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Tomb Raider (2018)
« on: September 15, 2018, 05:14:22 am »
Tomb Raider (2018)
3 Stars out of 5

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Tomb Raider was a movie I had high hopes for in large part because of the current Reboot of the game series. I really thought THIS would be the movie that finally got it right when it came to video game to movie translation. Sadly this continues the tradition of underwhelming performances. Granted, Tomb Raider isn't bad. It's just a decent flick for what it is. My issue is that I thought this was going to be a literally translation from the Reboot Game (it's not). It takes some things from Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider and then just makes up a completely different narrative. They get the tone and look right, but not much else. I think the biggest problem is how little respect the writer and director showed to what Tomb Raider is all about: Solving Tomb Puzzles! Furthermore, they took way to long getting there. Even worse is that once we get there, it's just a couple of Puzzle solving scenes and then that's it. This is what is at the core of the game and it should have been what drove the final hour of the movie. As the movie wore down, I kept saying to myself, "there is no way a sequel is getting green-lit in spite of all the seeds they are laying down regarding Trinity". If they move forward, they need to bring in a different team that actually uses the game as it's blueprint. Not just "inspired by". As for Alicia Vikander, I actually like her as Lara Croft. I just wished they took the script more seriously to give her something to work with. Worth a Rent on a rainy day. Nothing more.
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