Why bother, What was the whole point of this? Absolutely awful film!
- Tomb Raider review by CS
The original films with Angelina Jolie were brilliantly well made films, full of adventure, excitement, a little bit of humour and just all round well produced, acted, edited & well made films. It’s a shame they never made a third one with Jolie!
However this so called re-boot, allegedly takes Lara back to her origins, to give use a simpler, more stripped down version. The only problem is, Lara comes across as a waste of space, nothing, born into a privileged position, but wasting it all. There is nothing here that takes Lara into heroic status, no sense of purpose, no kick ass super abilities, no gadgets, no sense of humour, in fact no personality at all, in any shape or form!
The story line is yet another re-hash of an old story, badly told, excessively predictable, badly produced, badly directed, sloppily edited and just so completely boring and badly handled! Whilst we are always asked to suspend our sense of belief in such films, this film asks us to simply suspend any common sense at all, some of the scenes are so predictable, that it’s a given that you know what happens next!
The bad guys don’t have any sense of badness, the good guys no sense of goodness, there’s very little in the way of character development here. Often the first ten minutes of a film set the scene and the first half an hour of this film really does set the scene, in a very bad, dull and boring way. And the ending is just as predictable, spelling it out for you and setting the scene for the next instalment, as seems de-rigeur nowadays with such film franchises!
For me this came across as a poor man’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, heavily borrowing bits from other Spielberg movies along the way! This film tries so hard to be tough, hard and gritty, a real feminist movie, but fails on so many levels and just comes across as silly! I just felt like I’d seen it all before, like De Ja Vu!
I’m not quite sure what the purpose of making this film was or what the producers were trying to achieve, but rather than create a re-boot fro which could spawn many more adventures, to my mind what the producers have actually achieved, is simply t kill off the character once and for all!
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Pretty disappointing... pretty but disappointing
- Tomb Raider review by IT
The movie lifts much of its story from the Tomb Raider reboot and its recent sequel. But whereas the reboot games plunged you into story and action on the island... this movie takes 40 minutes to get there! Then the story skips any sense of wonder, exploration or adventure on the island, introduces the bland bad guys and sets off towards the end.
Unlike Jolie's version of the character, the new Lara Croft is pretty boring. No fun, no charisma, though obviously very good in action scenes. This is also a major problem of the movie in general - there's no "magic" to it: a minimal plot, cardboard characters, great predictability and a sense of "we've seen all of this stuff before".
The CGI is good - especially the river/water/crashed aircraft scene, but CGI is supposed to be a tool for film-making, not the only virtue a movie has. The island location is also gorgeous, although a better director would have used it in a way that made the place look more epic and breathtaking (maybe there was no island... maybe it was also studio and CGI?).
Hollywood really, really is in dire need of good scriptwriters for its blockbusters.
If you want a fun adventure movie of a similar kind, I'd recommend Jumaji 2 over this. I had fun watching that - I liked the characters, the location was used to give a sense of spectacle, the action was great and it held my interest all the time. Tomb Raider was an effort to sit through without fasting forwards.
If you want a much better story, with better characters, visuals, action and adventure... play the recent games.
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