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Tomb Raider Movie Review: Was It A Reboot We Needed?

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Tomb Raider is one of the latest rebooted franchises that we never asked for, but maybe it could be one that we never knew we needed. Tomb Raider is directed by Roar Uthaug who directed 2015’s The Wave. This film is based on the 2013 Tomb Raider game reboot that focuses on the origins of Lara Croft. In this film, Lara (Alicia Vikander) is a young woman who is at a crossroads in her life being forced to finally deal with the disappearance of her father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West). Her father has been missing for seven years, and just when she is ready to accept her father’s fate, details emerge surrounding her father’s last mission. Lara decides to embark on a journey to find out once and for all what really happened to her father.

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Alicia Vikander is captivating as Lara Croft. Not only can you tell that she physically commits to this role with her athletic body tone but she also brings personality to this video game character. She was truly the best part of the film and makes you connect to this character on a more realistic human level. With her performance, Alicia redefines the next generation of female action heroes. While Alicia was exciting to watch on screen, there were still some issues with this film.

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This film struggles on whether or not it wants to commit to the supernatural adventures of Lara Croft or rehash her overtalked daddy issues. There are moments where we are given great action sequences only to then be bored by lazy dialogue and storyline. For the majority of the film, I was bored only to be given few moments of brief entertainment. Tomb Raider is a decent origin story to jumpstart the franchise, but by the end of the film, I left feeling underwhelmed. Tomb Raider was a letdown for me, but I am still interested to see what the franchise has in store for moviegoers once they find their footing. I personally would say WAIT to see this film in theaters.

Tomb Raider hits theaters this Friday, March 17th. If you still want to give this movie a shot, purchase your tickets now at Fandango. Have you seen Tomb Raider? Be sure to share your thoughts on the film in the comment section below.

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15 thoughts on “Tomb Raider Movie Review: Was It A Reboot We Needed?

  1. I hated Tomb Raider. This movie killed soul. Even though it was a free screening, I almost got up and walked out (my friend wanted to stay on the off chance that it got better). Definitely a wait…..wait until hell freezes over to watch this movie. Two hours of my life I will never get back……

  2. This movie is definitely a wait for me. The story line was all but interesting and the lead actress I found to be boring. I fell asleep on this highly anticipated reboot. FAIL

  3. This movie was excellent in displaying Laura Croft’s leaping which caused great weeping because this rendition was not as good as the original. The new Laura Croft was a quitter, she would start something but couldn’t complete her task. She didn’t finish boxing training or the fox run, and specialized in squealing each time she got hurt. Overkill on the word “Himiko”. I wish I had a dollar each time they said that word. Better luck next time on the next film should it ever come to that.

    1. I’m sure It will get greenlit for a sequel. I hope the second focuses more on the adventure and action aspect.

  4. I actually thought the movie was pretty good! I enjoyed the action sequences and the ending which I didn’t really think of. I guess I am alone in my enjoyment of this film haha!

  5. I thought her prior failures in UFC/kick boxing and the fox hunt taught us a valuable life lesson in that to, “try & try till you succeed. We’re capable to do so much more.” Her cries made her pain realistic, yet she didn’t give up or give in to her pain. I am like Kase, I really enjoyed it. However to each his own. ^_^ Good review!

  6. Tomb Raider: I told those that listen to me. The woman playing Laura Craft looks like the video game. The movie that I saw was a video game from start to finish. If you didn’t hear the noise when Laura Craft was able to die in the movie. You were just seeing a movie and probably didn’t appreciate the video game focus of the movie Tomb Raider. I didn’t ask for this movie, I thought Angelia Jolie did everything that was desired as Laura Craft Tomb Raider. This was introduction to a beautiful video game movie. That was beautifully well done storyline, acting, casting, and character development in this movie Tomb Raider. Thank you.

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