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Tomb Raider (2018)

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Released:  Friday, March 16, 2018  
Length:  118 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: Tomb Raider is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Tomb Raider Synopsis

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Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

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Tomb Raider 2 In the Works with New Script Writer  4/17/2019 2:30 PM EST
MGM and Warner Bros. are gearing up to get another "Tomb Raider" off the ground. The studios have hired Amy Jump to write the script for the sequel.Jump is best known for her work with director and partner Ben Wheatley, including "Free Fire", "Kill List", "A Field In England", "Sightseers", and "High-Rise". Alicia Vikander's first shot at portraying Lara Croft proved successful, with the first fil...  More>>

Alicia Vikander Cast as Lara Croft  4/28/2016 5:16 PM EST
The role of Lara Croft was cast today for the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise.  Alicia Vikander will be playing the young Lara Croft in her first adventure. There were a few notable contenders for the role including Daisy Ridley, Cara Delevigne, Emilia Clarke and Saoirse Ronan.  The role was originally portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the first film released in 2001.  Tomb Raider was or...  More>>

Daisy Ridley in Running for Lara Croft Lead in Tomb Raider Reboot  3/10/2016 12:46 PM EST
Daisy Ridley has certainly made quite a name for herself as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and now, she may be taking on a whole new type of action role.  The 23 year old is currently in the running to star a new Tomb Raider film as Lara Croft.No negotiations have been officially discussed yet, and it is said that the producers are keeping their options open.  The role was orig...  More>>

MGM Hires Buffy Scribe for Tomb Raider  6/13/2013 2:17 PM EST
MGM's "Tomb Raider" is inching closer and closer to production, and now, they have hired  Marti Noxton (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to write the script.The plot is still under wraps, but is said to likely follow Lara Croft on one of her international adventures.  The first two film starred Angelina Jolie.The resurgence of popularity is likely due to the release of the newest video game installment, ...  More>>

New Tomb Raider Film Making Progress  3/28/2013 11:18 AM EST
The new "Tomb Raider" film, which has been plugging along at a slow pace, has gotten a bit of a boost from the latest video game release.The game has sold 3.4 million copies, and while some say that number is disappointing, the fact that the game is from an older franchise shows that the sales aren't quite as bad as they think.  It also shows that people are still interested in the franchise, and ...  More>>

Tomb Raider Reboot on the Horizon  3/7/2013 9:48 AM EST
This week, the gaming world welcomes back its greatest heroine, Lara Croft, of Tome Raider fame, and with it also comes the news that Crystal Dynamics, the game producers, and GK Films are looking at rebooting movie franchise also.Head of the studio at Crystal Dynamics, Darrell Gallagher, said of working with GK Films, "They are working from this new take that we've given them, It's a good partner...  More>>


Tomb Raider 4K Review


Tomb Raider 4K Review
Back in the 1990s, a little game called Tomb Raider, featuring a female "Indiana Jones" type character named Lara Croft, was introduced to the world. To help the game's appeal to the mostly male gaming audience, she was created with a large bosom and also used two guns versus a whip. The game proved to be a smash hit and more video games were released. Then, in 2001, Hollywood came knocking and the first Tomb Raider movie was released starring Angelina Jolie. The film franchise went on to have a sequel with Jolie before it was retired. However, the gaming franchise was given new life around five years ago when another version of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was released. The new game centered around a young Lara and showcased to the world that Lara was still a popular character.  This resurgence, in turn, led to this year's reboot, simply titled Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina) as the title character.

Just like the reboot of the video game itself, the new film franchise centers around a younger Lara Croft - one that is not the experienced Tomb Raider that appears in the Angelina Jolie films. Her curves are also gone, giving way to a more realistic approach to the character as a hardened, tough girl trying to make it in the world with a missing father, Richard (Dominic West; Les Misérables), who is presumed dead. After learning that she must claim her inheritance before it is sold off, the young Croft is led to a secret chamber in her father's tomb which contains a pre-recorded message from him. Disobeying the message to destroy his research, Lara sets off on her own to investigate the circumstances of her father's death.

Choosing to go with Vikander as the new Lara Croft was a great choice by Square Enix, Warner Bros., MGM, and director Roar Uthaug (The Wave). She truly embodies the "new" Croft that is more aligned with the current times than the buxom Tomb Raider of the past. She plays the part perfectly, showcasing skills Lara will eventually have as well as providing a three-dimensional character that was, unfortunately, lacking from its early incarnations. The same can unfortunately not be said about the story itself, as the world that Vikander's Croft lives in is still one-dimensional. Most scenes are not fully fleshed out, character motivation and actions are questionable, and the "in-game" set pieces used to give Easter eggs to gamers truly take the viewer out of the film and are unnecessary.

Mastered from a 4K source as well as given the HDR10 and Dolby Vision treatment, the new Tomb Raider film looks amazing on 4k UHD. Jungle colors are lush and bright and the sharpness and detail shown throughout the film truly show off the benefits of the new 4K platform. Tomb Raider 4K provides the viewer with a very powerful Dolby Atmos track that has great clarity and wide sound. All the sounds and wonder of Lara's world envelope the person's viewing area. This, combined with the high-quality video, makes the viewer feel like they are truly there in the jungle with her.

All the special features for this combo pack can be found on the Blu-ray disc included. Unfortunately, there aren't too many of them and they all seem to be fluff pieces.
 
  • Tomb Raider: Uncovered - This feature shows the cast and crew discussing some of the challenges of making the film.
  • Croft Training - See what it took to get Alicia Vikander into the peak physical shape needed for this physical performance.
  • Breaking Down the Rapids - The director discusses this action scene from the film.
  • Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon - In this extra, the history of the character and franchise is explored - from video games to the films.

Also included is a Digital HD copy of the film. However, going against the current, this version does not include a Movies Anywhere version and only an Ultraviolet version of the film. This is possible because of its co-production with MGM.

Lara Croft and Tomb Raider have a popular following and it is great to see a reboot of the series. Vikander truly embodies the new Lara Craft well and turns it into her own character. Unfortunately, the rest of the film was just a "by-the-numbers" action piece. Hopefully, her next outing will have a story and supporting cast that backs up Vikander's fantastic performance. However, until then, we have an amazing looking 4k transfer that is truly demo quality.

Grade: C

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