Tomb Raider (2018) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Tomb Raider (2018) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Warner Bros.

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now 21, and working as a London bike courier, Lara is driven to solve the puzzle of her father’s mysterious death. Leaving behind everything she knows, she searches for her father’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.

Oddly enough, I was never a fan of the old Tomb Raider movies. I was never really a fan of the Tomb Raider games until they hit the XBox 360 and PS4 platforms. That is probably all well and good considering that this new Tomb Raider reboot draws from the rebooted games and we see a bit of an origin story of Laure Croft, as she’s just now getting into doing her thing. That takes her into the jungle looking for the last known whereabouts of her father, which in return leads her into all sorts of trouble. Honestly, a lot of this movie is a bit paint by numbers and things do happen to go where you expect them to at times, but it is cool seeing stuff from those above-mentioned video games pop up here and there as well. We have action, we have a lot of classic Tomb Raider style stuff, but you kind of just get exactly what you expect to get while watching it and that can be a little disappointing at times because it’s otherwise extremely well-made and a nice looking film.

Alicia Vikander does make a very good Laure Croft! I find her version of the classic character to be a whole lot more relatable and likable than our last incarnation of it played by Angelina Jolie. She puts a lot of life in a character that in other films and platforms could feel a bit too stiff and generic. She’s probably the best part of the film overall and will be a good person to have around if this movie does eventually turn into a full-on franchise, which it does plant seeds for. Maybe next time around the movie won’t be as easy to predict and as by the book as this one turns out to be. Still, with such a good lead and the way the film looks mixed with the action, it makes for a good popcorn flick if nothing else.

Extras

– Tomb Raider: Uncovered – The cast and crew reveal the challenges – and the fun – of bringing Lara Croft’s thrilling adventures of life for a new generation.
– Croft Training – Enter the gym with Award winning actress Alicia Vikander as she prepares for the most physically demanding role of her career and transforms into the iconic action hero Lara Croft.
– Breaking Down the Rapids – Join Director Roar Uthaug as he and other members of the cast and crew break down the film’s most exciting action set piece.
– Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon – Explore the revolutionary TOMB RAIDER saga from video games to movies, and discover how Lara Croft became one of the most popular and successful female characters of all time.

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%