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|Original title:||Tomb Raider|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 118 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
It has been seven years since the father of Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) disappeared without a trace. He has long since been declared dead and Lara would be entitled to a million-dollar inheritance if only she would accept that her father actually no longer lives. But the young woman doesn't believe it. She would rather lead a modest life as a bicycle courier than give up her father. One day, when she encounters a secret room on the abandoned family estate, she finds clues to her father's last whereabouts: an uninhabited island off the Japanese coast. The adventurer was convinced that there was a legendary tomb here, the existence of which must be kept secret from evil forces at all costs. But instead of fulfilling her father's last wish and destroying all his records, Lara sets out to search for the island herself and stumbles into an adventure that could not only be life-threatening for her…
No question, Angelina Jolie was visually almost an ideal cast for the popular computer game icon Lara Croft. But her two "Tomb Raider" movies just couldn't really convince. The scripts were weak and the stagings far from as spectacular as the game models promised. Now the Norwegian director Roar Uthaug ("Cold Prey", "The Wave") dares a new interpretation. And he succeeds with the Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander in the leading role really well.
Sure, this version of "Tomb Raider" isn't a big revelation either. But it has become a very entertaining adventure movie, in which Lara Croft can reveal more and more interesting facets of her character than Angelina Jolie was allowed to do. Even if the figure doesn't really have real depth now, it's at least given some corners and edges that make it very interesting at the beginning. The friendly game of Alicia Vikander underlines this very convincingly.
With some humor, very good action sequences and a great set design, the first half of the film can convince all along the line. Yes, there are very clichéd dialogues and yes, many aspects of the already quite thin story are also very predictable. However, the implementation is so well done in terms of both craftsmanship and acting that most of the weaknesses become meaningless. The movie is just fun, offers a lot of show-stopping values (Lara's balancing act on an old airplane over a waterfall may not be logical, but it's really great) and enough speed to entertain you for almost two hours.
So if you're not looking for much more than an entertaining popcorn cinema with a great heroine, you'll get your money's worth. And in the credits there is also a nice little allusion for the fans of the video game Lara Croft, which makes you want to see Alicia Vikander in more "Tomb Raider" movies. Let's hope that this first gig is successful enough to bring some more sequels. Absolutely worth seeing!
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