“Tomb Raider” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

15 March, 2018

Director: Roar Uthaug
Screenwriters: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons
Director of Photography: George Richmond
Alicia VikanderDominic West, Kristin Scott Thomas

Synopsis: The origin story of adventuring archaeologist Lara Croft who follows a trail left behind by her dead father which leads her to an island housing a cursed tomb with potentially deadly powers.

Tomb Raider Review:

Cinema’s first run-in with the post-2013 Lara Croft who trades her iconic buxom figure for a more intriguing backstory, “Tomb Raider” remains faithful to the franchise’s bold new aesthetic, revitalising a familiar character with a freshness made effortless by the stark difference between the old and the new. Surprising viewers who fondly recall the glory days where Angelina Jolie’s breasts were plastered front and centre around the world while looking to avoid the simplistic and somewhat crass pleasures of Toby Gard’s original characterisation, the film opts for a sweeter, more charming rendition of its tank-topped hero, exploring her vulnerability without undercutting Croft’s sheer strength and determination in the face of possible death.

Pushing Alicia Vikander to the peak of fitness but hitting a brick wall due to the limitations of her small frame, “Tomb Raider” finds other ways to excite its audience, gawping at spectacle rather than physique in explosive action sequences with breath-taking death drops. Seemingly aware of the fact that this is by far the film’s most impressive element, director Roar Uthaug turns our eyes into gamepads, reproducing familiar moments for gamers on a far grander scale. From a mad dash through the streets of London to a death-defying parachute jump, “Tomb Raider” excels amid challenge and danger, pumping adrenaline wherever necessary while trailing viewers through the action on ground level.

Bookended by clunky cutscenes lazily included as the film’s necessary introduction and conclusion sequences, “Tomb Raider” shines in its middle portion alone, locating a bizarre McGuffin which becomes the saving grace in a story heading straight for the toilet. Bulked out heavily by scenes that would’ve made last years “The Mummy” a gazillion times more palatable, the film knows how to play its cards without fumbling the ball, making its lack of plausibility feel somewhat irrelevant when placed alongside scenes defined by their undeniable entertainment value.


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