In “Mortal Kombat,” MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage–or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana–the immense power from within his soul–in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?
- Rating: R (Some Crude References|Language Throughout|Strong Bloody Violence)
- Genre: action, adventure, fantasy
- Original Language: English
- Director: Simon McQuoid
- Producer: James Wan, Todd Garner
- Writer: Greg Russo, Dave Callaham
- Release Date (Theaters): Apr 23, 2021 wide
- Release Date (Streaming): Apr 23, 2021
- Runtime: 1h 50m
- Production Co: Broken Road Productions, New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster, Warner Bros., NetherRealm Studios
- Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)
Starring: Chin Han, Daniel Nelson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jessica McNamee, Joe Taslim, Josh Lawson, Laura Brent, Lewis Tan, Ludi Lin, Matilda Kimber, Mehcad Brooks, Mel Jarnson, Sisi Stringer, Tadanobu Asano
How and when to watch
If you have HBO Max, just tune in as you normally would to watch. Like Wonder Woman 1984, there’s no extra charge above and beyond your subscription fee. Right now, HBO Max costs $15 a month.
In fact, you might already have access to HBO Max and not even know it. If you currently subscribe to HBO via your cable or satellite provider, you can probably get HBO Max without paying anything extra. We explain it in detail here, but essentially, you’ll need to watch on a smart TV or streaming device — or a Comcast Xfinity box — using the HBO Max app and your home internet connection.
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But if you want to watch Mortal Kombat (2021) on HBO Max, don’t wait too long. Like Wonder Woman 1984 on the streaming service earlier this year, the blockbuster movie is available for streaming only for a limited time — a month, unless things change.
“Mortal Kombat,” an adaptation of the popular video game, has been delayed a week.
The Warner Bros. fantasy-action film was originally scheduled for April 16 and is instead coming out on April 23. It will premiere both in movie theaters and on HBO Max.
The postponement comes the day before Warner Bros. plans to release another tentpole, “Godzilla vs. Kong.” Film exhibitors have been optimistic about the arrival of the big-budget clash of the titans, which has already done notable business overseas. “Godzilla vs. Kong” has made $121 million at the international box office to date. It’s done especially well in China, generating $70 million on opening weekend. By pushing “Mortal Kombat,” the studio hopes to space out the potential blockbusters in an effort to avoid cannibalizing ticket sales.
Warner Bros. also anticipates that capacity restrictions across the country could be relaxed in the coming weeks. Earlier on Tuesday, Los Angeles county — one of the most popular movie markets in the U.S. — moved into the state’s orange tier, which allows movie theaters to increase indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people. The change is expected to go into effect on Wednesday. It’s an encouraging step in Hollywood’s efforts to revive the movie business, which has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Directed by Simon McQuoid, the story follows a washed-up MMA fighter who is unaware of his hidden lineage and why he’s being hunted down by a clan of assassins. Concerned for the safety of his family, he seeks out a team of fighters who were chosen to defend Earthrealm in a high-stakes battle against the forces of Outworld. James Wan, whose credits include “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Saw,” was a producer on the film.