Movie Review: TOMB RAIDER (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

TOMB RAIDER is based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. The movie was directed by Roar Uthaug from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons, with the story by Evan Daugherty and Robertson-Dworet. The film stars Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

This Tomb Raider remake follows the young heroine who goes on a dangerous adventure to hopefully discover what actually happened to her missing father.  She meets Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), a ship captain who ends up becoming a loyal ally during her adventure because the two have a lot in common when it comes to their fathers. What happens is, they encounter a violent storm on the high seas and the ship ends up crashing but somehow it’s on the island where her father disappeared. This is where their epic adventure really begins and it’s full of deadly traps and ancient puzzles.

This mysterious location is also where they encounter Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins), another adventurer with a sinister agenda at play. They find out that they’re searching for the same ancient treasure but if it falls into the wrong hands it has the potential to destroy all of mankind. Thanks to Lara’s puzzle-solving skills, the two sides ends up discovering the hidden location of the treasure and Lara gets to witness first hand the kind of damage it could do if it reaches the masses. In the end, she’s able to outsmart and outmaneuver her enemy as well as find out what happened to her father.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc has an army green finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though this Tomb Raider remake wasn’t as good as the original or its sequel, the movie still had its moments of exciting entertainment. I liked the story because it goes way back to Lara’s childhood and shows the bond she had with her father but I think the movie spent way too much time on that and setting the adventure up for the heroine. It’s like the first half of the movie was running in slow motion and the second half picked it up full speed. You can have too much character development in a movie and this is an example of that. Still, I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters and I love me some Alicia Vikander. Roar Uthaug did an okay job directing this remake but he’s to blame for it shortcomings because he was the one telling the story and bringing it all to life on screen. I don’t think we’ll get a sequel for this because of its poor box office take here in the U.S. but it did set things up for more adventures and I would like to see more of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft – so we’ll see. Tomb Raider will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on June 12th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 118 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include four behind-the-scenes and making of featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Tomb Raider: Uncovered – The cast and crew reveal the challenges – and the fun – of bringing Lara Croft’s thrilling adventures of life for a new generation. (07:06)
  • Croft Training – Enter the gym with Award winning actress Alicia Vikander as she prepares for the most physically demanding role of her career and transforms into the iconic action hero Lara Croft. (06:06)
  • Breaking Down the Rapids – Join Director Roar Uthaug as he and other members of the cast and crew break down the film’s most exciting action set piece. (05:34)
  • Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon – Explore the revolutionary TOMB RAIDER saga from video games to movies, and discover how Lara Croft became one of the most popular and successful female characters of all time. (09:53)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

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