830. Tomb Raider

Title: Tomb Raider
Director: Roar Uthaug
Year: 2018
Run time: 1hr 58m

“Armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit, young Lara Croft pushes past her limits on her very first perilous adventure into the unknown. If she survives, it could be the making of her… earning her the name tomb raider.”

Live blog

1:29 – These words are ringing bells but I really should pay more attention to the story in the games.
8:56 – This seems like a fun game, crazy dangerous around London though.
16:17 – That’s quite a manor she’s got going on there.
17:20 – Ah ha!
18:05 – Wow, that’s JUST like the game. Excellent bunker-ness.
22:48 – “I was not flirting, I’m just naturally charismatic.”
24:26 – She’s wearing the clothes.
32:03 – I like her boots.
33:16 – Gasped at the Order of the Trinity, Not that the game has lived with me or anything, honest.
43:42 – “The intelligence, the face, the recklessness.”
51:06 – Oh, I hate the underwater bit, the controls are too hard.
1:01:42 – Base camp.
1:11:26 – The voices of the Trinity extras sound exactly the same, freaking me out!
1:20:35 – Flare!
1:25;14 – The physics of that catch are questionable. Go-go gadget arm.
1:44:41 – So much like the game. So good!
1:51:47 – “I’ll take two.”

Conclusions

I loved this! Oddly, I wasn’t really hugely looking forward to it one way or the other, but I was invested almost instantly and loved every second of it. I think it probably works a lot better if you have played at least one but preferably both of the rebooted games, because there was so much in there that comes from the games, it was a joy to be reminded every step of the way.

I had my doubts about Alicia playing the kick-ass tomb raider, tiny as she is, but she was mega, and the iTunes extra that showed her training regime made me respect her even more for the effort and dedication put in to this role – it’s clear she loves the brand and loved making the movie!

The story stood up as well, although it felt just a little too close to Indiana Jones – there’s only so much you can do about that when it comes to raiding tombs and running about jungles and such-like, so I didn’t really hold that against it. Especially not when confronted with surprise moments like the grappling axe, and the Trinity voices plunging me right back to those late nights playing the game. Loved it.

Rating: 5/5.

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