Tomb Raider

If you would like too see another reboot of a franchise of a video game that has the plot of the Raiders of the Lost Ark then you will probably like this.

  • Screenplay by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (debut feature) and Alastair Siddons (Trespass against US)
  • Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave, Escape)
  • Starring Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, The Man from U.N.C.L.E), Dominic West (John Carter, 300) and Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Lincoln)
  • Budget of $90m

My initial thoughts
Technological advancements used to happen over decades and centuries, now they take a matter of months and years. Film reboots are no different. The American adaptions of Godzilla first happened in 1956, rebooted in 1998, then again in 2014 and now 2019. Spider-Man is another example, first the late 70s, then 2002, then 2012 with the latest reboot in 2017. Tomb Raider looks like it is following the same trend. First 2001, now 2018 – so is the reboot any good or will the studios need another restart?

The ‘ccc’ review
15 years after Angelina Jolie last portrayed the iconic video game character, Alicia Vikander steps in for the latest reboot. The film’s plot is based on the 2013 reboot of the video game series (more rebooting). The film begins with Lara being a bike courier refusing to acknowledge her inheritance from her late father’s global empire and even his death. She then discovers a recording from her father, dropping everything to head to the Mother of Death Tomb, which was her father’s last known destination.

This is akin to Kong: Scull Island – set in a remote and unknown location, some relatively decent action shots, light banter among characters and a villain who is hellbent on causing trouble for irrational reasons but without the comedic relief of John C Riley.

It’s not bad, but it’s not good (let’s call it average). This is where the problem lies. With a reboot, you have the opportunity to do something different, present the character differently, follow an unfamiliar story, but this film is not different and follows every other cliche action film. The titled character is disinterested. Something in their past stirs their interest to go on the adventure. Parallel to this there is a secret evil corporation who are heading in the same direction but with a different goal. This is something you would have probably heard before and something I will probably write about again for another film.

This is Roar (great first name) Uthaug first major Hollywood film. The opening of the film is very quick and sets up the back story and the character of Lara Croft well. The story progresses at a steady pace and we are quickly taken to the dangerous Japanese island where most of the action takes place. It’s fairly entertaining but Uthuag doesn’t take his opportunity to show something different from the norm or demonstrate his style.

We feel like there was a real missed opportunity here. With all the recent Hollywood movements, Tomb Raider could have carried the torch on this and have a real leading female action hero – and recent films have shown it can be done. Black Panther and Wonder Woman have really led the way and have had a positive response as a result, but Lara Croft trails behind.

That’s not too say Alicia Vikander performance is bad. It’s solid but unspectacular, but she is a realistic role model and her acting and stunt abilities are promoted more so than her looks. She is surrounded by a good supporting cast and Walton Goggins performance as the lead villain is good and what you want from a villain in this sort of movie.

What are my final Thoughts
Tomb Raider does have a bit of substance to it and we will await the next instalment of this reboot (Box Office results so far, suggests that there will be a follow up). Hopefully in the sequel it will be a bit more expansive and offer the audience a little something different. But on this occasion, Lara will have to do a bit more searching to find a good formula.

📺🏃🏻‍♀️ can probably find a suitable alternative on tv rather than rushing to go to the cinema.

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