Tomb Raider Review

Tomb Raider Review

At its best, Tomb Raider is a passable action movie. It has some cool fight scenes and a neat tomb to raid. But this iteration of iconic adventurer Lara Croft misses the mark by reducing her identity to her relationship with her missing father and her physical prowess. This movie may directly lift many elements from the excellent 2013 video game reboot, but it disappointingly chooses not to adapt what made Lara an interesting and deep character. Seven years after Richard Croft’s disappearance, the estranged Lara has abandoned her family fortune and instead chosen to work as a courier who struggles to make ends meet. The first few scenes go to great lengths to prove her athleticism, but fail to develop Lara’s character beyond mild angst as she drifts through life. The fact that she had no prior interest in archeology or desire for adventure makes her a bland heroine next to the video game character, despite Alicia Vikander’s best attempts to bring life to Lara. She only finds something to care about after she discovers her father’s secret archeology hideout. She then uses his research on the uncharted island of Yamatai and its supernatural queen, Himiko, to look for him. Continue reading…
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