The cast in this movie, combined with the trailers, gave me confidence the movie would be good.
I am happy to report it met my expectations. And those who play the video game, will be happy to know it is similar to the new, 2013 version of Tomb Raider. I haven’t played the game myself, but people tell me the chosen actress looks exactly like the character in the game. Some of the scenes are also similar, and there’s several times the point of view goes to first person, just like the game.
Sadly, that does mean the movie is like watching a video game, rather than playing it. Its not the first film to do this, several of the Resident Evil movies felt like this, and they did it to a degree where I was literally shouting out, “that’s a boss!” “level checkpoint!” and so forth. Tomb Raider was not that bad, but close.
It does have action. It does have a plot. Some scenes are a bit exaggerated and unrealistic when it comes to physics. There are moments where the action could be avoided if the characters weren’t being stupid–but the point was to give us as much action as possible, so I get it.
Overall, its a decent action movie and worth seeing. But don’t set your expectations too high. I mean, I tend to like these movies, I loved the movie adaptation of “Doom” and the first “Resident Evil” movie. So, I’m likely rating “Tomb Raider” higher than most would.