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We all know that The Asylum will waste no opportunity to create a mockbuster for an upcoming action/adventure film, and Tomb Invader is no different. Debuting a week before the release of the new Tomb Raider, this ripoff pits Alabama Channing, the film's titular treasure hunter, against a lame story, bad special effects and even worse supporting actors. However, these movies are obviously made on the cheap, so I think it's too harsh to use any production value shortcomings as criticisms against the film (unless you're new to The Asylum). Unfortunately the acting department is a whole other issue. As mentioned above, the supporting actors almost derail the entire thing, they could have been so much better, which would have allowed this title to work on a guilty pleasure level. Alas Alabama's two friends, Samantha and Bennie are both annoying and appear as if they walked off the set of a children's TV sitcom. Any sense of danger or tension is ruined because of their playfulness. Such a shame because the other actors are decent in their roles, especially Alabama herself, played with surprising spunk and determination by Gina Vitori.
The plot is nothing amazing either but it was still entertaining nevertheless. Our heroes are recruited by a rich dude to find Chinese treasure. Most the time is spent walking around talking or grappling with some locals. Only the last half hour is reserved for any actual "invading" of tombs. There could easily have been more of an adventure element added at the end, as the booby traps employed were mediocre and in some instances downright pointless. There also wasn't much of an attempt to explain the significance of the treasure, this was sidelined in favour of the plotline revolving around Alabama's mother, who had been unsuccessful in acquiring the same treasure twenty years earlier. If you enjoy your light cheesy movies, then this will be perfect, but without any OTT violence or sex and nudity, that have helped other Asylum titles in the past, Tomb Invader will have limited interest.
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