Not My Lara- A Tomb Raider 2018 Movie Review

by TechGeek Team

The 2018 Tomb Raider movie has the perfect setup! Great production value packed with action scenes. And Alicia Vikander is the perfect actress for the role. Unfortunately, she's just not written as Lara Croft in the movie. At least, not the Lara Croft we all know from the games. The 2018 Tomb Raider movie has the perfect setup! Great production value packed with action scenes. And Alicia Vikander is the perfect actress for the role. Unfortunately, she's just not written as Lara Croft in the movie. At least, not the Lara Croft we all know from the games. You don’t have to play every single Tomb Raider game released like I did to know who the character of Lara Croft is.

But apparently, even with all the visual references to the reboot of the game series thrown in, whoever wrote the script for the 2018 Tomb Raider movie… completely missed out on the key characteristics that makes Lara Croft who she is supposed to be.

Which made Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of Lara Croft in the movie even more tragic for many Tomb Raider fans because she is the perfect physical shell for Lara Croft. She has the looks, the accent, the athletic prowess and the acting background… all except the most important things that would identify her as the Tomb Raider we all know.

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The Lara Croft in this movie has no background in Archeology, no obsessive spirit of being an explorer and researcher, and absolutely no sense for adventure. Basically, in this movie, she’s just another girl with daddy issues because her father left her at a very young age and now she has to travel to some island searching for him. I mean, she even tells her father in his face that she skipped out of College Universities to become a street bicycle mail courier.

The 2018 Tomb Raider movie has the perfect setup! Great production value packed with action scenes. And Alicia Vikander is the perfect actress for the role. Unfortunately, she's just not written as Lara Croft in the movie. At least, not the Lara Croft we all know from the games. Now if you’re just looking at this as an action movie by itself, there’s plenty enough to appreciate with its high production value. The cinematography and action scenes accurately captures the raw violent nature of the game. The actors all do a great job with the roles they were given. Especially Alicia, she was the actress for the job. The problem is, she simply wasn’t written as Lara Croft from the game franchise.

Calling her character in the movie as Lara Croft would be like insisting some random guy with a whip, hat, and a gun stumbling around the desert is Indiana Jones without being a Professor in Archeology. It would just fail to identify with its fan base.

And the overall story gets even more butchered by the fact that they decided to squeeze both background plots from the last two Tomb Raider games into one movie.

So as a Tomb Raider fan, I would love to tell everyone to go watch this in the theaters just for the chance that we might get a much better movie as a sequel. But just be ready to love everything else about this movie except the story.