Benjamin Maio Mackay
Tomb Raider - 4 Stars
Shocking this is an incredible action-adventure thriller, which keeps your heart pacing from beginning to end.
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.
Rebooting the beloved Tomb Raider franchise was dangerous, but it has been more than 10 years since Angelina Jolie bowed out of the role. I was sceptical entering the cinema, but I was instantly won over by the clever script, new material, homage to the classic and new games and Alicia Vikander’s incredible performance. Director Roar Uthaug has assembled a killer cast with Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristen Scott Thomas being stand-outs. Alicia Vikander plays Lara Croft and does so with ease. The Oscar winning actress is more than capable of handling the dramatic scenes, but she also proves herself as an action star here too. Her accent occasionally slips, but not enough to be annoying. Dominic West is powerful and scene-stealing as Croft’s father and Daniel Wu is charismatic as Croft’s friend/assistant. With great cinematography, a solid script and an excellent score this is one video-game movie adaptation that actually works.
Overall the best adventure film since Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment