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Tomb Raider (2018)

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Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared.

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Roar Uthaug

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Vikander ... Lara Croft
Dominic West ... Richard Croft
Walton Goggins ... Mathias Vogel
Daniel Wu ... Lu Ren
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Ana Miller
Derek Jacobi ... Mr. Yaffe
Alexandre Willaume ... Lieutenant
Tamer Burjaq ... Mercenary
Adrian Collins ... Mercenary
Keenan Arrison ... Mercenary
Andrian Mazive ... Mercenary
Milton Schorr ... Mercenary
Hannah John-Kamen ... Sophie
Peter Waison Peter Waison ... Taxi Driver
Samuel Mak ... Chinese Kid
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Storyline

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, 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 couldn't ... Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Her legend begins.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Hindi

Release Date:

16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,633,317, 18 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,421,715

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$273,321,715
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2.39 : 1
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Kristen Stewart was offered the lead role but turned it down. See more »

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When falling in the river Lara ends up on a rusty crashed airplane. The body work of that plane would had been made of aluminum, as iron is way too heavy. This would not result in a brown rust patine, as aluminum turns white when it corrodes. See more »

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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 »


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a joyless slog
16 March 2018 | by dave-mcclainSee all my reviews

"Tomb Raider" (PG-13, 1:58) is a reboot of the erstwhile Angelina Jolie franchise (with 2001 and 2003 "Lara Croft Tomb Raider" films). All the movies are based on the British "Tomb Raider" action-adventure video game series, which came on the scene in 1996. Like the games, the movies have used various combinations of "Tomb Raider" and "Lara Croft" (the franchises' central character) in their titles. Naming tweaks aside, the question is if the 2018 changes in casting & approach pay off for Movie Fans.

While Jolie's casting and portrayal matched the look and attitude of the video game heroine, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander brings a leaner and less mean Lara Croft to the big screen. Jolie brought the bad-ass female archaeologist/adventurer to life with a lot of swagger, but Vikander's Croft is more physically and emotionally vulnerable, full of fight, but yet to realize her potential, intellectually or in practice. The quality both characterizations share is intelligence and guts, but 2018's "Tomb Raider" is an origin story.

Seven years after the disappearance of her father, wealthy businessman and adventurer Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), Lara is a woman with no plan. Obviously intelligent, she's content trying to be a mixed martial artist and working as a bicycle messenger. She wouldn't have to work at all, if she would just sign the documents declaring her father legally dead so she can inherit his company and his fortune, but she's having a very hard time letting go of the hope that her father, whom she idolizes, is still alive.

When company officer (and Lara's former legal guardian), Ana Miller (Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas), finally convinces Lara to swing by the office and sign those papers, Lara receives a Japanese puzzle box that her father left her. Solving the puzzle leads Lara to the discovery of what her father was really working on when he disappeared - trying to find the tomb of a legendary Japanese queen who supposedly possessed the power of life and death. Still hoping to find her father alive (or at least learn what happened to him), the clues lead Lara to Japan where she hires a reluctant but down-on-his-luck boat captain (Daniel Wu) to take her into the Devil's Sea to a remote island which is notoriously difficult to reach. Upon reaching the island, Lara discovers the ruthless Mathias Vogel (Emmy nominee Walter Goggins) leading an expedition to find the tomb for a mysterious international organization.

Vikander's "Tomb Raider" (directed by Roar Uthaug) is a joyless, by-the-numbers actioner. In spite of Vikander's considerable talent and gravitas, she feels miscast as the tough and determined young adventurer. With the understanding that this is a Lara Croft origin story, it just becomes mind-numbing to see her beaten up throughout the movie, while none of the actors' performances rise about the level of serviceable. The script (by Evan Daugherty and Geneva Robertson-Dworet) features unnecessary dialog, characters whose motivations make little sense and a story which is mostly very predictable. Disappointing. "C"


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