|Directed by||:||Roar Uthaug||Produced by||:||Gary Barber, Graham King||Based on||:||Tomb Raider, by Crystal Dynamics||Starring||:||Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Dominic West, Walton Goggins||Production companies||:||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., GK Films||Country||:||United States|
The Tomb Raider video games have been around since 1996 and first made the jump to the big screen with a pair of Angelina Jolie-led movies in the early 2000s. 2018’s Tomb Raider is a reboot of the film series that, like the reboot game released in 2013, imbues the globe-trotting archaeological adventure title with a greater sense of realism, yet retains its pulpy feeling. With Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander assuming the role of protagonist Lara Croft and Roar Uthaug – director of the acclaimed Norwegian natural disaster thriller The Wave – calling the shots, the Tomb Raider reboot makes for a fun but hollow cinematic relaunch of the franchise. Though entertaining in the moment and briskly paced, Tomb Raider never overcomes feeling like a video game that you watch instead of play.