Noob Reviews: Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge?
Father, husband, Shirai Ryu grandmaster, Hanzo Hasashi is a man of many titles and many talents. And yet when his wife, son and clan are brutally murdered by the Lin Kuei. Hanzo must focus his rage, combat skills and lust for revenge and forge a new persona. He must give himself over entirely and become Scorpion.
Mortal Kombat fan favourite Scorpion sets out in his first animated adventure as he seeks to aid Quan Chi accomplish his goals. And for doing so, Quan Chi will provide Scorpion with a chance at achieving his revenge upon the Lin Kuei grandmaster Sub Zero. Along the way, Scorpion will be thrown into a Mortal Kombat tournament which will decide the very fate of Earthrealm (essentially the tournament from the 1995 film). And come face to face with many known legends, such as Raiden, Goro, Moloch, Sonya Blade, Shang Tsung and Jackson Briggs. As well as many cameos from other well-known characters from across the Mortal Kombat universe.
What type of anime-style is Scorpion’s Revenge?
Scorpion’s Revenge is brought to us in a 2D anime style.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Warner Bros. Entertainment’s YouTube channel -
When was Scorpion’s Revenge released?
Scorpion’s Revenge was released worldwide in April this year (2020).
How long is the movie?
Scorpion’s revenge runs for eighty minutes.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Scorpion’s Revenge?
Scorpion’s Revenge, in summary, is an attempt to reboot the 1995 film in animated form and unfortunately, it does so poorly. Instead of the Mortal Kombat, we know, and love, Scorpion’s Revenge is a mess of stories all colliding to form… This… Whatever this is. Don’t get me wrong, the film is a fun watch. When you pick apart the stories, you can follow where they are leading but to say the movie is entitled Scorpion’s revenge - a considerable part of it is spent following the storyline of the defence of Earthrealm. A storyline that has been well documented in other films, an animated TV series and the games. And established a lot better. Although Scorpion starts out as the main focus for the film, once he leaves Netherrealm and the story moves over to Shang Tsung’s island he becomes more of a secondary character until the last ten or fifteen minutes of the film.
In addition to Scorpion taking a back seat:
Kano’s Black Dragon forces also plague the island in between matches to try and keep the Earthrealm fighters from defending their world. These interactions offer very little bar acting as a filler for the main content.
The fights between competitors are exceptionally short and for the most part, lack any proper structure. They just seem to be rushed and not what you would expect (for the majority of them) from something labelled Mortal Kombat. However, when the fatalities do fly, they are some serious eye candy.
The eventual fight between Scorpion and Sub Zero is very anticlimactic. And again treated more as a passing or secondary objective. Compared to the main reason, Scorpion is on the island.
As I said, parts of the story lack any structure, there is no full/in-depth development for some story arcs and characters. And the personalities for some of the fighters are just stereotypical and dull, doing them no justice at all. Johnny Cage, for example (voiced by Joel McHale), is insecure and seems to have no real personality. The only thing he has going for him is an abundance of confidence and love of himself. The way he is portrayed is gravely unbalanced and essentially makes a mockery of what I consider to be a core Mortal Kombat character. And I'm not even a Johnny Cage fan.
On the plus side, the art style is fantastic, there are some really great scenes such as Scorpion versus Quan Chi, and the cameos are on point, bringing in such well-known faces as Nitara, Baraka, Reptile and Kitana - even if their screen time is short.
As a final thought, it is just a shame there was not more time and love put into the movie as opposed to just playing off of its brand name. There are years of material, lore, and characters to have pulled from. And the film seems to loosely play with but a handful of any of it.
What rating would you give Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge?
I would rate Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge as a 3.8 out of 5 bananas.
Overall a fun watch but it does little to add its own mark to the Mortal Kombat franchise. The title is misleading as it’s not so much about Scorpion’s revenge, as Scorpion been present as Earthrealm fights to keep itself independent from Shao Kahn. What could have been a fantastic opportunity was mediocre at best but will hopefully see future films released that will improve on this in leaps and bounds.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Amazon here.