Tomb Raider (2018)
Release Year: 2018
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet (screenplay & story), Alastair Siddons (screenplay), Evan Daugherty (story)
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Drek Jacobi, Alexandre Willaume
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the independently minded daughter of a wealthy lost explorer, finds a clue that might lead to answers about the disappearance of her father and soon finds herself pushed to unknown limits on a mysterious Pacific island.
Generally speaking, people are vary of remakes, but however visually suiting Angelina Jolie was for the part in the original video game to screen adaptation from 2001, that version and its sequel are hardly good films. Luckily for audiences this 2018 film is actually quite good and will most like stand the test of time better than its predecessor. Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 2015) might not be as well endowed as Jolie in one area but she is a great actress well on her way to a great career. She has a fierceness and a sensibility about her that makes her a much more realistic and relatable Lara Croft; and besides, she’s funny in that natural sort of way that few master. The story is based on the 2013 reboot of the now classic video game, and for gamers that plot will probably be familiar. To the uninitiated it is enough to know that it is fun and adventurous and anchored in a solid story about a young orphaned woman finding her own two feet, reckoning with her pat, and finding her path while realising her strength. With an exotic setting, a possibly supernatural mystery to explore, a despicable yet human villain (Walton Goggins), and a good supporting cast (both Daniel Wu and Dominic West are very good), Tomb Raider will more than please adventure fans. More than one up from the original Tomb Raider film and one of the better video game adaptations. Bring on the sequels.
Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Saoirse Ronan, and Cara Delevingne were frontrunners to play Lara Croft before Alicia Vikander was cast.
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