Film Review: Tomb Raider
Release date: 15th March 2018
Director: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Walton Goggins
Runtime: 120 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure
Watched in: 2D
Rating: 3/5 stars
Tomb Raider is a reboot of the film franchise, loosely based on the reboot of the video game. This vision of Tomb Raider is a little different from the Angelina Jolie films you may be familiar with. Alicia Vikander portrays a young Lara Croft, unable to accept her father’s death, and living away from Croft Manor. In search of her father, she journeys to a remote island off the coast of Japan where he had been looking for the tomb of Himiko. Alicia Vikander does a great job playing Lara, but there are few other substantial performances to make the film come alive.
Those who have played the 2013 game will recognise some similarities here, but the film is quite loosely inspired by the game rather than being an adaptation of it. Some things are familiar like Lara’s bow and arrow, the climbing axe and some of the action sequences, for example when she is washed down the river. Otherwise, the film takes quite a different story to the game.
The action is exciting and kept me fairly gripped, but the plot line is nothing new. Lara having to stop a bad guy from getting the tomb is the usual plot and isn’t bad. This could be done well in a way that has twists and turns, but this film fell into the trap of doing nothing different with the well-trodden plot. Without giving anything away, what they find in the tomb felt quite clichéd and made me roll my eyes. Surely they could have come up with something that actually made a good twist.
More could also have been done with visuals. The island was very bland. There was no vibrancy or dynamics in the setting, which could have brought more life to the film. The tomb itself was also lacking. It was dark and mysterious but more could have done to heighten this effect and so increase the tension.
While I enjoyed the film, it was fairly predictable with few surprises or diversions from the expected formula to make it really stand out. The end sets it up for a sequel, but I wonder if this one will be successful enough for them to make another one.