Man, I love how much they give Scorpion the BDH moment in Mortal Kombat (2021). He was my first main, and when the kunai started glowing it was like the portal scene in Endgame all over again for me.
I'm not sure if Cole understands Japanese or if he's just really good at contextual clues.
Kind of bummed that in a movie full of people Saying The Thing, Cole didn't Say The Thing when they had their opponent down in the final fight scene and his fighting partner requested the honor of the kill.

But you can't have everything.
But that aside, this was not a movie that was shy about Saying The Thing.
Lord Raiden: You know this is cheating, right?

Shang Tsung: So what? Who's going to stop me, the gods? The gods are bored and lazy. Literally nobody is enforcing any rules right now, old man. It's anarchy.

Lord Raiden: Hmm. Interesting. Interesting.

Shang Tsung: Oh. Oh, no.
I liked the Mortal Kombat. It was basically everything I needed in a Mortal Kombat movie, especially for a first movie in a franchise. They crammed a *lot* of lore in and the new stuff they added to streamline the phlebotinum and whatnot made good movie sense.
I could make minor fannish nitpicks. Goro was underused. And I liked how the previous film series interpreted Tsung's soul collection as pokemoning warriors from across time and space, and was a little disappointed we didn't really see what the soul-stealing gets him in this one.
The fact that the whole plot was about avoiding or short-circuiting a tournament known as Mortal Kombat could have taken on shades of "When will they get to the fireworks factory?" but the filmmakers took pains to give us the requisite pyrotechnics anyway.
And I appreciate how cleanly and clearly Team Outworld's downfall came about as a result of their villainy.

It's like...

Coach Who Has Won Nine Superbowls In A Row And Will Win Football Forever If He Wins This Year: Let's just... cancel the super bowl.
Yeah, the amount of clear video game references they managed to shoehorn in without it turning into Scott Pilgrim vs. Ready Player One Breaks The Internet was impressive.

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Take a look and you'll see
your own eventual damnation.

You'll comply with a sigh,
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There is no film I know
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