Tuesday, 13 March 2018

MPOV: Tomb Raider

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
Initial released: March 7, 2018
Director: Roar Uthaug
Casts: Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Walter Goggins, Dominic West, Kristen Scott Thomas
Category: PG-13, a 2018 American fantasy action adventure movie

Following the disappearance of her father Richard, Lara Croft lives a reckless and carefree life. When she is arrested after an accident involving a police car, Richard's business partner Ana Miller posts her bail and warns her that if she does not claim her inheritance, her father's estate will be sold off. Lara reluctantly accepts and comes into possession of the key to her father's office. There she finds a pre-recorded message from Richard detailing his research into Himiko, the mythical Queen of Yamatai who was said to command the power over life and death. Richard warns Lara to destroy all of his research but Lara decides to investigate further.

Lara travels to Hong Kong where she bribes Lu Ren, captain of the ship Endurance, to sail to an island believed to have once been Yamatai. The ship capsizes in a violent storm and Lara is washed ashore where she is knocked unconscious. She is revived by Mathias Vogel, the leader of an expedition to locate Himiko's tomb that has been funded by the shadowy Trinity organisation in an attempt to harness and weaponise Himiko's power. Vogel takes Lara prisoner, revealing that he killed her father and intends to use Richard's research to continue his expedition. Lara escapes with the help of Lu Ren, who survived the storm and has been put to work with the local fishermen digging for Himiko's tomb. She evades capture but is seriously wounded in the process and passes out from her injuries.

Lara regains consciousness after nightfall and is forced to kill a Trinity guard when she is nearly discovered. She follows a mysterious figure wandering the island and discovers that the figure is her father, who has himself been held captive on Yamatai. After convincing him that she is real, Richard treats her injuries and despite his protests, Lara sets off to recover his research from Vogel's camp and take the fight to Trinity. Lara makes contact with Lu Ren and he, along with the fishermen, stage distractions, allowing Lara to infiltrate the Trinity camp and recover her father's research. In the ensuing chaos, Richard makes his way to the tomb and is captured by Vogel, who persuades Lara to open Himiko's tomb.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Of course, Alicia Vikander is not as finesse as Angelina Jolie, portraying a young Lara Croft but she's getting there. At the start of the movie, the attention was on her, for me. As it's a young Lara Croft who's unpolished, brash and rogue, Vikander fits her perfectly. Eventually as the movie progressed, it was more about the adventure than Vikander. Engaging, enthralling and filled with many actions, it was truly entertaining for me. However, there were some undistinguished parts like the camcorder. How could the battery life sustained after 7 years??? A standard battery life will drain slowly but not this one as after 7 years, it can still be played. Hmmm.....

Anyway, my last note is about the cinema. This movie is PG-13 but there were quite a number of Malaysian folks bringing along their children to watch this uncensored gory movie. As I was trying to concentrate on the movie, these people behind me was noisy! Their child kept asking questions about the movie! OMG! If you want to bring your children along, please ensure they shut their mouth!!! Otherwise, please leave them at home! Cinema operators, please ensure teenagers aged 13 and above are allowed into the cinema and not children nor babies!
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