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Lara Croft gets a modern makeover for 2018: Review

Lara Croft is back and better than ever in Norwegian Director Roar Uthaug‘s 2018 adaptation of ‘Tomb Raider’. The franchise faces a modern makeover, basing the narrative from the 2013 reboot of the popular video game (Lara even works as a Deliveroo!)

The story focuses on Lara’s missing father, who disappeared seven years earlier on a mysterious island off the coast of Japan on a mission to find a tomb containing a mythical Japanese Queen who was believed to control the pathway between life and the afterworld. Lara must rely on her instincts, sharp mind and face endless physical feats to locate where her father was last seen.

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) plays a strong-minded and pretty badass Lara – Vikander performed most of the brutal stunts herself and gained 12 pounds of muscle in four months to match Lara’s physical condition in the video games. The film begins with a brutal boxing scene, which sets the tone for the rest of the film – there are plenty of edge-of-seat moments, from an epic bike chase through London through to leaping from a falling crashed aircraft.

The soundtrack is incredible too, it really helps to convey the narrative in those ‘epic’ moments. A few of my favourite tracks from the movie include AVELINO – POWER (JUNKIE XL REMIX), & K.Flay – Run For Your Life and RAY BLK – Doing Me. Just listen to the tracks and you’ll get a feel of how epic the film is!

Tomb Raider Wrestling Scene

As of 2018, Tomb Raider is Rotten Tomatoes’ highest rated video game adaptation – so it’s definitely a must-see for Lara Croft and Gaming fans alike.

This article is supported by The Light Cinema Bolton.

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