Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons and Evan Daugherty
Starring: Alicia Vikander
Fortunately I can safely say that the latest reboot coming out of Hollywood is certainly one of, if not the best video game into movie adaptations… but that bar hasn’t exactly been set very high.
Starring Alicia Vikander as the latest incarnation of the pop culture icon Lara Croft, Tomb Raider follows the same story as its 2013 smash hit video game predecessor. However I think it’s safe to say that this version of the story won’t be hitting the giddy heights of the 9/10 reviews that Square Enix’s third person action-adventure received.
To start off with some positives, the film is a very faithful adaptation of the game, with key moments and shots from the game making their way over into the big screen vision. Furthermore, Vikander is by the far the best thing about the movie. Her portrayal of Lara Croft is top quality and her acting prowess really shines through in crucial scenes, such as when her character is forced into taking her first life.
But for every moment of good character work and acting on the part of Vikander, it is often squandered by poor writing or awful dialogue. I hate it when I can predict what a character is about to say in a film, and that happened on a number of occasions during scenes that were meant to be emotional and meaningful. Building on this issue was also the fact that character dilemmas only seemed to last for a scene, such as the previously mentioned scenario where Lara has to make her first kill, but then minutes later she has no problem taking out half a dozen bad guys with a bow and arrow. It was sloppy writing like that which really let the film down, and yes I know that it’s the same situation in the game but the film has the creative licence to find a work around.
Beyond this there was one crucial plot development in the 3rd act, which I won’t go into, but it very nearly ruined what up until that point had been a gritty action-adventure movie grounded in reality. It almost came across as though the final 30 minutes of the movie were written by a completely different set of writers, with a completely different tone in mind.
With that being said, this film was certainly better than the 2001 version of Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie and the more serious approach to telling the story of Lara Croft (For the most part) was appreciated and fit the story much better. Even though the serious nature of tone that the film adopted did cause for some serious pacing problems that often made the film feel like it was dragging, even towards the latter stages of the story where the action began to pick up.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the game then this is certainly worth your time and if you just want to sit back and enjoy a harmless action movie then this will probably fit the bill.
Final Score: 6/10 Porgs.