Mortal Kombat parents guide

Mortal Kombat Parent Guide

Overall D

This big screen adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombatfeatures three professional martial arts fighters who must must battle to save the earth from ruthless aliens.

Release date August 15, 1995

Violence D-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B
Substance Use --

Why is Mortal Kombat rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Mortal Kombat PG-13 for non-stop martial arts action and some violence.

Run Time: 101 minutes

Parent Movie Review

If you think the little cartoon like characters on video games are violent, just imagine the gore that can be produced using real people. After viewing Mortal Kombat, you won’t have to imagine any longer. The script takes you through one fight after the next, level by level, until you reach the great battle at the end. However, unlike the video game on which it’s based, (and even more importantly, unlike real life) the players in this movie always win.

Mortal Kombat’s plot? Three characters—all professional martial arts fighters—must fight in a battle to save the earth from ruthless aliens from another world. That’s it. The rest of the film is a continual fight fest with unending violence without consequences. People are brutally injured, mutilated, and killed with no regard for life. Verbal negotiation is never attempted to solve a conflict.

The opening scene is a prime example of what is to come. A young warrior is fighting with a more experienced man. He is soon beaten to the ground, his back broken with the sound of crushing bones. Then, he is raised up by his hair and mocked.

This film teaches a survival of the fittest philosophy that extends to a religious level. The gods portrayed are all evil, with the exception of one that is a wisecracking karate coach. This leaves an impression that learning to fight is a priority in life that negates the need for faith in anyone or anything else.

If your children are interested in martial arts, find another movie that at least depicts these skills realistically, and not within a lawless society as shown here. The producers are careful to note at the end of the credits that the American Humane Society was impressed that not even an insect was harmed during the making of this movie. Too bad they don’t have the same concern for the minds of the young American Human Society that are likely watching this.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Bridgette Wilson. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release August 15, 1995. Updated

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Mortal Kombat movie is March 26, 1997. Here are some details…

Mortal Kombat releases to Blu-ray on April 19, 2011.

Mortal Kombat releases toDVD on March 26,1997.