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Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, and Walton Goggins

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some language.
Reviewed by: Matt  
Release date: March 16, 2018 Released by: Warner Brothers

Tomb Raider is a reboot of the franchise based off of the popular video game franchise of the same name.  In fact, Tomb Raider the movie is actually based off of the video game franchise reboot (again of the same name) that debuted in 2013.  In many ways the two actually share the same basic plot.  Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) sets out to find the lost island of Yamatai, the final resting place of the Japanese queen Himiko.  The film even makes sure to reference several moments in the game with scenes in the film.  So video game enthusiasts who enjoyed the game will enjoy this part of it.

But aside from the game itself, this movie is actually quite entertaining.  Alicia Vikander does an excellent job as independent and strong Lara Croft and holds her own throughout the film.  She was easily the strongest actor in the film and easily one best things to come from the film.  The plot itself is also pretty engaging for a video game film.  The film does a good job hinting at a supernatural element all the while keeping it ground to reality which would make sense as Lara is very grounded and does not believe in the supernatural per se.  The other characters in the film all hold their own enough to be convincing but they aren't anything to write home about.  They fit their role and didn't distract from the main plot of the film.  Also, the film's ability to recreate the feel of the game it is based on without being a direct copy of it should be commended as it really does help this film stand on its own.

If I were to make a complaint about the film I would say that the build up did not lead to the most satisfying ending.  It isn't a bad ending or even a poor ending but, without spoiling major plot points, I did find the build up more enjoyable than the climax of the film, but not enough to say that I didn't enjoy it.  Also, fans of the game may be disappointed by how much in certain aspects the film diverts from the game but I find this to be acceptable and did a good job acting in the spirit of the game.

In the end, Tomb Raider might actually be the best video game adaptation we have received to date and easily surpasses the previous Tomb Raider movies.  Is that saying much? Maybe, maybe not.  However, the film left the door open for sequels and I can say that I want to see more from this series.  And I think that says a lot about how the film turned out.  

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