HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review 2018’s version of TOMB RAIDER, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to draw your attention to it. Now, I’m really the wrong guy to even talk about this one. I know who Lara Croft is, but I never played a single video game that starred her nor did I see Angelina Jolie’s take on the gal when it made the cinematic screen the first time around. Nor do I know why Hollywood needed to revisit it except that the industry just likes to regurgitate content quite often.
Well, I guess I could speculate on why this movie needed to be redone with Alicia Vikander in the lead. Perhaps Simon West’s 2001 movie was just not that good? I mean, Rotten Tomatoes gave the original a 20% rating and stated that “Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft, but even she can’t save the movie from a senseless plot and action sequences with no emotional impact” Or another reason could be the timeliness of the whole women empowerment movement. Lara Croft certainly seems a capable woman to handle the deadly tasks the movie puts her through. For whatever reason the TOMB RAIDER is reborn. The question is how much better is the 2018 reboot? Well, our go-to rating aggregator declares the following:
As for the plot, it goes like this – Following the disappearance of her father, Lord Richard Croft, Lara Croft makes a living as a bike courier. When she is arrested after a bike accident involving a police car, Richard’s business partner Ana Miller posts her bail. After never claiming her inheritance for many years, believing her father to still be alive, Miller warns Lara that if she does not claim her vast inheritance, her father’s country estate, Croft Manor, will be sold off. Lara reluctantly accepts and gains access to a secret chamber in her father’s tomb. There she finds a pre-recorded video message from Richard detailing his research into Himiko, the mythical Queen of Yamatai who was said to command the power over life and death. Richard warns Lara to destroy all of his research, but she ignores his warnings so that she can investigate further.
So, is director Roar Uthaug’s version of Lara Croft’s adventure worthy of being told again? Find out when TOMB RAIDER debuts on HBO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 at 8:00pm.