Reviews have been trickling in to Rotten Tomatoes with about 50% being positive to 50% being negative. So much so that a sequel was made in 2003 which did reasonably well even though it too was panned by critics. The action begins in London with our heroine in the making Lara (Alicia Vikander) as a young and intelligent but misguided woman, working as a bike riding food deliverer and practicing Mixed Martial Arts on the side.
Lara Croft is known as being a bit more on the voluptuous from the original video games and previous movies that had Angelina Jolie as the star. The love story revolves around Lara's relationship with her father. One day however when a friend of the family Anna (Scott Thomas) tells her she must move on and take responsibility for all her father worked for she agrees to sign. Lara uncovers her father's research and races across stormy Pacific waters to an uninhabited island to find him.
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The fan-favourite franchise was rebooted in 2013 in a new game simply titled Tomb Raider. She is oozing charm, warmth and is highly adept at rumbling with guys twice her size. The gym membership that gives her access to these low-rent Rocky-esque facilities is one she can't afford to pay. We see Lara quickly having to use her physicality to get out of risky, tight spots, as well as using her smarts to get out of more drastic and spectacular situations, too. Certain visual cues seem ripped right out of the games and the action sequences aren't too bad, but overall this movie walks the line of mediocrity instead of creating something long-term fans can be truly happy about. When he meets Lara Croft for the first time, he gets a little of that hope back.
While Vikander does represent a strong, female lead, and certainly a stronger character than any of the other (largely white, male) leads, there's unlikely to be a congratulatory card in the post from the #NotYourAsianSidekick campaign for Daniel Wu's pliant, emasculated Asian sidekick Lu Ren. If you're catching the flick for the purposes of seeking a high-drama and sophisticated story arc, you will be disappointed - however, if you are looking for intense action scenes and edge-of-your-seat moments and could care less about a well-crafted script then this film is definitely going to be your cup of tea. It also felt like she was trying to channel Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games.
Currently, Tomb Raider is sitting at a score of 46 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
The supporting players of the film are equally disappointing.