Tomb Raider (2018)
Director: Roar Uthaug
Screenwriters: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons.
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Maisy De Freitas, Emily Carey, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost, Jaime Winstone, Hannah John-Kamen, Antonio Aakeel, Duncan Airlie James.
Plot: When the young Lara Croft finds her missing father’s research on Himiko, an ancient queen of Yamatai, she embarks on an adventure in Japan, searching for answers.
I find this new ‘Tomb Raider’ to be less interesting than I expected. Alicia Vikander is very convincing in portraying Lara Croft – she obviously trained to star as the titular character and got a ripped body that would allow the heroine to survive unbelievable feats almost unscathed, and this certainly shows; not to mention her signature feistiness – but some elements are left unsolved. For example, Lu Ren, the man who helps Lara in her journey, offered a lot of potential for character development but didn’t play a major role; he seems to be a simple plot device that is useful only in aiding Lara in her pursuits of getting what she wants. The whole film is based very much on visual effects and computer techniques (CGI), an aspect of the picture that may put off traditionalists, while the story seemed promising but developed in a way that thwarts the viewer’s expectations, creating a finished product that fans of the gaming franchise and adventure movies in general may appreciate or even come to adore.