Starring: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada
OUR RATING: ★★½
Martial arts action fantasy reboot directed by Simon McQuoid. Mortal Kombat (2021) follows MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan), who is unaware of his hidden lineage, or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung (Chin Han) has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), to hunt him down. Concerned for the safety of his family, Cole finds sanctuary under Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) and prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe.
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Hanzo Hasashi: [in Japanese, whispers to Harumi] I am grateful, and blessed, to be with you.
Hanzo Hasashi: [after he’s found his wife and son frozen to death] Bi-Han!
Bi-Han: [in Chinese] The great warrior. Hanzo Hasashi. This day has been a long time coming. The end of your bloodline. Your mighty clan, the Shirai Ryu, have been exterminated by me.
Hanzo Hasashi: [in Japanese] I may not understand your words, but I promise you this, I will kill you.
Hanzo Hasashi: [in Japanese, as Bi-Han stabs him] Do not forget this face.
Referee: Always rely on Cole Young. Human punching bag.
Cole Young: Who am I fighting?
Referee: Fighting? No, no, Cole. Fighting requires both attacking and defending, not just throwing punches. You should try it sometime. Now don’t get sensitive.
Shang Tsung: The prophecy is upon us, which means we could lose the tenth tournament.
Bi-Han: There is no prophecy. Hanzo is a ghost. I killed him centuries ago.
Shang Tsung: Winning Mortal Kombat cannot be left to chance.
Shang Tsung: There will be no tournament, because there will be no opposition left to fight. We will already be victorious. Go now and kill Earth Realm’s champions, Bi-Han.
Bi-Han: I am no longer Bi-Han. I am Sub-Zero.
Jax: [to Cole] You could’ve won today, had you controlled the cage.
Emily: Told you so.
Jax: She’s smart.
Jax: [to Cole] That dragon logo you got, I dig that, man. It’s unique. Where did you get it from?
Emily: He was born with it.
Jax: What do you mean?
Emily: It’s a birthmark.
Jax: You serious?
Cole Young: [referring to Bi-Han attacking them] What the f*** is that thing?!
Jax: Funny. It didn’t sound much like thanks for saving my a**.
Jax: It’s not a birthmark, Cole. It means you’ve been chosen.
Cole Young: Chosen, for what?
Jax: To fight.
Cole Young: You got the wrong person, alright? I’m not the fighter that I used to be, okay.
Jax: No, s**t. But they don’t have the marking. So like it or not, Cole, you’re the guy. As long as you got that marking, they’re coming for you. And they will kill whoever they have to, to get to you.
Sonya Blade: First learned about this seven years ago. Jax and I were on a mission in Brazil to capture a wanted fugitive. When we got there, the target had superhuman abilities. Tore through our unit in seconds. The target had the same marking you do, Cole. When Jax finally took it down, the dragon marking transferred directly onto his skin.
Sonya Blade: It seems that throughout history, different cultures all over the world, they reference a great tournament. But my research shows that there’s realms and species that we didn’t even know existed. That dragon marking, it signifies that you’ve been chosen to fight for Earth. It’s an invitation to fight for something known as Mortal Kombat.
Cole Young: Did you make that last part up? It just kind of sounds like you made it up. I mean, and look, they spelled it wrong.
Sonya Blade: We need to find every last champion before it’s too late. And FYI, most of them are dead already. There’s more to this, Cole. I know it. And I swear to God, I’m going to get to the bottom of it.
Kano: I hate to interrupt your bulls**t, blondie. But I got to pi** again.
Cole Young: Who are you?
Sonya Blade: Kano.
Cole Young: Kano? Kano, what?
Kano: Kano, none of your f***ing business!
Sonya Blade: He’s a mercenary with The Black Dragon clan. Arms dealer, drug runner, murder for hire, scum of the Earth.
Kano: I also give really good foot massages.
Sonya Blade: You were never chosen. Fate has better standards than you.
Kano: Lucky for you, I don’t have any standards. We’ll see if you’re a natural blonde.
Kano: [as he kills Reptile] Kano wins. You f***ing beauty.
Cole Young: What’s the plan?
Sonya Blade: There is none.
Kano: Just working on a Kano graphic novel. I fancy myself a bit of an artist.
Cole Young: He’s a psychopath.
Kano: All the best artists are a little twisted, mate.
Kano: [to Sonya] As if going to help you. You kidnapped me. You tied me up. You threw a knife through my f***ing leg, on purpose. And then that lizard thing took off half my face. Lucky for me, you can hardly notice it. So, yeah, it’s a hard pass for me on the helping you thing. Now get out of me f***ing way.
Sonya Blade: How you planning on getting us there?
Kano: Oh, I got a friend with a plane.
Cole Young: You got friends?
Kano: F*** you, pretty boy. I’m a popular guy. Everyone loves me.
Kano: [spits on the gnome] Oh, bloody garden gnomes. They give me the creeps.
Cole Young: You’re going to give that guy three million dollars?
Sonya Blade: F***, no. I live in this s**t hole. You think I got three million dollars?
Kano: There I was trying to shove this guy’s nuts down his throat. And all I kept thinking about is, what should I get for me mum for Christmas?
Cargo Plane Pilot: Your mom’s been dead for thirty f***ing years, mate.
Kano: Kid can dream. Can’t he?
Kano: Thank you for flying Air Kano. I know you had f*** all choices. Afraid time’s up. Time to jump out of this s**t box.
Kano: I need a break.
Cole Young: You just took a break. Too many beers, huh? Give me that GPS. I’m taking point.
Kano: Ah, let’s look at the score board, shall we? I got us the plane. I know how to find your precious little mountain retreat, or whatever it is. I killed the lizard man. Huh? Any of you rip anyone’s heart out?
Kano: [to Liu Kang] You just shot a fireball out of your hand. How did you do that? Hang on. Hang the f*** on. Does that mean I’m going to get superpowers at any point? It does, doesn’t it?