Tomb Raider is the new action adventure movie based on the well-known video game of the same name. It’s also a reboot of 2001 movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider staring Angelina Jolie. It’s also directed Roar Uthaug and stars Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Nick Frost. Let’s dig into this review. For anyone who is a movie buff, they would know that the video game genre has struggled mightily. Adaptations have varied from bad to outright terrible. So now, here comes Tomb Raider. A movie that has a lot of promise but currently stands at a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m usually a half glass full type of guy and that remains the same here. I liked Tomb Raider and kind of surprised that the RT score is that low. Anyway let’s get into the particulars.
I really liked Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. In the Jolie movies, Lara was basically a superhero. She was in her prime and didn’t seem to do anything wrong. This movie is a straight up origin movie as we see Lara come into her own. Lara doesn’t make all of the right decisions and it makes her a lot more human. Vikander is one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood and she did a great job of showing emotion. I also liked the style of the film very much. It’s dirty, gritty, and realistic. I’ve always felt Lara is similar to Indiana Jones and I felt that while watching this movie. I also thought the action in the movie was solid. Nothing blew me away but there are a few scenes that showcase Lara’s talents; mainly with a bow and arrow.
As for the negatives, it’s not really a negative. It’s more of a disappointment. This movie plays it safe it’s very predictable. There must have been 5 situations in the movie I already knew the outcome before it happened. Maybe it’s because I watch more movies than the average person; but those situations were pretty easy to read. I also didn’t like the ending. It was a blatant set up for the sequel and it wasn’t organic at all. It would’ve made a lot more sense if they put that in a post-credit scene. I just don’t think they had the guts to do that.
While I don’t think Tomb Raider definitively breaks the video game curse, I still had a good time with it. So while I wouldn’t tell anyone to run out and go see it; it’s still worthy of the $10 bucks you’d spend.
Steven Santoro (SVS_1993)