With the Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary going on this month, this is the perfect addition to the MK legacy. Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind is out now from director ‘Rick Morales (Batman vs. Two-Face , Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) and I personally feel like most won’t appreciate the ballsy approach this film takes. This MK film is about one of the greatest characters from the MK universe that most may not know about… Kenshi. Kenshi takes the stage with an origin we didn’t know we needed, but the one that die-hard MK fans deserve to know.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind
The film follows the aftermath of the last film “Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle Of The Realms”. That film really went off the rails with the 3rd act and changed the MK mythos drastically. Now we are at a place without a Liu Kang, Scorpion, Johnny Cage, or Raiden, and that is just odd. But I personally like the fact that we get to switch lanes and focus on a new great character from the Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance/Deception games era. A not-blind Kenshi is out looking for a formidable fighter in the lands of MK. We see that The Black Dragon clan has now ruled the Earthrealm kind of like a Mad Max/cyberpunk dystopian setting. A Big old cyborg mohawk beard-wearing Kano leads the Black Dragon clan with an old and frail Shang Tsung by his side.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind – The Review
I find it funny that Kano is the main antagonist here. They probably wanted this to happen since he was the best thing about the recent live-action Mortal Kombat film that everyone surprisingly loved. Members of the Black Dragon Kabal, Tremor, and some other recognizable MK fighters come to try to take out the town that Kenshi and a recognizable but very old Sub-Zero who now goes by Kuai protects.
Kenshi is beaten to a pulp by Tremor but left alive at the request of Shang Tsung. You know, the two-timing backstabbing sorcerer we all know and love. Shang Tsung then helps out Kenshi by asking him to find a sword that can defeat the Black Dragon clan and defeat them before they come back to fully take over the town. But obviously, we know the real deception of Shang Tsung and what he really wants. This leads to Shang taking Kenshi out to the Soul chambers and him betraying Kenshi to get his youth back from the souls.
After this is where I don’t know how I feel about the aftermath. Shang is back to being the powerful soul sorcerer but ends up losing a quick battle with Kano. Kenshi is blind and left for dead but is found Sub-Zero. So he trains a blind Kenshi back to his badass self. All of this is really cool looking and it fits his character like the game. I almost feel like they want to kill off the legacy of MK here with only a couple of remaining heads from the original storylines remaining.
In the final act, Sub-Zero enlists the help of a fan favorite from hell literally who we all love and who looks like the Injustice Jim Lee-designed Scorpion. And this is when the movie picks up and we get some hardcore brutalities and fatalities. The animation also picks up and looks way better in the final act. Kano is a great character but please don’t ever make him the main antagonist. It takes away from the MK lore so hard and it feels forced.
I would recommend this to any hardcore Mortal Kombat fan. But the average viewer, they might get lost in the story and not like the new characters this movie introduces. Especially with Kano being the main villain which just doesn’t feel right. I am serious when I say the new MK fans after Deadly Alliance will see some characters here that are awesome and even the ones they hate who die really cool deaths, ugh I mean who dies of really cool Fatalities?
My Final Thoughts
Overall, the movie felt a little cheaper in quality than the last two MK films (Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, and Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle Of The Realms) in animation. Especially in the voice actors, with only one real recognizable actor here. Even to the point that this is the 3rd Sub-Zero to be voiced by another actor. But honestly, I thought Ron Yuan was great as Sub-Zero here and I kind of want to see him give it another go around. I want to see more of these be made, but with a little more quality like the first two. So, everyone give Kenshi a chance and have yourself a Mortal Kombat day.