Tomb Raider (2018)

Seven years after her wealthy dad’s mysterious disappearance, Lara Croft embarks on a quest to discover his fate using the clues he left behind.

Year: 2018
Certificate: 12
Runtime: 1hr 58m
Director: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Alicia VikanderDominic WestWalton GogginsDaniel WuKristin Scott ThomasDerek JacobiAlexandre WillaumeHannah John-Kamen

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A surprisingly enjoyable take on the rebooted source material.

Having left the “Tomb Raider” movie franchise back in 2003 with the somewhat disappointing “Cradle of Life”,  “Tomb Raider” 2018 follows in the footsteps of the game franchise by rebooting the story and does so fairly successfully. After her father goes missing years prior and presumed dead Lara Croft is working as a courier. Lara takes on a bet which leads her to crashing her bike and is subsequently arrested. She is assisted by Ana who worked alongside her father who helps her get out of jail.

Upon being told that her childhood home would be placed up for sale, Lara reluctantly accepts her inheritance having previously rejected it due to being convinced her father is still alive. Going back to her father’s house she discovers a secret room which leads her to travel to Hong Kong to start unravelling the secrets her father held…

Yes, it’s a bit generic, but ultimately the plot serves as a character vehicle. A reason to have the characters on screen to establish the world of Tomb Raider. I love movies that choose to focus more on character building than spectacle and this is not something I had expected from a Tomb Raider movie.

I should say this now though if you have fond memories of playing the original game and expect to see something in respect to that then you will be disappointed. That being said, if you’re a fan that enjoyed the more grounded, modern games then you may just get a kick out of this.

Alicia Vikander takes on the role of Lara Croft and does a great job. Lara this time round is played with less confidence and less world weary which works really well in the context of what is essentially her origin story. She is backed up by Daniel Wu who plays her loyal sidekick and friend ‘Lu Ren’ and a few other names you will no doubt recognise.

There’s fan service paid occasionally and I won’t point it out here but I’m sure you will pick it up when viewing it for yourself. The environment and locations, while sometimes a tad dull, do not detract from the story that’s trying to be told and the soundtrack, although fairly forgettable, does its job of adding tension and atmosphere.

Overall I actually like this take better than the first two and given it’s grounded more in reality (as much as a Tomb Raider movie can be) it is much more relatable as we see Lara rise from young woman to strong action hero.

I’m glad I revisited this one and I urge old and new fans of the franchise to give it your attention.

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