TOMB RAIDER (2018)
Alicia Vikander is the video game inspired adventurer Lara Croft in the new action film “TOMB RAIDER’.
Alicia Vikander-Lara Croft
Walter Goggins- Mathias Vogel
Dominic West- Lord Richard Croft
Alicia Vikander has taken over the mantel of Lara Croft in this prequel/reboot of the video game inspired film franchise. This time we are introduced to a younger Lara who has denounced her family fortune out of spite for her father leaving her for an adventure and never returning. Croft pays the bills being a bike messenger. She accepts a challenge of a “fox hunt” where she has to elude the other messengers until a paint bucket runs out to win money to pay her rent. It was a good plan and she was about to win when she ran into a police car landing her in jail.
Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas), family friend running the Croft Foundation since Richard’s disappearance, walks in to bail Lara out. Lara agrees to come and sign the papers the transfer the company to her so that the family doesn’t lose everything. Part of Richard’s will was a puzzle the Lara solved releasing a key. The key opened a secret room under the family crypt where Richard had been working on solving the mystery of Himiko.
Himiko was the Japanese goddess of death, reportedly able to kill with a touch. She was buried alive in a tomb that was hidden from the world on an uncharted island in the far east. Richard had tapes, maps and journals documenting his research and the location of the tomb. On his video he tells Lara to destroy all his notes so they don’t fall into the hands of the evil corporate raiders of Trinity. Lara combs through the research and sets off to Japan to find out what happen to her father.
Lara hires Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), the son of the ship captain that took her dad on his adventure 7 years earlier. Calm seas become relentless when they near the island forcing Lara to abandon ship. Croft washes up on shore where she is captured by Trinity and she meets Mathias Vogel, the man that killed her father!
This version of Lara Croft is gritty and green as she is new to the adventure game, Vikander is awesome in the role that only is hampered by the writer’s lack of creativity. Tomb Raider seems like a tribute to Indiana Jones, only missing the giant ball coming at us. There are a few great action scenes, the best ones come in the tomb as she tries to defeat Mathias played by Walter Goggins (who nails it!). Dominic West is good as the missing father who is relegated to flashback scenes though the film. My biggest gripe is Lara Croft’s refusal to use a gun in the film…..she brings an archery set to a machine gun battle!
In the end, TOMB RAIDER is a fun ride and worth the entertainment dollar to get the origin story and see Vikander kick butt in the jungle. I look forward to future films with Alicia in the title role.
I give TOMB RAIDER 5/6 arrows