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Tomb Raider

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Opening Date
08 Mar 2018
PG13 Some Violence
118 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Action, Adventure
Roar Uthaug
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins and Daniel Wu
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.  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.
Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes 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.
By Thompson Wong  12 Mar 2018
In this franchise reboot, director Roar Uthuag distances himself from the older movies by making one point clear: Croft is no longer a perfect protagonist in an imperfect world.
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Has it really been 17 years since the first Lara Croft movie starring Angelina Jolie made its debut in theatres? Yes indeed. We've come a long way, folks. This time, the iconic buxom actress, almost Bond-like in her invincibility, has been replaced by Alicia Vikander of The Danish Girl and Ex Machina fame.
In this franchise reboot, director Roar Uthuag distances himself from the older movies by making one point clear: Croft is no longer a perfect protagonist in an imperfect world. This time, her vulnerability shows. While her talents remain - Croft is shown to be undoubtedly proficient in cycling, archery and kick-boxing - she gets beaten down more often.
The modern Croft works as a courier in London, refusing to receive her father (Dominic West)'s inheritance, as signing the papers would mean accepting that he had truly died while disappearing seven years ago. Instead, after a series of incidents, Croft inevitably decides to visit her father's last known destination: a tomb housing Himiko, an ancient Japanese death queen, on a mythical island off Japan.
A chance encounter with a drunken sailor (Daniel Wu) leads Croft to the island, where Trinity, a shadow organisation led by a baddie with a strong receding hairline (Walton Goggins), is also searching for Himiko.
The action is commendable, though somewhat predictable. Uthaug laces his scenes with a blend of CGI and genuinely palpable action, including an airplane escape over a merciless waterfall. Vikander's performance, in particular, is a realistic, gritty breath of fresh air, with feminist undertones that will find an appreciative audience in the post #MeToo era. The actress had previously denounced gender inequality in film, noting that she "wants to be a part of that change proving that a female role can carry a successful blockbuster". In Croft she does.
Tomb Raider flips the gender stakes, with the men surrounding Croft's adventure either incompetent or shown to be inconveniences. Wu is probably the only male character of real help, but eventually also depends on Croft for his rescue.
So does Tomb Raider live up to the hype 17 years later? Yes, very much so, if audiences can tolerate the occasional clunky plot points in favour of the adrenaline.
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