Tomb Raider (2018)

Tomb Raider

Her legend begins

20181 h 58 min

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

Director Roar Uthaug
Runtime 1 h 58 min
Release Date 8 March 2018
Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Good

Tomb Raider (2018) is a soft reboot based on the popular video game franchise. Thankfully, this turned out to be a much better adaptation than the early 2000’s films featuring Angelina Jolie. Given that the Tomb Raider games were also rebooted a few years ago, doing the same with the films fits. Specifically this film is based off the first game of the new continuity, which itself starts an origin story trilogy. There are some differences between the film and game, but many other aspects are on the nose. Overall it does a fantastic job of fitting within the franchise and is one of the best video game movies to date.

For readers unfamiliar with Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), she is one of the most well-known women among video game protagonists. She is a bit like a female Indiana Jones, but if Indiana Jones was much more of a badass. Intelligent, athletic, and skilled in combat and survival, Lara travels the world searching for ancient artifacts and archeological treasures (often just one step ahead of villainous organizations). Her origin has changed a few times as the series has rebooted over the years. Tomb Raider (2018) focuses on the character’s most recent incarnation.

Typically, video game movies do not work. Most of them just end of being bad. Lo and behold, taking a story from the video game format (a “short” video game usually being about 8 hours long) and transitioning that to a 90- to 120-minute format usually falls flat. Tomb Raider, thankfully, was a reprieve from that.  This was probably the best video game film made thus far. It is a bit better than the average good ones, like Prince of Persia and Hitman, and phenomenally better than the usual results like Doom or BloodRayne.

As a standalone film, Tomb Raider just works. There are plenty of allusions to the game that long-time fans will appreciate. Just little nods here and there that show the filmmakers acknowledge and appreciate the source material. That said, they also made the wise decision of changing things around a bit. They did not completely follow the events of the game, and that is fine. The changes here made the film more appealing to a general audience while still working within the story. This is Lara’s origin story; viewers should not (and do not) need to know anything about her going in. Seeing as the Tomb Raider (2013) game is the first of a trilogy, hopefully this excellent film follows suit.

March 25, 2018

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