Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Details: Released in 2018. Stars Alicia Vikander. More information can be found at

Score: 6.7/10

Tomb Raider is a remake of movies of the same name which were based on the video games of the same name. The story is loosely based off the Tomb Raider game that was released in 2013. This was an okay movie. If I were to pick out the biggest weakness of this movie, I would say that Alicia Vikander does not have the acting ability to portray visceral, grueling, survivalist emotions. A substantial part of this movie required that.

Tomb Raider is about Lara Croft, a young woman who recently lost her father and is coping with it by doing adrenaline inducing things. After finally agreeing to receive her inheritance, Lara discovers clues as to her father’s whereabouts. Now Lara seeks to track him down and discover the truth about her father’s death.

If you’ve played the 2013 Tomb Raider game, you’ll have a pretty good idea how the first half of the movie will go. The second half deviates from the game’s plot. Altogether, the film is okay. They tried to portray some pulse pounding moments, but the problem is that Vikander is not that great of an actress. A lot of the scenes required her to portray moments of pain and fear and Vikander just wasn’t convincing.

The story itself plays out much like a video game story. It’s superficial and kind of far fetched. I think the movie would have been better with a better actress playing the lead role and a more intimate story that focuses more on Lara than on mystical tomb. Maybe they could have just abandoned those attempted emotional scenes which weren’t very emotional and just went balls to the wall with the action and excitement.

Overall, Tomb Raider isn’t a terrible movie, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to most people. It you love Lara Croft or Alicia Vikander, then maybe give it a watch.

Score: 6.7/10

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