The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I was not a fan of the previous two Tomb Raider films. I felt them to be poorly made, and badly cast. I do however enjoy the games. I remember playing the very first one when I was almost 20 years old. And now I watch as my son is playing the new ones. When we found out a new film was coming out we could wait to see it.
Tomb Raider is the origin story of Laura Croft. When we first meet her see is working as a bycle delivery driver. She is behind on her gym dues, and struggling for money. When she gets busted for a bike street race (a fantastic sequence)she is visited by her gaurdian who informes her that her family fortune and the mansion would be sold off as her dad has been missing for seven years and is now legally considered dead.
Laura goes to sign everything and is given a puzzle. She solves it and it leads her to a secret room in the family's mausoleum. She discovers her father was a treasure Hunter who specialized in supernatural artifacts. He disappeared While searching for Himiko a long dead queen who can controll the power of death. Turns out he was not alone in his search as a mysterious organization know as Trinity. They want to harness her power and turn it into a weapon.
Laura takes her father's notes and hires a captain to take her to The Devil's Island, the place her father disappeared. Their boat crashes and she is taken captive by the Trinity organization who she must stop from getting to Himiko.
What follows is a really good origin story showing how Laura hones her skills. She doesn't have her two guns (there is a great clip towards the end though with them) she uses a makeshift bow and arrow. Along with her fighting skills and parkor skills she moves along the island outwitting and batteling the mercenarys of Trinity.
Part video game, part Indian Jones the film is a real treat for fans and far superior to the previous films. My only issue is even though the action sequences are great, there are not enough of them in the film. Not saying the movie is bad, but for a video game adaptation it should have progressed at a faster rate with a lot more action scenes.
Warner Brothers has done another fantastic job on the transfer and the film is truely beautiful, especially the island sequences. Warner Brothers have also loaded it with special features.
Tomb Raider is a really fun film and you don't have to be a fan of the games to like it. If you are a fan of the games however you will not be disappointed. Go ahead and pick this one up. It sets up further films so hopefully we can see more of these in the future.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars