Ever since her father (Dominic West) disappeared from her life, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) lives a carefree life in the city despite being the heir to his massive fortune. However, when she finally agrees to inherit her father’s business, Lara discovers a secret office where she finds evidence that he might be alive on an uncharted island believed to hold a powerful treasure sought by the shady organisation Trinity.
Aside from Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog, Lara Croft is one of the most popular video game characters of all time. Ever since her creation in 1996 by the British video game company Core Design, this archaeologist has appeared in so many video games, comics and even two live-action films with Angelina Jolie starring that her popularity even rivals that of Indiana Jones himself. Although most video-game film adaptations are mostly terrible train wrecks, Norwegian director Roar Uthaug successfully combines elements from the classic games with the grittier 2013 reboot of the franchise.
What makes this film better than most other video-game films out there is that the screenplay does at least feel like a proper story which can entertain both fans and newcomers and the action set-pieces manage to incorporate elements of the gameplay within them such as the bow and arrow, grappling hook and puzzle-solving without looking weird for people who don’t play the games.
Alicia Vikander, while not being as good as Angelina Jolie’s more confident take on the character, does manage to get the look and the physicality while Dominic West, Walton Goggins and Daniel Wu do the best they can with their archetypes.
Overall Tomb Raider may not be the best thing that the 22 year old franchise has to offer in terms of quality, but compared to what usually comes out for video game films on the big screen, it’s really pretty enjoyable.