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Published March 15th 2018
A tough, intelligant woman saves the world
Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider. Ilzek Kitshoff/Warner Bros. Pictures
In the Hollywood world of sequels and universes, there's always room for another reboot.
Tomb Raider (2018) follows the same storyline as the computer game, however, the movie easily stands on its own, as a fun adventure film, in the realm of Indiana Jones and The Mummy.
Lara Croft is a fiercely independent woman, refusing to acknowledge the death of her father, who mysteriously disappeared seven years prior. As a result, she won't allow his will to be completed and distributed. Despite being an heir to billions, she instead works as a takeaway delivery rider, who struggles to pay her bills.
It's not until an accident means Lara is facing thousands in fines that she agrees to sign her father's will, acknowledging his death.
As part of the estate, Lara is handed a mysterious ancient Japanese puzzle, which she solves straight away. This leads to a succession of clues which send her on a wild adventure to a remote island near Japan, which Lara believes holds the key to finding out what happened to her father.
Academy Award™️ winner Alicia Vikander (The Light Between Oceans, Ex-Machina) spent months working out, preparing for this role and even did all her own stunts (IMDB).
There's plenty of CGI involved, but also enough jumps, bumps, fight's and falls, which despite the movie's predictability, will still have you nervous with excitement. Alicia has no trouble holding her own as a lead, and whilst this was her first stint in an action role, I'm excited by the prospect of what else she can bring with the Lara Croft brand (there's enough hints and a sequel should be expected).
Gone are the short-shorts, replaced by far more practical cargo pants. Whilst there's obvious flaws (like how did a small army survive on an inaccessible island for seven years, yet still retain clean clothes, plenty of ammo, and a satellite phone with battery-life?) but these aside, this movie doesn't take itself too seriously.
There's a handful of comedic moments - which I'm surprised there wasn't more of, but for the most-part it entertains. More than anything, it's so refreshing to have a highly intelligent female save the world, in practical attire, without the assistance of a man.
It's a shame it didn't have a lesser rating (rated M for violence, language and supernatural themes) because there would be many young females who would relish a role-model like Lara Croft.
Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (The Wire) who plays Lara's father, Lord Richard Croft and Daniel Wu (Geostorm, Warcraft) is the sidekick whose father disappeared alongside Lara's.
Overall Tomb Raider (2018) is a refreshing action and adventure film which delivers enough intrigue and escapism to thoroughly entertain.