Way back in 2001 Angelina Jolie brought video game adventurer Lara Croft to life with the release of “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” Jolie made two “Tomb Raider” movies before everyone involved lost interest. They were decent, but not particularly impressive or engaging, action-adventure films.
Seventeen years later, Alicia Vikander steps into the role for a fresh start and a new adventure. The latest “Tomb Raider” is a decent, but not particularly impressive or engaging, action-adventure flick.
Lara is the daughter of wealthy Richard Croft (Dominic West), who disappeared some years ago and now Lara must find and rescue him. Wait. Didn’t I review this movie last week?
Richard went missing while searching for the tomb of Himiko, an ancient queen with strange mystical powers. Richard wanted to find the tomb before the evil Trinity organization does because if it gets to the corpse first they will do something evil with it — because that’s what evil organizations do.
Lara unearths a clue to her father’s whereabouts and, with help from ship captain Lu Rein (Daniel Wu), tracks him down to a deserted island. She and Lu are immediately captured by an expedition party sent by Trinity and led by Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins).
There’s a lot of running and chasing in this movie. It starts off with a bike chase, followed by Lara being chased around by a trio of young punks, then being chased through the jungle by Trinity agents. She spends a lot more time running than tomb raiding, but I guess “Lara Croft: Runner” wouldn’t be quite as big a draw.
I can’t say this new “Tomb Raider” is better or worse than the original. There is some beautiful scenery, your standard traps-in-the-tomb excitement, some decent action — but that was also true of the first one. Vikander is the real draw here as she has great screen presence. But then, so did Jolie.
“Tomb Raider” is a very by-the-numbers adventure movie with a twist at the end that makes no sense to me. It’s clearly set up as the start of a franchise but we’ll see how long “Lara Croft 2.0” will carry on.