Preview: Tomb Raider

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Hollywood is giving the fearless English archaeologist Lara Croft another go at the big-screen, this time with a little more edge and less swanky gear. It’s been 15 years since Angelina Jolie last took on the role in Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, which didn’t win enough audience attention for a third Jolie vehicle. Perhaps due to its strange premise and laughable villains.

This time, though, our heroine is rebooted. We join Croft before she becomes a tomb raider, as she is just starting out on her adventures with a quest to find her missing father. It leads her to a disastrous shipwreck and being abandoned on a mysterious island. It’s an exciting concept that will see Croft test her mettle against the elements, and let audiences see the true survivalist that she is.

Is it original? Well, the film draws heavily on the rebooted Tomb Raider game from 2013 and sticks pretty closely to it, meaning any fans will know what’s coming.

The game’s success came from showing Croft getting brutally hurt, a lot, and her journey to becoming Tomb Raider. Alicia Vikander is Croft, and judging by the amount of near-death experiences the film seems to put her through, we may be in for a wicked, thrilling ride
of close calls and savage action.

Speaking of savage, Walton Goggins, with beautifully menacing roles in The Hateful Eight and Six, looks like a villain to be reckoned with. Though The Wire’s Dominic West, as Croft’s father, looks like his talents are somewhat wasted in a very minor role.

The action seems over-the-top, with Vikander taking part in near superhuman feats aplenty. Just what this blockbuster reboot needs to be a success.

The bottom line
A welcome return, if a little over-the-top.

By Darragh Murphy
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Tomb Raider

  • Duration: 118
  • Released: Thu, 15 Mar
  • Language: English
  • Director: Roar Uthaug
  • Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins

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