Tomb Raider (2018)
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas
Directed by: Roar Uthaug
Written by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr 58 min.
My 2 Cents:
What we have here is a generic story about a mysterious object on an island in the middle of nowhere. Lara Croft, motivated by daddy issues, competes with a super-secret sinister organization to get to it first. There are plenty of puzzles along the way for Lara to solve, and traps for her to avoid.
The Tomb Raider movies are supposed to be Indiana Jones, but with a female lead. And if we’re lucky the creators of such an adventure would focus on what being a female brings to these kinds of stories. Instead, sadly, we get a movie that tries to balance huge spectacle with modern era feels, and it just doesn’t work. You can’t have your main character get kicked half way across the island, and then expect her to get all real about her injuries.
The biggest problem with this film, unfortunately, is the lead. Alicia Vikander, despite all the attention to her physical appearance just never really worked for me as the hero of this story, because she’s whatever the plot needs her to be at a given moment. She loses and wins fights only when it’s convenient, acts like a dumbass when it’s convenient, then solves complex puzzles when it’s convenient. There’s no real sense of character here.
Add to that, the slightly dodgy visual effects, perfunctory dialogue, and some odd plotting, and you’ve got a very forgettable action yarn that doesn’t come together as it should. The finale also doesn’t make any sense either. If you wanted to protect the world from something, why not just destroy it? Why on earth would you put it in a mountain, provide maps and clues to its location, and then protect it with a series of booby-traps and puzzles?