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"Tomb Raider" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Tomb Raider is a reboot of the film series and also an adaptation of the 2013 game, which was also a reboot. Lara Croft has been a strong selling video game series but there's only been two films previously made. There's a reason for that, however, most can agree Angelina Jolie made one incredible Lara Croft. Now, Alicia Vikander steps into the role. Let me tell you, this was the breath of fresh air Croft needed. The Angie Jolie films were cheesy and outlandish whereas Alicia's version is grounded in reality and gives logical explanations to everything going on. I'm sure there will be people upset that it didn't follow the game 100% but I'm honestly happy with the changes the film made. The game used the "crazy cult searching for supernatural power" plot which has been used to death, the biggest parallel being Resident Evil 4. The film instead went another route, one that made complete sense and was more realistic.

Tomb Raider is an origin story more than anything. It follows young Lara Croft as she abandons the inheritance left to her in her father's will because she refused to believe he was dead. She wasn't going to touch a penny of that money because she believed it still belonged to him. She took a job as a courier and was working hard to make ends meet. Finally persuaded to sign the inheritance papers by stepmother Ana, Lara obtains her father's puzzle box as part of the inheritance, discovering a message her father left behind that would lead her on a journey, not only of adventure but also of self-discovery.

The thing I loved about Alicia Vikander is that she did 100% of her stunts. The falling, jumping, swimming, climbing, and painful impacts were all her. Kudos to her for not using a stunt double. I also loved that Alicia's Lara was portrayed as human and vulnerable rather than an unkillable, egotistical, and reckless snob. You actually felt sorry for Lara and you wanted her to win in the end. The only dislike I had was that the plot could be a bit too simple at times. Yes, I'm glad they stayed away from the crazed cult plot of the game but I do wish they had given us a bit more to think about. Thankfully Alicia and Walton Goggins were able to steal the spotlight and keep us invested. I do think Walton was a bit underdeveloped in a way. He has such an astounding talent to make you uneasy but at the same time you just can't help but love the guy. He seemed rather wooden in this and that's a huge shame.

In conclusion, I was mostly happy with how the film turned out and I do hope that they continue with the sequel that was setup at the end of the film. If it's anything like the Rise of the Tomb Raider game was, then it'll be one breathtaking film. Here's hoping! I give Tomb Raider a 3.5 out of 4.

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