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Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Tomb Raider

Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Square Enix and GK Films present a 118 minute, PG-13, Action, Adventure, directed by Roar Uthaug, written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons with a theatre release date of March 16, 2018.

 

Growing up in London, a young Lara Croft was very close with her father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) since her mother had passed away. She knew that her father who owned an empire was always leaving town on business but that he would always return as promised. Although one day was different her father never returned and seven years later Lara (Alicia Vikander) was all grown up and living a somewhat day to day life as a snack cycle delivery person. She never wanted to live off of her father’s fortune but choose to survive paying her own way, skilled in archery and boxing among several other skills other than school.

Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas) was the woman who ran the operations of Croft Enterprises and with the advice of the family attorney Mr. Yaffe (Derek Jacobi) they informed Lara that if she does not sign to take control of her father’s wealth and all the companies they would be sold off to the highest bidders. Yet when given a puzzle by the attorney under the wishes of her father Lara discovered a secret, the first letter from my final destination. Lara was good at puzzles and this one in particular pointed her into a world she never imagined her father was involved in. You see Lord Richard was in search of Queen Himiko the Mother of Death and Lara is off to Hong Kong to find out why. Lara has now taken on the foot path of her father’s journey from seven years ago which leads her to Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) and not to soon after they are on a voyage in search of the Queen and her island which she hopes will lead into answers of what happened to her father.

After a violent storm Lara washes ashore on one of many islands far off the coasts of Japan but what she finds there is Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) and he is not on her side but appreciates what she has brought him. They eventually find the tomb but when they enter the caverns there are traps around every corner. Once inside the actual tomb that holds the coffin of the Queen all questions are answered, promises are kept and a finger is taken in a battle for survival. Next stop the search is on for Trinity and all it has to unlock.

I loved this film it was like a female version of Indiana Jones and this female lead actress Vikander does not disappoint. The story is well written with a few twists and turns and the direction is well placed adding a number of surprises to make you jump from your seat. A great score to accompany some riveting special effects and fight scenes add up to make this film a must see at the theatre. A story based on thrills and suspense with a touch of levity makes this film full of intrigue with a nice job on character development led by a well-chosen cast. Vikander hands down is as good if not better than Angelina Jolie when she starred as Lara Croft. Vikander takes you on a journey of her own growing up and later straight into the bowels of hell making you feel that your part of the story yourself. West does not have a huge role but he definitely knows how to work it. Wu is a great side man for Vikander adding to the intrigue along with that of Scott Thomas and as for Goggins who plays the villain I thought he worked well but out of anyone in this film he was a bit of a weak link although not even close enough to break the chain and ruin this exciting, refreshing, yet predictable of course adventure that takes you on a scavenger hunt for the truth.

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