dragon rules a desolate Earthrealm is cool. The writers reworked Kenshi’s story with outstanding results. However, I didn’t care about the plot point at the end. Every future Mortal Kombat animated film and video game should ignore that plot device.

Snow Blind exceeded my expectations. I’m looking forward to next year’s Mortal Kombat Legends film, Cage Match. I hope it keeps the positive track record going.

This article is part of Mortal Kombat Month, where I celebrate Mortal Kombat’s 30th anniversary for all of October.

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Alexander Razin

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