Those who know me -- and perhaps a fair share of regular readers here at SciFiHistory.Net -- know all too well that I'm no gamer. For posterity's sake, let me clarify that: it isn't that I don't like video games but rather I truly lack the skills -- the quick-thinking, the hand-eye-coordination -- to really be any good at it, so I stayed away from it. But in the early thru mid-1990's, I had a buddy who loved the stuff so much that he'd drag me (and the wifey) to damn near anything video game related that got transformed into a major motion picture. I rarely cared for any of it, but activity like this is just what we do when we have good friends and those good friends can bribe us to do damn near anything this side of legal.
So, yes, I'd seen the original Mortal Kombat and its sequel. I knew nothing about them going in, and it's safe to say that I didn't come away a believer in any of it. Some of the 1990's theatrical fare was really a dark age so far as digital effects are concerned: yes, they had been introduced in the 1980's and grew fairly commonplace in the early 1990's, but a lot of studios weren't -- ahem -- spending as much as would be needed on these special effects to deliver a truly transformative visual experience. Instead, they ponied up decent thrills for a modest audience, hoping that whatever buzz got created would more likely transform to stronger shelf life in the home rental business, which was still growing in leaps and bounds throughout that decade (for the most part).
A property like Mortal Kombat still has a decent following today (I'm told and have no direct knowledge of this firsthand), so it makes sense that some enterprising film executives would decide the franchise was ripe for a remake. Why not? Everything is getting remade these days, and these films tend to break even more often than they bankrupt a studio.
So the trailer for the new incarnation of Mortal Kombat has dropped. It's up on Youtube.com, and I'm pleased to post it below, though I suspect the trailer's rating might require you to surf over there to see it in its umblemished glory. Buyer beware.