Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roar Uthaug|
|Produced by||Graham King|
|Based on||Tomb Raider
by Crystal Dynamics
|Music by||Tom Holkenborg|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$14.2 million|
Tomb Raider is a 2018 action–adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons, from a story by Evan Daugherty and Robertson-Dworet. It is based on the 2013 video game of the same name, with some elements of its sequel by Crystal Dynamics, and is a reboot of the Tomb Raider film series. The film stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, in which she embarks on a perilous journey to her father’s last-known destination, hoping to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas appear in supporting roles.
Principal photography took place from January to June 2017 at the Warner Bros. Studios in the United Kingdomand in Cape Town, South Africa. The first Tomb Raider film not to be distributed by Paramount Pictures, it was released in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2018 and is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 16, 2018, by Warner Bros. Pictures in RealD 3D, IMAX 3D and IMAX. The film met with mixed reviews from critics. Vikander’s performance as Lara Croft drew a polarized response, with some describing her as a “capable, powerful and unobjectified heroine” and others calling her character bland and a “punching bag and onlooker.”
Following the disappearance of her father Richard, Lara Croft lives a reckless and carefree life. When she is arrested after an accident involving a police car, Richard’s business partner Ana Miller posts her bail and warns her that if she does not claim her inheritance, her father’s estate will be sold off. Lara reluctantly accepts and comes into possession of the key to her father’s office. There she finds a pre-recorded message from Richard detailing his research into Himiko, the mythical Queen of Yamatai who was said to command the power over life and death. According to the myth, Himiko was capable of killing people by simply touching them, and one day, her generals chained her up and sent her to a remote island to be buried alive, so that she could harm no one anymore. Richard warns Lara to destroy all of his research but Lara decides to investigate further.
Lara travels to Hong Kong where she bribes Lu Ren, captain of the ship Endurance, to sail to an island believed to have once been Yamatai. The ship capsizes in a violent storm and Lara is washed ashore where she is knocked unconscious. She is revived by Mathias Vogel, the leader of an expedition to locate Himiko’s tomb. The expedition has been funded by a shadowy organisation called Trinity that seeks to harness and weaponise Himiko’s power. Vogel takes Lara prisoner, claiming that he killed her father and intends to use Richard’s research to continue his expedition. Lara escapes with the help of Lu Ren, who survived the storm and has been put to work with the local fishermen digging for Himiko’s tomb. She evades capture but is seriously wounded in the process and passes out from her injuries.
Lara regains consciousness after nightfall and is forced to kill a Trinity guard when she is nearly discovered. She follows a mysterious figure wandering the island and discovers that the figure is her father, who has himself been held captive on Yamatai. After convincing him that she is real, Richard treats her injuries and despite his protests, Lara sets off to recover his research from Vogel’s camp. Lara makes contact with Lu Ren and he, along with the fishermen, stage distractions, allowing Lara to infiltrate the Trinity camp and recover her father’s research. In the ensuing chaos, Richard makes his way to the tomb and is captured by Vogel, who persuades Lara to open Himiko’s tomb.
The party navigate a series of booby traps before locating Himiko’s sarcophagus. Two Trinity soldiers attempt to remove her corpse but become infected by Himiko’s “power over death”, so potent that mere physical contact instigates immediate bodily disintegration. It turns out that Himiko was not actually a witch who could kill people with a touch according to myth, but rather a carrier of such deadly disease that was spread by touch. On the contrary, she chose to be buried alive in order to save her people from certain death.
Angelina played the part better, but the modern effects and slower, more thorough beginning, give this version of Lara Croft a little more character depth, which will no doubt come into play in the two or three sequels this one will demand. This was pretty good, and for a moment or two, it even had the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” vibe that I love so much. The island jungle sets, thugs, and slave folks were cliche, but it is still worth the price of a premium ticket, and I can recommend it for a fun night out. An exciting, but slow starting adventure. 4 stars.” -MR