Review: Mortal Kombat : Pop Culture Happy Hour The Mortal Kombat franchise began in 1992 with an arcade fighting game featuring grisly pixelated deaths. It spawned many sequels and spinoffs, comics, television shows and films. The latest entry, a film called Mortal Kombat, introduces Cole Young, played by Lewis Tan, who is tapped to save the Earthrealm with classic character like Liu Kang, Sonya Blade and Jax.
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'Mortal Kombat': A Less-Than-Flawless Victory

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'Mortal Kombat': A Less-Than-Flawless Victory

'Mortal Kombat': A Less-Than-Flawless Victory

'Mortal Kombat': A Less-Than-Flawless Victory

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In Mortal Kombat, Lewis Tan plays struggling MMA fighter Cole Young. Mark Rogers/Warner Bros. Entertainment hide caption

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In Mortal Kombat, Lewis Tan plays struggling MMA fighter Cole Young.

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The Mortal Kombat franchise began in 1992 with an arcade fighting game featuring grisly pixelated deaths. It spawned many sequels and spinoffs, comics, television shows and films. The latest entry, a film called Mortal Kombat, introduces Cole Young, played by Lewis Tan, who is tapped to save the Earthrealm.

The audio was produced by Mallory Yu and edited by Jessica Reedy.