- Origin: 16/25
- Story: 8/25
- Camera/SFX: 19/25
- Performance: 17/25
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who–against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit–must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
- Rated: PG-13 (Some violence and language)
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama and Science Fiction
- Directed by: Roar Uthaug
- Written by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons
- Release date: 26th March, 2018 (Wide)
- Length: 118 minutes
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
|Alicia Vikander||Lara Croft|
|Dominic West||Richard Croft|
|Daniel Wu||Lu Ren|
|Walton Goggins||Mathias Vogel|
|Kristin Scott Thomas||Ana Miller|
|Derek Jacobi||Mr. Yaffe|
I liked the use of the gaming story arc, and felt that it had endless opportunities to do right. The detailed jungle and puzzles were very good and kept it the spark that made Lara Croft so good. There was nothing that stood out from its gaming counterpart, but it had enough to create a world.
The start for me was very slow and I didn’t feel the bike chase was necessary for the plot to move forward. At one point I skipped a couple of minutes as the pace was too slow to take. Once Lara was on the boat however, I felt that it started to go somewhere. The best part was the jungle chase, where Lara gets a bow and takes action. I felt most character relationships weren’t the best and you never felt any real sense of danger.
Probably the best bit about the film, this is where all the money went. The CGI allowed for some good action pieces like the plane on the waterfall and it gave us a detailed look of the ancient ruins, which made it evermore convincing. I didn’t find anything wrong with camera shots, but then there was nothing amazing, they could have done a really awesome wide of the action and all you could hear would be gun fire, then camera would zoom straight back into the action and the noise would pickup again (Jungle scene).
Alicia fitted the role of Lara very nicely, she was tough, determined and smart all in one. Walton Goggins always does well as a villain, keeping tension high and making the audience hate him with passion. Dominic West did well once again, but the rest of the cast seemed lacking to those 3.
Overall, if I was to watch this again I would just play the game as it offers so much more. It seems the games to film curse is still there, its a movie for those who need a quick fix of action whilst they are cooking dinner.