Tomb Raider

A new Tomb Raider adventure film starring Alicia Vikander in a series launched by Angelina Jolie in the title role more than 15 years ago.  Vikander reprises the Lara Croft character in a prequel as a younger English artistocratic Lady who has the skills and ingenuity to put MI6 to shame and with a strong inclination for archeology.  Dubbed the female Indiana Jones by reviewers, the new movie also stars Dominic West in an adventure that finds our heroine searching for her long lost father, an eccentric and wealthy archeologist.


Do we tell you your level of appreciation for Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander very much depends on whether you are a video game player of the title from Eidos Interactive?  Or perhaps you were a big fan of Angelina Jolie and just were so upset the studio cancelled the sequel after Tomb Raider Cradle of Life was panned by critics but received a much better overall review than the original?

We can’t give you three different reviews from three film reviewers because our editor wouldn’t allow it and truth is I had a few exchanges with film critics and it was very much a case of which isle you are sitting in.  The casual viewer who has never had any brushes with Tomb Raider but is an action movie lover?  Or the preceding cases of hardcore video player versus a stickler for the Jolie interpretation?

 Warner Brothers Studios and Eidos are hoping to usher all five varieties of moviegoers into the theater including those who are fans of Alicia Vikander from Jason Bourne and Tulip Fever as well as those who don’t usually go for this kind of action film but are intrigued by the possibility of a young actress playing Lost and Survivor on The Island with a skew towards Spielberg’s and Lucas’ Indiana Jones franchise.


"A tight, fast, well-made
B picture that delivered
exactly what it promised.
I liked it much."
David Edelstein New York Magazine

"Alicia Vikander worked herself into hardbody
shape for Tomb Raider,
which by contrast is a
flabby, lazy mess."
Brian Truitt USA Today