By midlandsmovies, Jul 10 2018 01:57PM
Tomb Raider (2018) Dir. Roar Uthaug
Pardon my absolute exasperation but it’s simply another day and here we are again with another franchise reboot as pixel legend Lara Croft gets another outing with this new film based upon the 2013 version of the adventure video game.
What we have here is Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander as the English explorer who inherits her father’s estate along with secret clues to an unsolved mystery, which he was researching before his unfortunate disappearance. Despite her father’s pleas warning her to destroy the evidence, she ignores his from-beyond-the grave video and plans to find the tomb of Himiko, the mythical Queen of Yamatai.
After packing her bags, blagging a spot on a boat and ending up stranded on an island she runs afoul of a shady expedition led by Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) who aims to weaponize Himiko's ancient power. If all of this sounds ludicrous that’s because it is. Not even the talented Vikander could get me to say this was a worthwhile watch as she embarks on a perilous, yet somehow extremely tedious, journey across the globe.
The film starts strong with Vikander proving her muscle with a kick boxing match before she is involved in an exciting bike hunt on the streets of London. There is also another thrilling chase across boats in Hong Kong and it says a lot about the film that well filmed bicycle and foot chase scenes surpass any of the overblown computer-generated showcases later on. We get a Peter Jackson King Kong/Skull Island inspired boat journey and, speaking of skulls, as soon as they land we get the obligatory CGI jungle and waterfall shots similarly seen in the awful Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
A river rapid ride that looks as real as the barrel sequence in the Hobbit continues the nonsense and if I have to mention bad CGI in one more film I’m going to scream. It’s now the biggest downfall of so many blockbuster films I’m more surprised when I don’t have to mention it.
The film would have done better to stick with a compact National Treasure style rush across the globe whereas they went down the huge set piece route which ended being a huge detriment.
Containing a hackneyed plot for a Hackney bike courier, the film dies at the 25-minute mark when Croft arrives at the island. Maybe suitable for kids I’d recommend Harrison Ford and Nic Cage’s explorer romps over this disappointing and unnecessary cash-in of a tired brand.
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