• Andrew Tuck

Tomb Raider

Courtesy: Warner Brother Pictures

The Plot:

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination -- a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn't be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

Courtesy: Warner Brother Pictures

The Verdict:

The film opens with the present day Lara Croft, a shadow of her former self. She spends her days getting beaten up at the gym and delivering food on her bike to make ends meet.

Despite leading a pennyless lifestyle, Lara runs into a little trouble that brings her face to face with Ana Miller, the woman now in control of Croft Enterprises. Ana would take care of Lara as a child when her father was away exploring the secrets the world had to hide. She encourages Lara finally sign off on her fathers will and inherite the family fortune.

It’s been 7 years since she last saw her, believe to be dead, father. The last case he was working on points her in the direction of an uninhabited island off the coast of Japan. This is were meet Trinity, our villains. Trinity is an organisation that makes it their mission to find all the hidden treasures of the world so they are able rule over all of mankind.

As much as the Tomb Raider of the past was a destination film, highlighting spectacular wonders of the world, this isn’t so much with three generic locations and very little shown of them outside the characters world.

Side note:

Are actors in action and adventure movies getting trained on how to run from Tom Cruise?

As you’d expect in any action movie, Lara gets caught by the enemy and eventually escapes to seek revenge and emerge the hero of this movie. The storyline of her father is strong throughout with many flashbacks of the time before he left telling her hints we will understand more in her current situation. It felt much like I was playing the video game than watching a movie.

Despite the many predicatable story plots, one was surprising but I won’t give it away.

As much as this movie was a good story and left it open for an obvious continuation, Lara Croft being played by anyone other than Angelina Jolie will always seem a little unnatural to me. Alicia Vikander still has a long way to come as Lara Croft for this movie to be able to hold its own as part of the Tomb Raider franchise.


3 out of 5 Choc Tops


Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Walton Googins, Dominic West, Kristin Scott Thomas

Directed by:

Roar Uthaug

#2018 #WarnerBrothers #Action #Adventure #Fantasy

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