surprisingly good and action-packed children’s adventure movie based on the games of the same name.
There’s an urban start that grounds Lara Croft’s taste for thrills and adventure. It also establishes her as more real than many characters in similar movies. The bicycle courier fox hunt is an entertaining and exciting change from tedious vroom vroom car chases.
Possibly the tensest scenes are when Lara has to avoid falling down a waterfall by scrambling through a rotting plane. Though I’m unsure that planes rust what with being made of aluminium and suchlike the heights and the peril are well played.
The movie has very strong video game influences as you’d expect. For example, the evasion scenes in the jungle are Temple Run in movie form.
The bad guys are surprisingly mean, callous, and violent. For a 12A this movie had some brutal violence and dispassionate killings. Nothing too horrible, just different from the usual TV-like 12A stuff.
All in all this is an enjoyable and thrilling adventure/quest movie based clearly on its video game heritage. It establishes Wikander as a credible Lara Croft and Lara Croft as a very credible adventurer/action character. I hope any subsequent movies in the series maintain this standard.