With the newest entry into the Mortal Kombat game franchise (Mortal Kombat X) being released today I found myself doing some Googling and ran across this gem from a few years ago. Mortal Kombat: Rebirth is a short film released in 2010 directed by Kevin Tancharoen. It is based on the Mortal Kombat series of video games and was created by Tancharoen to sell Warner Brothers on his vision for a reboot of the film franchise.
It stars Michael Jai White as Jacks, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage, Lateef Crowder as Baraka, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion and Richard Dorton as Reptile.
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Plot
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth follows captain Jackson Briggs of the Deacon City Police Department as he tells assassin Hanzo Hasashi about criminals Reptile and Baraka. Briggs tells Hasashi to kill them in a mysterious tournament about to take place pitting the best fighters in the world in a series of death matches. Hasashi asks why he’d help and Briggs reveals that Hasashi’s enemy Sub-Zero is alive and will be in the tournament. Hasashi, now calling himself Scorpion, agrees to participate.
You NEED to watch this movie. Even if you’re not a fan of the Mortal Komat franchise. It’s less than 8 minutes long and even still includes an incredbile fight scene and introduces a couple of characters that are simply awesome. If you’re a fan of the franchise you’re going to be SUPER bummed that this was never made into a feature film. STRONG recommend.
Check out the film below and leave a comment with your thoughts!