TOMB RAIDER — Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

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Yes, it’s a Non-stop Vvdeo-game with little pizazz. Tomb Raider (PG-13) stars Swedish actress Alicia Vikander in the remake of Laura Croft -Tomb Raider, made in 2001 and starring Angelia Jolie. Both editions are based on a popular video game. Continue reading…

In the new version, Croft hasn’t accepted any of her wealthy father’s (Dominic West) inheritance after his 7-year disappearance, as that would mean she has acknowledged his death. She works as a bicycle delivery courier in London’s East Side, however, the film starts in a warehouse gym where’s she’s kickboxing an ultra-strong opponent. We view her training and know that she can fight if she has to.

Upon hearing an audio tape with a message from her dad, Lara swings into action, and before she can pack her backpack, she’s off to Hong Kong.

The film would not be worth watching without Vikander, who darts, leaps, and thrashes her way through this lack-luster re-boot with engaging fierceness. You just wish she had been matched up with a villain that displayed a fourth of her action skills.

Vikander is perfect as Lara Croft, and I did appreciate her performance in this physically challenging role. My favorite line is when Lara’s dad says to her, “I underestimated how brave you are.” My hope is that filmmakers will take note of the problems in the film and construct a sequel that is better than this one.

The villain here played by (Walton Goggins) is life-less in his portrayal. He is a psycho that enjoys sadistically kicking people in the head with his boots on while his face in in a sneer. His violent scenes are over-the-top, but without moving the story forward. He bullies Lara by taunting her and does the same to her father. Press the yawn button. It’s boring.

The film needs to be edited down by at least 20 minutes. It plays like a video game, one unrealistic stunt after another; yet, we aren’t invested enough, due to the lack of a cohesive story line. Many of the scenes inside the tomb drag and there are too many flashbacks between Lara as a child with her father. All this plays more like a mishmash of little substance. How can we relate to any of the characters if we don’t know their backstory? How can we relate when there are so many extraneous action scenes? During a preposterous action point in the film, Lara Croft’s character stops the action looks at the audience and says, “Really?”

I say, “Game Over.” Bottom line: I’m out. Two and a half stars out of four.

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Sarah Knight Adamson

Chicago-based Sarah Knight Adamson is the film critic for the Internationally syndicated radio show Hollywood 360, broadcast on over 90 stations. She has served on film panels for the Chicago Public Library, been a juror at film festivals, and writes about film for Naperville Magazine. She is founder and publisher of Sarah’s Backstage Pass website, where her written work appears.