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Mortal Kombat Legacy
12.02.2011 By: Chris Bumbray
Mortal Kombat Legacy order
Director:
Kevin Tancharoen

Actors:
Michael Jai White
Jeri Ryan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A re-imagining of the MORTAL KOMBAT franchise, charting the origins of all the game's most popular characters, including Sonja Blade, Jax, Raiden, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and more.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY is a web-series that ran earlier this year. It's the brainchild of director Kevin Tancharoen (FAME 2010) who initially funded a fan-made film based on the property in the hopes of landing a job director the upcoming MORTAL KOMBAT big-screen reboot. Sure enough, Tancharoen's recently been linked with the reboot. Judging by the production values of this web series, he's certainly the man for the job.

As far as pure action goes, LEGACY is doubly impressive, in that despite the mystical trappings of the franchise, the fights are all grounded (more or less) in reality, and are free of wire-work, or sloppy editing- and all done on a low budget to boot. Of the cast used in his web series, Michael Jai White seems a no-brainer to carry on the role of Jax to the feature film, as the guy's got charisma to burn, not to mention supreme ass-kicking skills.

It's his two-part instalment, tracing the origins of Jax, Sonja Blade (STAR TREK VOYAGER's Jeri Ryan), and KANO, that really delivers. The rest of the shorts are a mixed bag. The action in each is superb, but the scripts are mostly lack-luster, even if the ides themselves (such as Johnny Cage stooping to reality TV, or Raiden ending up in an asylum) are good.

THE EXTRAS
The extras mainly consist of four featurettes examining different parts of the production. The first, Fight takes a look at the choreography of the action, and the fatalities the series is famous for. Fan Made shows how Tancharoen got the gig by making his own fan-film. Gear takes a look at the weapons used by each character, while Mysticism examines their powers. Finally, there's a multi-chapter documentary on the series called Expanding the Neatherealm whihc goes a little more in depth regarding Tancharoen's approach. Amazing that such a hardcore action guy ended up directing the FAME reboot!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Action fans will no doubt love the MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY series, and it's a tantalizing look at what's to come, provided Tancharoen's feature film gets off the ground. While recommending a blu-ray purchase to something that's already available in HD (legally) on the web is a bit of a stretch, if you're a fan of the series and want to support Tanchroen's vision, then by all means: have at it.
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