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.
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.
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.