The Movie: 5/10
Lara Croft doesn’t hold a spot in my heart the way she does for a lot of video gaming folks. I just like to enjoy these adventure stories as they are on the big screen, without a controller in my hand 🙂
As for the story, it’s OK, but not that deep or interesting. Our Lara starts as a bike courier delivering food in the city and we find out she’s in a position to inherit a bunch of money and a mansion and a big company, but she chooses to be poor? I think that’s the most hokey way to approach this character, but we moved on quickly from the poverty stage to having unlimited resources…oh but wait she still hocks a necklace that belonged to her late mother? Hmmmm This is some weak story telling, but I can overlook it for this movie, really I can.
I had a good time, even if it was not a well told tale, the big action sequences are the star of this show and they serve their purpose adequately. That’s really what you are buying the ticket for on this one, the action and the adventure, the tomb raiding, and yet there’s not a lot of tomb raiding unfortunately. We get one big tomb sequence, but it has the most gamey feel of any part of the movie. The story is handed to us with just some heavy exposition and it all feels quite shallow. The promise of some magic or mysticism is one of the Lora Croft trademarks, and yet we never get that kind of pay off.
Overall I do like the cast, the action, even the flimsy story because it’s all wrapped in a journey of our leading woman who takes a lot of hard knocks and keeps on going and going and going. I wouldn’t watch it again though. I would revisit the original tomb raider, Han Solo (wink) and have a good long movie marathon:)
- Tomb Raider Uncovered (7 Minutes) – Studio style EPK with interviews from all the major players.
- Croft Training (6 Minutes) – A look at Alicia Vikander’s training to become Lara Croft.
- Breaking Down The Rapids (6 Minutes) – A look at the major action sequence in the film.
- Lara Croft: Evolution Of An Icon (10 Minutes) – The history of Gaming Legend Lara Croft.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
Tomb Raider is a real looker-on 4K and 1080P sets due to the AVC encode and high bit-rate used by Warner here. Colors are rich and shadow detail is as inky as it comes. One thing I noticed here is there are no gloomy hard to see scenes not even inside the Tomb towards the end of the film. This is a great looking transfer one of the best of 2018.
The disc comes with a Dolby Atmos track and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Both tracks are outstanding and feature surround sound from everywhere in the room during the action sequences. Dialog is clean and always prioritized over other sounds.
Overall Score 5/10