Ok, so I’ll admit I’ve been slacking with the gaming movies recently. Can you blame me though? I’ve already watched Mortal Kombat and that really is the pinnacle.
But, I’ve committed to the project and I’ll see it through, even if I die of boredom or literally just put a gun to my head because there are some terrible movies out there.
So without further ado, here’s Tomb Raider!
Lara Croft and Tomb Raider is an easy one. There’s not a huge storyline that needs to be transferred to the screen and you pretty much have a blueprint from the Indiana Jones trilogy.
And, well, as a movie, it kind of works! Don’t get me wrong, if you’ve paid mega bucks to watch it in IMAX, you might not feel like you’ve got value for money but if you’re watching it on a Sunday afternoon, it’s more than enjoyable.
Like any action movie that’s gone before it, Tomb Raider doesn’t ask too much of you. It has some fun and electrifying set pieces, a backstory that weaves through the narrative and has a lead character that you can trust to save the day. What more can you ask for?
Whilst it encompasses everything great about action movies, it also falls into the same traps. The script is hammy, the bad guys have been to the same accuracy school as the Imperial Empire and there are some super dodgy accents. Daniel Craig, you’re not American and you don’t use words like “hustle”. Just stop it. It’s painful to watch.
Are these things really traps in this kind of movie though? I just think they add to the charm as long as everything else works. All we want from an action movie is to be entertained and Tomb Raider certainly does that.
I’ve also come to a realisation when it comes to gaming movies. Games themselves have become a lot more serious and in turn, what we want as movie goers has too. Tomb Raider was released in 2001 so what we’re seeing on screen isn’t all that different to the game it was based on.
That’s not an excuse to forgive bad movies but it’s certainly a fundamental reason behind certain failings.
Luckily, Tomb Raider does exactly what it says on the tin. Adding to the set pieces, you have some witty elements as well as a perfectly played heroine. There’s an eerie element to the bad guys that works in this kind of setting and you can never go wrong with Iain Glen as the main villain.
However, if I hear Noah Taylor say the word “bugger” once more, I may punch something. We know that he’s British, I don’t need it rammed down my throat.
3* - Plenty to raid in this tomb.