If you’re an avid player of the Tomb Raider games, you will truly appreciate Tomb Riader (2018) more so than the average moviegoer who has never picked up the game.
Many of the scenes in the film are straight from the 2013 Tomb Raider game reboot starting with the boat scene when Lara arrives at the island, to the epic old plane crash scene, and down to some of the wounds that she received in the game -- like the metal shard in her side.
But, if you are still lingering over the fact Angelina isn’t the face of the 2018 Tomb Raider release, then go watch the old ones.
Aside from lacking Angelina Jolie’s beauty, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander literally kicked ass with her “acting” as the new Lara Croft.
Honestly, Vikander’s stature was more suitable for the character of Lara Croft. Vikander did amazing working out specifically to fit the role and for the stunt scenes in the film.
Alicia, plays a young Lara Croft, a bike carrier who refuses to accept the trust fund and Croft estate that was left to her after her father was presumed dead after he went missing.
The movie opens with Lara in a kickboxing match, which she, in turn, gets her ass handed to her or in her words “Marmalized.”
This sets up the beginning of the backstory of Lara Croft and how she became a badass with flashbacks to her memories of her father and a visit to the Croft Estate that we all remember practicing our flips and shots in the early Tomb Raider games.
Director Uthaug knew how to get the attention of the fans.
Mixing some epic set designs mixed with some decent SFX. I was really impressed by the set designs in the film by Gary Freeman.
The actual boat that you see in the film is a REAL prop and not a 3D-generated model.
That scene was shot in a studio with a boat, fans, and water to simulate the ocean. Other than the great scenes captured from the game… Dominick West gave a star performance capturing one the villains in the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot game.
All in all, the movie was good with non-stop action. The only thing I feel could have been done differently would be creating a curiosity for the audience by playing into the films mystery island of Himiko.
The film was non-stop action with a moment where you weren’t sure Lara wouldn’t solve the puzzle, but it was too easy.
If this is the making of Lara it just seemed there weren’t much struggles when it came to her being the great Tomb Raider that she is.
I get it. Her father left her clues and puzzles as a child, which made her an expert, but come on?
It was too predictable in a sense that you knew she would have solved that same puzzle later in the film.
Overall, I give Tomb Raider 3 ½ stars out of 5. The film left me hoping there would be another film to follow.
Tomb Raider (2018)
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott, Derek Jacobi
Director: Roar Uthaug