Review: Tomb Raider


Alicia Vikander, Tomb Raider; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Square Enix

On March 16, 2018, the highly anticipated film Tomb Raider was released into theatres. With its first video game release in 1996, the popular video game franchise Tomb Raider has been growing and creating new ways for fans to immerse themselves in the world of Lara Croft’s adventures.  

The action and adventure film stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the daughter of Lord Richard Croft, and a wealthy businessman, played by Dominic West. She sets off to a mysterious island in hopes to find the truth of his disappearance. After being given a note from her father before his disappearance, Lara finds a pre-recording of him explaining that he had been researching Himiko, the queen of Yamatai, who was believed to have the power to cause death. He also reveals that he believes that his research was being tracked and that Lara must burn all of it before it gets into the wrong hands.  

At the island, Lara meets Mathias Vogel, played by Walton Goggins, the leader of a group by the name of Trinity, which who have been sent to the island in hopes to find Himiko and use her powers.

Later on, she is reunited with her father. However, her father is captured by Mathias when attempting to open the tomb. He then forces Lara to open the tomb and navigate the group to Himiko. After encountering a series of boobytraps, the team finds where Himiko lies. Lara makes a realization that Himiko had not been forced to die, but instead sacrificed herself to save the world from a disease that killed. Mathias is determined to fulfill his official goal and takes a piece of Himiko. In an attempt to stop him, Lara’s father becomes infected by the disease. Knowing that there is no way to save himself, Lara’s father tells her to leave him and stop Mathias from leaving with the disease.  

As she leaves, her father sets off a bomb that will seal away Himiko forever and prevents the disease from spreading to the world. Once she finds Mathias, Lara confronts him and the two fight until she takes a hold of Himiko’s finger, shoving it down Mathias’ throat, killing him and escaping before the tomb completely collapses. Once out, Lara, Lu Ren, and the prisoners threaten a Trinity helicopter to take them off the island.  

Tomb Raider was a great movie that keeps the watcher interested, especially the ending that left the reader with a hint to a part two. One of the best things about the movie was that it was not all action. It had a few heartfelt moments such as the reunion of the Crofts.

Although there were certain parts of the movie that did leave a bit of disappointment, the film helped bring to life a the game and create something for old fans to enjoy. Although there were certain things in that were disappointing, it was overall a good action and adventure movie that could be loved by many.