REVIEW OF TOMB RAIDER

Synopsis and information obtained from ComingSoon.net 

Grade: A+

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The Tomb Raider franchise was introduced to my generation via the 1996 classic video game called Tomb Raider which landed on the platforms of the original Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The character then came to life on the big screen via Angelina Jolie in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001. She encapsulated the sexy and sassy Croft with precision, echoing the character from game. Prepubescent youth were drawn not only to the characters athleticism and affinity with weapons, they were especially captivated by her voluptuous physic. Needless to say, Lara caused quite a stir.

In 2013, around the launch of the Xbox One, a new reboot of Tomb Raider was born. Instead of focusing on sexual temptations, the new Croft was toned down in her appearance, and amped up with her attitude. The 1996 Croft would seduce you, while the the 2013 Croft simply kick your ass without an introduction. The creators of this franchise, no matter what version of the character the public has given, has proven to give a heroine that countess generations have loved.

Now comes the 2018 cinematic reboot of Tomb Raider, with actress Alicia Vikander, whose portrayal of the iconic hero mirrors the 2013 video game version; no fluff, just pure ass kicking. In this movie, which is a prequel of sorts, Lara embarks on a globe trotting adventure in order to piece together a dangerous puzzle and prevent a deadly curse from spreading across the globe.

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Vikander does a great job acting as a version of Lara Croft learning her craft, with both sass and grace. She acts opposite Walter Goggins who plays Mathias Vogel, a person who is hungry to unleash the curse. Goggins always plays a terrible person because he is great at it. His role in Tomb Raider is no exception.

With a run time of just under two hours, you will be on the edge of your seat for the entire duration. The movie is in keeping with the principal media the character was crafted in as the video game adage, “whatever can break, will break.” Honesty, I hope Vikander bought her stunt double something nice, because audiences will see Lara fall, a lot, as well as take beatings from the villains that she encounters. The movie is graphic and quite violent for only a PG-13 rating.

I was fortunate enough to attend the Los Angeles premiere for Tomb Raider at the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater, which totes an IMAX screen. Tomb Raider is big and loud and deserving of a viewing on an IMAX screen. The cinematography was done well and it makes you feel as if you were right alongside Lara on her wild ride. The score was incredible too and really added to the intensity of the movie.

If you are a Tomb Raider fan, old or young, Vikander’s transformation of Lara Croft is well worth the outing. I was really craving an all out action movie and Tomb Raider delivered in spades. I eagerly await Lara’s next adventure!

Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of violence and action, and for some language)
Director: Roar Uthaug
Screenwriters: Geneva Dworet-Robertson, and Alastair Siddons
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Kristin Scott Thomas
Genre: Action, Adventure

Synopsis:
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) 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. 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. Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes 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.

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