A video has surfaced today of what appears to be an extended trailer for a reboot film of Mortal Kombat. However, "appears to be" may have to remain the key phrase describing the video since there is little to no information about it. (*See below for updated info.) Even the title is somehwat ambiguous. The film seemed to be simply titled Mortal Kombat in the clip, but the YouTube channel on which it's posted is titled Mortal Kombat Rebirth.
We've known for quite some time that Warner Bros. was planning to reboot Mortal Kombat. However, for such a major project which in the video, displays stars Michael Jai White as Jax and Jeri Ryan as Sonya, it does seem odd that no one knows anything about it. In fact, the possibility has been considered that the clip is a promotional short film to show during E3 to promote an upcoming MK game. However, the clip looked impressive and expensive from a technical standpoint. -- Way too elaborate for a promo film, especially when you consider that the reboot film has been in the works for some time, now. Yet, it does seem to carry a fan-film kind of vibe.
(Caution: Extremely violent, may not be safe for work.)
On the clip itself, I'm rather conflicted. On one hand, I like the fact that it's taking a more gritty, realistic approach. Fans have been clamoring for a really violent, R-rated Mortal Kombat film, and from the looks of this, they're going to get what they wanted. However, I think that the heart of the Mortal Kombat mythos lies in the idea of it being a clever take on the old-school kung-fu movie genre, with roots in Asian mysticism. It seems like they're trying too hard to drive home the point that they've updated and re-contextualized MK characters, that they've lost sight of the factors which brought the video game series so much success in the 90's. It comes across almost like an over-the-top, ultra-violent parody. (Reptile as a cannibal with a skin disease?! Baraka as a mad scientist?!)
Of course, I'll leave final judgments until I see the film. (Should the film actually exist.)
Do you have any feedback on...whatever it is this clip may be?
*The video turned out to be a test film designed to persuade Warner to go the R-rated route.