Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander shines as the newest incarnation of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider. The rest of the film, however, is just kind of meh.
Gone are the short shorts and the red shades, this Lara Croft is based on the 2013 reboot game series that sees a less experienced Croft. As she tries to solve her father’s murder/last adventure, Lara is taken to an island housing an ancient biological threat.
Magic is traded in for science this time around, however a quasi-zombie element is introduced very late into the film.
Walton Goggins, who plays the film’s main antagonist does well enough, but he also doesn’t really get that much to do.
The film would have been better if it started on the boat leading to the island instead of the tired story of a rich kid forsaking their inheritance so they live like a poor person.
Back to Vikander, she really does sell the role of Croft. She takes a beating in this flick and is just a relentless beast of a girl. She’s formidable but not invincible. She gets cut, stabbed, choked out, like a normal person.
Vikander single handily raises this film above its simple story and not fully realized villains. For that HipZOMJoint gives it a strong 6.9 out of 10, not bad.