Tomb Raider Review
Alicia Vikander steps into Lara Craft’s boots
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is your average girl living in London but is sitting on a large inheritance from her father (Dominic West) who she believes to be dead. Having grown up without using her father’s inheritance, she finally decides to sign on the dotted line and gain her fathers inheritance and Croft Manor. However, before she signs the legal document, she is given a Japanese puzzle box from her father’s will, which reveals secrets in how to find him. She travels to Japan and recruits a drunker sailor Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) to embark to the island their fathers seemingly dad at. Here Lara discovers the people that take claim for their father’ death, led by Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) a member of dark shadow organization called Trinity. Lara will have to stop Mathias Vogel leading Trinity to Himiko. Himiko an evil myth her father had tried to find as Himiko in the wrong hands could lead to the destruction of the entire world.
Having played many Tomb Raider games, this game comes closest to reflecting Rise of The Tomb Raider as the bow is her primary weapon in the film. It also has elements of the original games with the spike traps, the epic jumps and of course, the actual tombs. There is also a nice nod to her dual pistols at the end of the film, along with the film leaving anonymity which could lead into a sequel. Hopefully, there is a sequel in which the butler is there and somehow gets locked in the freezer, also a quick training montage in her gym like the original game. It was an enjoyable film, with a great deal of Lara using upper body strength and introducing the viewer to the new Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander showing a strong performance as Lara Croft, showing a youthful Lara Croft learning her skills. Walter Goggins also plays a great villain like always, adding a bit of humanity to the villain. Mathias essentially just following orders to see his children again. The films also play a tiny bit around with the concept of saving the many rather than just the once because of this. Great film and a nice revitalization of the Tomb Raider film franchise.