Movie Review-Tomb Raider

March 16, 2018

 There's a new Tomb Raider and her name is Alicia Vikander.  She replaces Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in a reboot of the action/adventure movie, which started out as a video game.  So far, movies made from video games have never done well at the box office. I don't think this movie will do anything to reverse that trend; even though Vikander is a 2016 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress in The Danish Girl.

 

The new Tomb Raider is a hard driving, rock and roll version of the character and that could be attributed to the movie's director, Roar Uthaug.  He began his directing career by making music videos to his own music in his home country of Norway.  This Lara Croft rocks!

 

In Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is an heiress, living the life of a commoner, after refusing to inherit the family fortune, since her father's departure and assumed death.  After discovering some clues that her father may still be alive, she travels to a mysterious island off the coast of Japan and discovers that her father, the adventurer, is still alive and that for the past seven years he has been trying to protect the world from an inherent evil being unleashed on the world.   

 

Overall however, Tomb Raider is an entertaining treasure hunt, adventure movie that is filled with plenty of green screen special effects and some pretty cool fight scenes.  The movie is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 56 minutes.

 

Alicia Vikander makes the movie watchable.  She has a tenacious spirit and is easy to root for in the movie.  There are some pretty unrealistic scenarios in the film, but what would you expect from a "video game movie?"  And the entire movie is an obvious set up for the next sequel, but it's a decent popcorn chomping movie that you can take the whole family to.  On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate Tomb Raider a LARGE.

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