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'Tomb Raider' Review: Reboot Brings A Dull Addition To The Franchise

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw similarly pointed out that the film's origin-story setup - which shows how Croft came into her wealth, her martial arts skills and interest in tomb raiding - borrowed much from films of the past, especially the Indiana Jones films. In its own way, Tomb Raider '18 delivers a lot of wonderful action and mystery, doing so with a smart mix of practical and digital effects. Its biggest problem is that it takes the Tomb Raider story that fans have become familiar with and sucks a lot of the fun out of it.

Plot: Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) has spent years trying to overcome the disappearance of her eccentric father, Richard Croft (Dominic West). Refusing to accept his death, she soon discovers the site where he was last seen. In the movie, he plays the captain who helps Lara reach the island where she hopes to find her father. The early reception pretty much makes it clear that she achieved her goal. While Goggins (sporting a very Rick Grimes-esque beard) is always a joy to behold on screen, his wafer-thin villain is only granted mere moments of dimension and subtext.

Also, no one needs a perfunctory father-daughter relationship in a movie that should have ideally been a rip-roaring adventure.

Tomb Raider isn't subtle in planting seeds for sequels.

Leading the films supporting cast is Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands) as Lara's reluctant companion also in search of answers.


On the subject of characterization, let's talk about Lara herself.

Vikander may be one of the sexiest women working in Hollywood, sure, but prepare to see her covered head-to-toe in mud, sweat and blood. Although that is a big problem and re-raises what felt like an age-old complaint from the Weekend Confirmed days, that being that Lara taking a life feels like it doesn't carry any emotional weight. I thought her breast reduction was noticeable and distracting there, and done for dishonest reasons.

The new look series has a few things going for it.

Beyond that, her character feels nearly joyless. The Academy Award victor doesn't have to be better than Angelina Jolie, but instead can focus on being a role model heroine for 2018.

In the 22 years of Lara Croft's existence, she's kicked down plenty of doors, both virtual and proverbial, in proving the power of a female heroine in gaming and pop culture. Regardless, Tomb Raider remains borderline "rotten" as more critics continue to drop their disapproval. In a flawless world, we'd get a "Tomb" map editor. While Lara has to work through plenty of riddles along the way to Himiko's tomb, there's only really one that the audience themselves get the chance to try and solve first, and otherwise it's not all that engaging just watching the star sit down and figure out an ancient Japanese take on the Rubik's cube.

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