HBO Max and Warner Bros. know full well that the hype for the upcoming Mortal Kombat cinematic reboot is at an all-time high. This is probably why the two have decided to throw audiences a proverbial bone by releasing the first 7-minutes of Mortal Kombat.
Get Ready to Watch the First 7 Minutes of Mortal Kombat
The upcoming Mortal Kombat film will feature an ensemble of actors and people behind the scenes with a lot to prove. Greg Russo and Dave Callaham were both tapped to write the film's script. Meanwhile, Australian director, Simon McQuoid, will helm the cinematic reboot for his feature debut.
Fans already had a good idea of what to expect from Mortal Kombat. A film that fans have asked for years, the reboot has so far turned a lot of heads. In particular, many have high expectations after the director claims to have pushed boundaries of the film's R-rating without risking a total ban from premiering on theaters. Perhaps the most notable scene as seen in the trailers comes when the iconic ninja, Sub-Zero, used his ice powers to freeze his poor victim's blood and made a knife out of it.
But while all of the trailers offer a nice glimpse of the kind of action to expect from the Mortal Kombat movie, fans finally have a chance to get a more substantial look.
The first 7 minutes of Mortal Kombat follows Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his family in 17th century Japan before the events of the film. The family finds their peace disturbed when a rival warrior clan led by a ruthless warrior named Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) suddenly comes in and wreaks havoc. Although the footage doesn't explicitly name who the two featured warriors are, casual Mortal Kombat fans will quickly deduce the names of both from their powers alone.
The opening sequence does a great job of setting up the modern-day journey of a group of fighters out to save Earthrealm in a fight to the death against Outworld's champions.
To say that fans have eagerly waited for months for a chance to watch Mortal Kombat, either in theaters or on HBO Max, is probably fitting. Admittedly, it was disappointing to hear news of the premiere date delay. But, now that HBO Max has released the first 7 minutes of Mortal Kombat, it's safe to say that the wait is all worth it.
Of course, only time will tell if 2021's Mortal Kombat has what it takes to eclipse the popularity of 1995's Mortal Kombat. The original garnered cult-classic status and is considered one of the best video game movies of all time.
Mortal Kombat will have a simultaneous premiere on theaters and HBO Max on April 23 (Friday).