Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of twenty-one 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 ...Written by
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The brown leather belt worn by Lara Croft is from the old (pre-1999) uniform of The Boys' Brigade, a British voluntary youth organization. See more »
Lara is on the Endurance sailing from Hong Kong to Japan, due north east. But when she bids goodnight to Lu Ren and heads to her cabin the ship can be seen sailing towards the setting sun in the west. See more »
Lord Richard Croft:
May 17th, 2009. Further research on Himiko. According to legend, Himiko, the first queen of Japan was a powerful sorceress who ruled the empire through dark magic. Spreading death and destruction by the mere touch of her hand. She was only stopped by a single twist of fate. An army of her own generals bound and dragged Himiko to an uninhabitable island in the middle of the treacherous Devil's Sea. There she remains entombed beneath the mountains. I found a spec, on an old map that ...
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SPOILER: The title doesn't appear on screen until the end of the film. Following this is a brief scene of Lara returning to the pawn shop where she sold her pendant earlier in the film. She then purchases two guns, implying she will continue the fight in sequel films (a brief clip of this scene appeared in the first trailer for the movie). See more »
When I heard that Tomb Raider was getting the reboot treatment I was less than excited, it just wasn't needed.
Then the first stills from production came out and Alicia Vikander was revealed as this generations Lara Croft and I.................laughed. I've seen some bad casting but Vikander as Lara, really?
Now don't get me wrong I like Alicia Vikander, she's a fantastic little actress and has demonstrated how good she is throughout her career (And seems incapable of ageing) but she isn't Lara Croft. Lara is the tall amazonian quintessential English woman and dinky Swedish Vikander was a bad choice for that.
She takes the role and makes it her own but fights an impossible uphill battle like casting a wheelchair bound actor as Linford Christie it just wasn't going to happen. Her performance is excellent as is Dominic West who plays her father Lord Richard Croft and the movie clearly has influences from the modern Tomb Raider (Rebooted) games so stays true to much of it's origins. It also plays out like a modern Indiana Jones movie and actually does it quite well.
So what's the problem? Poor casting can flatline a movie, Vikanders strong performance can only go so far. She simply isn't Lara Croft and I couldn't get past that, the origin story had been changed (Which I hate) and the whole thing felt like someone hadn't thought it through thoroughly enough.
If you're not a fan of the Tomb Raider franchise and like a good old fashioned adventure movie then you may well find yourself blown away by this. If however you are a fan and have expectations you'll likely walk away like me highly frustrated.
Vikander really is a great actress
Looks great with classic tomb raiding action
Simply not loyal enough to the source material
Vikander is awful casting
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
A thing that is priceless to you can have a price of as little as 8k
Alicia Vikander is immortal
Abs are a less impressive feat on a skinny person
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