Tomb Raider 2018 Movie Review

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Tomb Raider 2018 Review

"Some men like dangerous women."

Tomb Raider 2018

A strong, capable, and even dangerous woman can be attractive. Especially when she's kicking ass all the way from the streets of London to Timbuktu. That being said, what's not so damn sexy is a reboot of a film franchise that started a mere seventeen years prior. Now with Angelina Jolie's (Girl, Interrupted) easily distractable screen presence left out of the question, the two Lara Croft movies that she starred in in the 2000's were nothing to be excited about. And personally, I would've been content to have never seen another adaptation based on the much better games that influenced them. But Hollywood has to regurgitate more of the same, instead of taking a few risks on original fare, and so we get Tomb Raider; the next in line of unnecessary reboots.

In line with the Oscar curse where certain actors win the award and closely follow up their career defining moments with a guaranteed higher paycheck bringing comicbook/videogame/live action cartoon adaptation that turns out to be lackluster (Jolie, Charlize Theron Aeon Flux, Halle Berry Catwoman, Jared Leto Suicide Squad), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) gets her turn to shine and ultimately waste it on nothing special. Her screen charisma is there, yet when an entire film that centers around her is rendered pointless by going through the same predictable motions over and over again, then there's not much to be enthused about, is there? Tomb Raider is watchable to a point, but it's not enough to justify its existence especially when considering how much money and technical effort was put into its production. The story is pretty much a Tron Legacy rip off that becomes easily foreseeable moments into the first act. To be honest, that first act is actually the film's best (and only) part. As Vikander has fun as a bike courier who interacts with her friends and coworkers in London, things appear to be going in the right direction. That is until all of those interesting elements get completely forgotten (for the rest of the movie) and we sit back and watch (or yawn) as steps A, B, and C are laid out before us. There are no surprises here. I mean isn't that what Tomb Raider is supposed to be about, surprising discoveries? Every single following step is obvious before it happens. Every risk that Lara takes isn't risky at all. We all know that no matter how many bullets are fired at her or how many ledges she dangles from, that she's going to be okay. Where's the fun in that? The trailers also spoil about ninety-five percent of the action and reveals of the picture as well. Daniel Wu's (Into the Badlands) character is used sorely for the purpose of Vikander to have somebody to converse with during her journey. The always entertaining Walton Goggins (American Ultra) is rendered down to a one-note villain (maybe 1 and a 1/2 note) with little substance. And Dominic West (Punisher: Warzone) isn't bad, however he and this movie would've worked better as a father raising his daughter tale over what we get instead.

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Final Thoughts

Should I waste some more of your time by giving a few extra reasons why Tomb Raider isn't relevant enough to view in any format? Not really.

Rating- 3 out of 10

Tomb Raider (2018)

PG-13 | 1h 58min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 16 March 2018 (USA)

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father 
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Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet (screenplay by), Alastair Siddons (screenplay by)
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins