From the film’s opening, the makers of this year’s Tomb Raider reboot want you to know this will be a different version of Lara Croft. Gone is the near-superheroine antics of the Angelina Jolie films that were a total misfire in the early aughts. In the very first scene, we watch the titular character before she’s even had a single tomb to raid – and she’s getting beaten to a pulp by someone her own size.
By establishing early on that Lara Croft is human and vulnerable, the film makes for a more engaging adventure – and that is exactly what this is. In the spirit of Indiana Jones more so than the video games from which it was derived, Tomb Raider is rooted in visceral, blood-pumping action sequences interspersed with scenes of genuine emotion from its lead. Continue reading Tomb Raider (2018) ★ ★ ★ ☆