The new Mortal Kombat movie has officially got its R rating. A rating that should be a surprise to nobody who’s been following along with the film’s development. This means, that this movie will be the first live-action Mortal Kombat film to earn the R rating. This is exactly what Mortal Kombat fans have been hoping for in the build-up to the film’s release.
While all the community knows Mortal Kombat for its violence and bloody Fatalities. In addition, It is also famous for live-action films, like the original version from 1995 and Mortal Kombat Annihilation. Secondly, all the critics criticize it for its PG-13 rating.
In fact, it was only the animated Scorpion’s Revenge title that received an official R rating. That will all be changing with the upcoming reboot. Recently officials has announced that the Motion Picture Association has given the film an official R rating for “strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references.” This rating coincides with writer Greg Russo’s quest for the new Mortal Kombat to “earn its R rating.”
While the old films were classics in their own right, this new direction to make the live-action more violent and gory is sure to please fans when it arrives on April 16.
News is getting heated.
Mortal Kombat’s signature Fatalities will likely be one of the best vehicles for the violence that netted the movie the R rating, and we’ve already seen previews of some of those in action. Garner spoke about the Fatalities more recently and discussed what can be done in a game vs. what can be done in a movie. The film will still have ample opportunities to show off the Fatalities the fighters are known for, but we might not see anything as dramatic as Ludi Lin getting “his head ripped off.”
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The bottom Line
While this will be the first live-action Mortal Kombat movie to net the coveted R rating, it won’t be the first Mortal Kombat film overall to do so. That honor goes to Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, the animated Mortal Kombat movie released last year. That movie itself had some gratuitous violence for fans to enjoy made more possible by the medium.