Review in Brief: Tomb Raider (2018)

The quest for the great, even good video game movie (as opposed to a few decent examples of movies about video gaming) continues. The latest TOMB RAIDER is unengaging, lifeless and features a depressing amount of obviously fake jungle sets. At one point someone actually shouts “Quick! Check the other prayer wheels!”. It’s the new Tom Hanks exclaiming “I need to find a library!”. Lara (Alicia Vikander) is a massive disappointment even at the character conception stage: refusing to touch a fortune she hasn’t earned but still wanting the free and easy hipster life and with daddy issues as her only real trait beyond tenacity. All the more interesting characters either disappear for over half the film (Daniel Wu’s rusty captain Lu Ren) or are built up for a hypothetical sequel (Kristen Scott Thomas’s Machiavellian CEO Ana Miller). The film even stops dead to promise a more interesting adventure next time rather than wrapping up this story properly. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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