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Tomb Raider: A Review

Matthew Demchak, Opinion Editor

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Mental Note: When your father asks you to burn all his research on a mythical queen that’s said to be the key to life and death located on a random island in the middle of the most dangerous part of the ocean, do exactly what he says.

Then again, since when has Lara Croft done something that doesn’t turn into a life-threatening adventure?

The Tomb Raider reboot has come at last, but does it hold weight? I watched it when it was released into theaters, and here’s what I have to say about it.

Before I continue, keep in mind that there might be spoilers within. Read on at your own risk.

The movie stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, a young woman who goes in search of her father, Richard (portrayed by Dominic West) after she discovers that he went to the mysterious island of Yamatai. However, once there, she must contend with Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) and group representing the shadowy Trinity Organization to claim the mysterious power of Himiko located in a tomb on the island.

So, let’s talk about this.

From my tiny knowledge of the Tomb Raider franchise, I can view this particular movie as an origin story for the character of Lara Croft. While most other portrayals of her through video games and the old Tomb Raider movies with Angelina Jolie show her as a strong, experienced archaeologist, this movie shows her when she knows very little about fighting and near-death experiences. We see that clearly in the film multiple times, when she barely escapes death throughout different points of the film. Now that she knows what kind of a world is out there, and what threat Trinity poses in their quest for supernatural power, I suspect that she will train harder than ever to increase her skills so she’s not left screaming as she almost dies.

The plot itself was a little slow at points, I’m sorry to say. However, it did appear to be fully developed. We started with a reluctant hero, and ended with her saving the world from a supernatural threat.

Overall, the movie had its ups and downs. Its fast and slow plot moving scenes. Not to mention the classic “escape the temple before it collapses on you” scene. So in the end, I have to give this movie a solid B (roughly 8.5) out of ten. It probably won’t win too many awards, but Tomb Raider definitely sets the scene for a lot more movies to be created in that universe. If more movies are made, I am excited to see what tomb Lara will have to raid next to combat Trinity.

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