Watch ‘Mortal Kombat’ 2021 Online Free: Where to Stream?
If you’re a fan of the ’90s video game, you may want to know how to watch Mortal Kombat online for free. Mortal Kombat—based on the video game series of the same name—premiered on HBO Max and in theaters on Friday, April 23.
Like the video games, the movie is martial arts and fantasy-based and follows a tournament known as “Mortal Kombat,” in which the mightiest warriors from each real compete. If one real wins 10 tournaments in a row, they receive the ability to invade a rival realm, with a goal toward dominance, submergence and conquering. The film is seen as the third movie in the Mortal Kombat film series, which premiered in 1995 and released a sequel in 1997.
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The Mortal Kombat video game debuted in 1992 and has since been spun off into more than 20 other games. “There are so many different crazy action scenes in this film… I could go on forever about them,” Mortal Kombat star Lewis Tan told Fox News in April 2021 of the movie. “I got to set and they were like, ‘OK, you’re good, right?’ So put on [this] harness and we’re going to show you [a] wire stunt and you’re going to lie on the floor here and then you’re going to fly forty feet this way into the dirt on the floor…You’re dizzy, you’re delirious about being out in the real world for the first time and immediately I’m launched on this thing.”
It’s been more than a decade since the last Mortal Kombat movie, but for diehard fans, the new film is worth the wait. Ahead is how to watch Mortal Kombat online for free to see the iconic video game come to life.
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While HBO Max doesn’t have a free trial, customers can still try out the service for free via Hulu’s HBO Max free trial. The service allows users to try both Hulu and HBO Max for free for seven days, which is enough time to test out the site before subscribing. Just be sure to set a reminder to cancel your subscription before you’re charged. After the trial ends, the service will cost $14.99 to add HBO Max to one’s Hulu account.
If you’re an AT&T customer (or know someone who is), you may be eligible for a free HBO Max subscription. The first step is to check if your AT&T plans includes a free HBO Max subscription. Eligible plans include: AT&T Unlimited Elite, AT&T Unlimited Plus, AT&T Unlimited Plus Enhanced, AT&T Unlimited Choice, AT&T Unlimited Choice II, AT&T Unlimited Choice Enhanced and AT&T Unlimited &More Premium. If you have one of these plans, you’re eligible for a complimentary HBO Max account. There are FAQs with instructions on how to claim your free HBO Max subscription here and here.
For a film adaptation of a long-running franchise that’s so interested in orienting newcomers it invented a new central character to learn about everything along with newcomers, 2021’s Mortal Kombat is stuffed to the brim with explicit fan service. From lines of dialogue cribbed explicitly from the game catchphrases, to characters recreating their gruesome fatalities, to a particularly inspired gag poking at players who spam sweep kicks, Mortal Kombat certainly wants to give fans “the thing they know from the game but in a movie instead.”
For the most part, I was struggling so heavily with the lack of foundational quality and competency in the aspects of the film’s storytelling and filmmaking, that any attempts at fan goodwill vis-a-vis familiar catch phrases blended together in white noise. Kano says “Kano wins”? Kung Lao says “Flawless victory”? Scorpion says “Get over here”? Fine, sure. Everything else about the film feels chaotic and stubborn, so why not include the nonsensical, arbitrary additions of pre-packaged nostalgia, too? Ya can’t hurt what’s already pained.
Except for one moment. This moment of fan service is so bonkers, so tonally flailing, so audaciously glued together that it latched and hatched into my ear holes upon impact, and has not stopped festering since. To its credit, it’s at least trying to track a piece of fan service to a piece of emotionally motivated character development, trying to treat the things screamed in the game by a deep-voiced announcer with a level of authority, ownership, reverence. To its detriment, well, everything else about the moment’s execution.
The world of Mortal Kombat is not only filled with colorful characters of different fighting styles and looks, it’s also a world where each kombatant has a series of special moves and fatalities. Those moves and powers are defined by who they are, and ultimately connect to their own backstory in a special meaningful way. So when it came to giving Lewis Tan’s Cole Young his powers, there was a lot of thought given towards how they’d connect to his lineage as one of the most recent descendants of Scorpion himself.
Simon McQuoid recently spoke with the ReelBlend podcast, and he gave our hosts some deeper insight into just how the production developed the powers for Lewis Tan’s Mortal Kombat protagonist. With each character having their own unique Arcana, which in turn grants them a super ability akin to the special moves they would have in the game, each fighter’s skills are unique. McQuoid described Cole Young’s powers from the film.
The Mortal Kombat reboot primary takes place in the worlds of Earthrealm and Outworld, with a bit of time spent in the Netherrealm, but there are many more realms in the franchise, each with their own distinct nature and role in the story. The fantasy universe of Mortal Kombat has expanded dramatically in the years since the first video game released. Given how loyal the new movie is to the source material, it’s likely that other realms could appear in future films.
By time we get to the final fight in Mortal Kombat, Cole Young discovers his Arcana just as Prince Goro starts to threaten his family. The manifestation of his powers is a gold armor that is reminiscent of Scorpion’s kunai, right down to how it wraps around him. Not to mention, Hanzo’s newfound fire powers in the NetherRealm make an appearance too, as seen in the glowing that comes from within each time Cole is hit.