Tomb Raider (2018) – a review by Luke

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Directed by Roar Uthaug
Screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft 

When I found out about the new Tomb Raider movie, I was so excited. As in, I was dying to see it. And for almost two years, I have waited, excitedly anticipating it. Finally, it is here: a reboot of the Tomb Raider movies, and I have seen it—and I love it.

Much like the 2013 game, it tells the origin story of Lara Croft. In this film, her father has been missing for seven years, and when she discovers his greatest secret and his last known location—an island known as Yamatai—she sets out onto an expedition for answers.

Ever since I played my Tomb Raider game, Chronicles, before I even hit the double digits, I have enjoyed everything—or at least most of everything—it has to offer.

And I thought this movie was amazing.

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I enjoyed the narrative: from establishing Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of Lara, showing her life as it was, to the epic climax of her expedition, I was so mesmerised.

What I loved about Alicia Vikander’s performance is that her Lara is really, truly human, and that she isn’t invulnerable. She isn’t perfect, and she has her fair share of misfortunes, but that’s what makes her relatable. Not only this, she still manages to have her badass moments.

Her relationship with her father is a prominent part to the story. The memories inject emotion into it, and it’s clear that she shared this special bond with him. In the present time, she still isn’t ready to write off his death, even if it has been seven years since he went missing, And it’s her father who spurs her onto this adventure—and what inspires her to go out there and discover more.

Even though it didn’t have a lot of tombs, it wasn’t about that; for me, it was about how she found adventure—or how adventure found her—what inspired her to dedicate her life to discover the secrets of the world, the treasures scattered through it. It was about her learning that she can make a different to the world, that she can make her own marks, that she is capable of achieving anything and everything.

All the action sequences were exhilarating. It amazes me how much Lara managed to get away alive—though not entirely unscathed. More often than not, there were déjà vu moments; they replicated some of instances from the 2013 game. And all the scenes involving the tomb, especially the climax, were so epic.

Overall, I enjoyed Tomb Raider. Its ending left it open so there could be a sequel (there better be!). It also had twists that I didn’t even see coming. Although, if, like me, you’ve played the 2013 game and its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, you would’ve seen a certain twist coming. Until a sequel to this movie comes out, I’m just going to watch this one again… (Wink, wink, Melissa!)

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(Note: We do not own the images used within this post; the credits go towards Square Enix, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. Pictures, and GK Films.)

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