It’s the Holy Week and while many people has gone on vacation, we decided to just watch a movie instead. And as the title suggests, it’s Tomb Raider. Yes, the new version.
Okay, this is one movie that is actually intriguing; you know, it used to be Angelina Jolie in the title role and now we got Swedish actress in Alicia Vikander taking her spot. And so, we just wondered how she would fare — and what kind of story would the creators make out of this transition.
Synopsis. Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.
Let’s go through some critical action scenes first, and starting with Lara’s sea travel. Well, how computerized can you get? It was just obvious guys. The mix of the rough seas, those rocks and ship, and especially when Lara jettisoned. The river scene was good though and a bit more realistic. Meanwhile, the tomb scene was so-so, altho the falling of the “flooring” where the characters were standing was good. Still, Lara’s clinging to the secret tomb’s “door” was not really an awesome stunt. Yeah, just not that believable.
Now, the impact of these action scenes were sort of wanting mainly because of the lead character’s physique and aura. Her frame or stance was just not molded for such genre. In short, her aura was a bit soft. Hey, she did not even have impressive fighting skills (to think that she was into boxing in the movie) while her aura just did not convince us of her being a strong-willed heroine.
On the other hand, the villain somewhat failed to project “cleverness” in his role but basically relied on guns and goons to scare those who oppose him. And from the start, it was already predictable that Lara’s father was still alive; and we somehow knew this movie fact because Alicia is not a big-name movie star, so she needs a father character to support the story as she may not be able to carry the movie alone unlike Angelina Jolie. We’re right.
In all, it’s not so exciting. Yes, it may have earned a lot but that is because of its predecessor in Angelina’s series. Meaning, people just remembers the impact that Angelina gave the character and so, they were interested in seeing the film. Still, good news to fans, clearly, there would be a sequel.