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Tomb Raider (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Roar Uthaug

Starring:
Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Dominic West, Walton Goggins

Other notable appearances:
Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost

Running time:
118 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Mummy, the Indiana Jones series

 

Lara Croft (Vikander) goes looking for her father (West) who has been missing for seven years after travelling, unbeknownst to Lara, in search of mythical places and beings. Lara must find strength within herself to survive and protect the world along the way.

This honestly wasn’t my first pick for films in the cinema at the moment because I didn’t love the games or the first set of movies starring Angelina Jolie. However, due to timing and availability, I ended up seeing the last session of Tomb Raider for the day and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Alicia Vikander was fun to watch as the strong, independent and brave Lara Croft. She’s not invincible, but she kicks butt and doesn’t take nonsense from anyone.

Nick Frost has a tiny cameo that he owns and they are some of the funniest scenes in the film.

The special effects are effective but are a little bit iffy at times. They hark back to earlier days of CGI and feel out of place. The stunts and practical effects more than make up for it though and as a whole the film is quite lovely from a visual perspective.

The story was a decent action adventure tale with a sneaky twist at the end that makes room for a sequel. I would’ve been more satisfied if the ending had ended and each film be its own instalment in an overarching premise, but I can understand why the film ended as it did and now look forward to the next film.

If you enjoy action adventures where you don’t need to over think it, then Tomb Raider is an adventure worth exploring.

Rating:

“Some men like dangerous women.”
“Some men are foolish.”

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