Run time: 118 mins
Lara Croft has been raiding tombs in the digital landscape since 1996; the preposterously proportioned avatar even became a household name. Cinema hasn’t quite been so kind.
Angelina Jolie had a blast in the role, twice, but they were classic examples of computer game adaptations – a bit rubbish. Alicia Vikander aims to rectify that and step into the boots of the intrepid explorer with gusto.
The plot races along from London to Hong Kong, and thence to a barely reachable island in the Devil’s Sea. There lies the final resting place of Himiko, “the first queen of Japan,” who, if disturbed, will unleash immeasurable terrors upon the world.
Lara is treading in the footsteps of her father (Dominic West), who embarked on a similar search seven years ago and has not been seen since. He bequeathed a boxful of maps, puzzles, codes, and clues, more than enough to point Lara in the right direction.
So far, so Indiana Jones, but Vikander’s steely, no-nonsense performance drops the quips and settles for a serious character study; one with some interesting ‘daddy issues’ no less. But don’t let that get in your way. It’s big, dumb fun. (research Jack Whiting)
“TOMB RAIDER” WARNING RE: STROBE LIGHTS
All customers, especially those who are particularly sensitive to flickering strobe light sources, are advised that some scenes in this film: “TOMB RAIDER”, contain strobe light effects. Those who may be affected should take appropriate action.”