The first episode of Warner Brother’s new foray into the web series world has gone online, and Mortal Kombat: Legacy looks… well, kinda boring so far.
Even though it looks sharp enough and there’s nothing particularly groan-worthy about it, the short still disappoints even mild expectations simple because it does almost nothing. It’s even hard to judge if the series is using the proof-of-concept piece as canon, or if it’s jumping off from scratch because so little happens. Either way a mistake has been made, as there is barely an ounce of the fantastic here, nothing interesting or fun that ties this into Mortal Kombat right from the start. Instead, we get pretty standard low-budget action set in a warehouse amid machinery. This thing may as well have been hosted on Vimeo and be a reel for a cinematography student for all the cheesy light-bulb set dressing, knock-off speed-ramping, and egregious slow-mo. The thing that could make this fun is the over-the-top gritty treatment of the inherently cartoony material present in the MK universe, and there’s none of that so far.
The costuming, props, effects, directing, action and acting are all on par with web shorts that have relatively respectable budgets and competent filmmakers behind them, but regardless they are too cheap and thin to excite without some kind of interesting hook. The mere presence of Sonja, Jaxx, and Kano are not enough to elicit interest, considering they’re the most boring characters of the whole gallery. Also, a few “fucks” and some After Effects blood fx do not make the series edgy from the get go.
All of this to say: boring. A tiny sprinkle of budget and a brand name is not enough to set your 12 minutes apart from the whole ocean of internet-based cleverness Warner Brothers. Get some weird characters and interesting shit going but quick, or get lost among all the no-budget fan trailers that at least have something funny or cute to offer. There’s no chance this will ever be a legitimately dark series, or something with literary merit- so step up the krazy, I say.
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