‘Tomb Raider’ Review

tomb_raiderTomb Raider is an action-adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug and is a reboot of the Tomb Raider film series. The film stars Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu with Dominic West and Kristin Scott Thomas in supporting roles. Based on the tenth and eleventh titles in the Tomb Raider video game franchise, the story follows Lara Croft as she embarks on a perilous journey to her father’s last-known destination, hoping to solve the mystery of his untimely disappearance. Roar Uthaug does a decent job directing this film. Many of the action scenes are great and contain a lot of movement that’s very easy for the viewer to track. Some of the scenes are a bit too dark and could have used better lighting. The fight scenes are nice as well and feel realistic for a character like Lara Croft. Due to her smaller stature, Lara uses more of a grappling style of combat to get the upper hand on her opponents. Alicia Vikander is fantastic as Lara Croft. She brings a lot of emotion to the role and her take on the character is totally different than Angelina Jolie’s. Vikander’s interpretation is younger, more reckless, and just coming into her own as a tomb raider. Since she is not an actual archeologist in this incarnation. Walton Goggins does well as the villain, Mathias Vogel. He’s a member of the shadowy organization, Trinity, and is on the island to locate the Tomb of Himiko for his employers. Goggins portrays Mathias as just a guy who is trying to get home to his family. If he wants to get off the island, then he has to find the tomb. Overall, he feels like a conflicted character who only works for Trinity because he believes they are too big to go against. In terms of evil actions, the cruelest thing viewers see Mathias do is shoot an elderly man, instilling fear into the rest of the captives. Daniel Wu and Dominic West are fine as Lu Ren II and Richard Croft, respectively, but their roles are very minor. The story is where the film falters, as it is pretty basic and gets predictable at times. There are a couple emotional moments that are quickly glossed over that could have added more depth to Lara if fully explored. Some character actions feel rushed and dumb considering what the viewer learns at the same time the character does. Also, there are a few events that necessitate the viewer to take a leap of faith in order to believe how they are resolved. I give Tomb Raider a Normal 6.8/10. It’d be interesting to see where the studio would take this character in a sequel if it’s ever made. If not, then there are always the video games.

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