Tomb Raider (2018) – Review

When Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) suddenly vanishes, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the daughter of the British explorer, becomes determined to unearth the truth behind the adventurer’s strange disappearance. Pushing herself beyond her limits and armed with clues, she manages to discover the island her father was last seen on and does all she can to find answers from those responsible. It’s worth noting that this review was based solely on the movie I watched at the time and not the video games or previous films that have been made.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons, Evan Daugherty
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins

Tomb Raider is a movie I’ve wanted to catch since its initial release and this past weekend I had the chance to do just that with it streaming on Netflix. It has to be said however, I’ve never been the biggest Tomb Raider fan so for me, I was surprised at the movie and its general direction. The flick was most definitely more of an adventure film with large elements of mystery, rather than the flat-out action film I anticipated.

In terms of the story and plot, both of these were pretty clear and concise from the off and easy to invest in as a viewer, albeit slightly predictable. For sure, there were moments that didn’t quite make too much logical sense but in flicks of this nature, you have to have the ability of suspending your belief to an extent.

On a whole, the film was really well made and visually compelling with some brilliant usage of modern-day CGI. Some superb cinematography was put forward too, especially of several different cities before eventually moving to an island just off the coast of Japan, where the majority of the film took place.

Credit to the filmmakers must also come in the form of being able to shoot certain scenes like they were straight out of a video game. Some of the tense fight scenes looked really authentic and seemed somewhat realistic without being blown way out of proportion and becoming unconvincing like many films of this nature, while there was also quite a few suspenseful chase scenes thrown in there too.

In terms of the cast, Alicia Vikander did a rather solid job of portraying Lara Croft and didn’t really look out of her depth at all, despite criticism from some. There was also a pretty impressive supporting cast, made up of Dominic West and Walton Goggins, who adopted the roles of Lord Richard Croft and Mathias Vogel respectively. Goggins did a great job of portraying the evil enemy, as he does so in so many other movies and television shows like this.

The film was certainly set up nicely for a sequel, whether or not that will happen, I’m unsure. Reports seem to be indicating 2021 could be the year of the release, but whether that is being pushed back or postponed is still unknown.

“Close the tomb once and for all. The fate of humanity is now in your hands.

Lord Richard Croft – Tomb Raider

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