Tomb Raider

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Tomb Raider reboots the franchise with a more grounded approach and a star who's clearly more than up to the task -- neither of which are well served by an uninspired origin story.



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Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he's truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can't understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn't be higher for Lara, who--against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit--must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.


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  • Vikander, who can balance flinty charm with sympathetic humanism, helped keep me invested, but Tomb Raider could best be described as a solid step forward, away from past wrongs.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • I longed for [Daniel] Wu to return to the screen whenever he left it.

    Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Vikander's expressive face is a godsend. Whether being throttled by a goon or torn away from a loved one, this stricken Lara feels like one of us.

    Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Tomb Raider," stuffed though it is with curses, vaults, and locks that cry out for secret keys, is not really about a legendary quest, or family honor. It's about Alicia Vikander.

    Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's no way to hate a movie that has spiked poles, booby-trapped caves and zombies, but you can fault it for not trying as hard as it should.

    Mar 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [Vikander] invests herself in Lara Croft, and the filmmakers, unlike the ones Jolie got saddled with, frame her with awe rather than lust. Now if only they could bring some of that awe to the tombs...

    Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tomb Raider

  • Jul 25, 2019
    Though it is certainly flawed (and the plot is complicated), nevertheless it's a really enjoyable film, with great action scenes and performances. And if a sequel is in the works, then I'm definitely interested in seeing it.
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2018
    A rather pathetic reboot, Tomb Raider is a convoluted and pointless action film that's just noise. Based on the 2013 relaunched video game, the story follows a social misanthrope named Lara Croft who refuses to accept her father's death and decides to go searching for him on a remote Japanese island after discovering that he went there in search of the mythical immortal Himiko; but soon she finds herself shipwrecked and captured by a group of mercenaries who are also searching for Himiko. Alicia Vikander is no Angelina Jolie and doesn't have any screen presence or personality. And the special effects are really bad; the CGI sticks out like a sore thumb, making everything look fake. Additionally, the myth of Himiko isn't very interested and the various traps and challenges are pretty rote. There are a couple of fun action scenes and bit of humor, but not enough. Tomb Raider is an incredibly disappointing film that's generic and boring.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2018
    Some of the most generic shit ever put to screen. Don't get how this was supposed to please anybody, Tomb Raider fan or otherwise.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2018
    The newly re-booted and freshly grounded Tomb Raider from Warner Bros. isn't necessarily bad, but it is pretty bland. There is a constant back and forth as one experiences the final product given there is real promise in what is essentially the entire first act as the viewer gets to know this younger, more inexperienced Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) and the mysteries surrounding her father's disappearance as well as the issues she has been working through as a result of such. It is when the movie goes from slyly intriguing to full-on what the target demographic expects from a Tomb Raider movie that most of the intrigue disappears and what we're left with is a series of action sequences that look like the actual video game that inspired the movie. The more reliable and realistic visual effects become the easier it will be to lean on them and while this seems to have become more and more apparent over the last few years it seems especially glaring when the source material for an effects-laden blockbuster is that of a fully digital world. Once our titular protagonist gives into the life she was always meant to have, despite who she was when trying to make a living on her own accord being more interesting, Croft is quickly swept off to Hong Kong and then to the next level, I mean act, of the movie where we continue to go through stage after stage of Croft getting closer and closer to her end goal, which in this movie, has something to do with an ancient Queen that was said to command the power over life and death. Why someone would want to seek out much less break open the tomb of an ancient spirit that was capable of killing people simply by touching them is beyond me, but that is the quest we're sent on and the tomb we're meant to raid and so that is what unfolds. Naturally, there are layers and bad guys along that way that make this journey a little more interesting or at least a little more dramatic, but it no matter how much Tomb Raider wants to feel like a fun adventure tale it is far too gritty and routine for its own good. Unlike last week's A Wrinkle in Time, which didn't necessarily work as a whole, but was at least trying to do something fresh and innovative with the material it was based on Tomb Raider instead works as a coherent whole in terms of style and tone, but does nothing with these features to accentuate them in any special or meaningful way. read the whole review at
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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