Neal Mercier’s review published on Letterboxd:
"At some point we have to face up to who we are and who we’re meant to be."
A survivor is born...
Definitely not great, but I still had a lot of fun with this one. I beat the 2013 Tomb Raider game reboot which this film is heavily based upon a few weeks ago, and damn was that thing great. I had a few quibbles with it here and there, but for the most part it was an engrossing thrill-ride from start to finish that threw you right into the action. The movie never manages to be quite as much of an adrenaline rush, but that's one of the big roadblocks with video game film adaptations: the whole concept of player choice is inevitably stripped away. It does try to capture the game's spirit, though, and I admire that, even if it does often feel like the structure is mission to cutscene, rinse and repeat.
Let's be honest, this movie would likely fall on it's face if not for Alicia Vikander, who manages to bring so much dimension to the role of Lara Croft that she not only keeps the movie afloat, but helps it swim as well. She's absolutely great, and if they decide to make a sequel she better stick around.
I haven't played Rise of the Tomb Raider yet. I should amend that.