Starring: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Dominic West, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nick Frost
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Action adventure directed by Roar Uthaug based on the video game of the same name. Tomb Raider follows Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman without any real focus or purpose, Lara is Determined to forge her own path and refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her father’s last-known destination, a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.
Our Favorite Quote:
Richard Croft: May 17th, 2009. Further research on Himiko. According to legend, Himiko, the first queen of Japan, was a powerful sorceress who ruled her empire through dark magic, spreading death and destruction by the mere touch of her hand. She was only stopped by a single twist of fate. An army of her own generals bound and dragged Himiko to an uninhabitable island in the middle of the treacherous Devil’s Sea. There, she remains entombed beneath the mountains. I found a speck on an old map that no one else has. And she’s there, waiting to be unleashed. I have to get there first. Even if it means doing the last thing I’d ever want to do, leaving my Lara behind.
Receptionist: What’s your name?
Lara Croft: Lara.
Lara Croft: Croft.
Lara Croft: I thought I saw dad again. I think I’m going mad.
Young Lara: At some point we have to face up to who we are and who we’re meant to be.
Ana Miller: Lara, your father’s gone. You can pick up where he left off. I see so much of him in you.
Richard Croft: [as Lara watches her father’s video message] Hello Sprout. If you’re listening to this then I must be dead. I found something, a tomb called the Mother of Death. If Trinity succeeds our world is in danger. Promise me you will stop them.
Lara Croft: I promise.
Richard Croft: [as Lara watches her father’s video message] Lara, there was more to my life than boardrooms and business deals. There’s an organization called Trinity who’s looking to start a global genocide. You must stop them, Lara. Promise me.
Richard Croft: [to Lara] Close the tomb once and for all. The fate of humanity is now in your hands.
Lara Croft: I think I know where my dad went.
[she points to the spot on the map]
Lu Ren: That’s right in the middle of The Devil Sea.
Lara Croft: It will be an adventure.
Lu Ren: Death is not an adventure.
Lara Croft: William Tell was a myth, dad.
Richard Croft: Well, all myths have foundation in reality.
Lara Croft: I am starting to wonder if he’d gone mad though. He didn’t seem to know what was real and what wasn’t, obsessing over some ancient Japanese death queen.
Lu Ren: Hey, some men like dangerous women.
Lara Croft: Some men are foolish.
Lara Croft: You were the one who taught me to never give up.
Richard Croft: That was a different time. When I was a different man, Lara.
[Lara notices her arrows and picks them up]
Lara Croft: Well, I’m still his daughter.
[Lara turns to leave]
Richard Croft: Lara!
Mathias Vogel: [to Lara] You shouldn’t have come here. But I’m glad that you did.
Mathias Vogel: What are you doing here, Lara? Seven years I’ve been on this island. Your father, he put me here. Now I see the likeness, intelligence, the recklessness.
Lara Croft: What do you know about my father?
Store Owner: Can’t be too careful these days. The world has gone bloody mad.
Lara Croft: [holds up two guns] I’ll take two.
Lu Ren: Your dad sure knew how to pick a holiday.
Lara Croft: He had a knack for the unexpected.
Mathias Vogel: [to Lara] Lady’s first.
Mathias Vogel: Open the tomb!
Lara Croft: I need you.
Richard Croft: No, you don’t. You’re worth ten of me. You said you don’t believe in magic. Well, what’s this, my darling? All this time here, I wished I could see you grow up. And now I have. It’s a miracle. Chin up, Sprout. There’s jobs to do. Go on, go! There’s no time, Lara! Go on, go!
[Lara reluctantly turns to leave, she looks at Richard who kisses his first two fingers and holds them up]
Richard Croft: Dad loves you.
[Lara does the same and holds her two fingers up]
Lara Croft: I love you
Lara Croft: [points her arrow at Vogel] Put it down!
Mathias Vogel: [points his gun at Lara] It’s your finger that’s pulling this trigger.
Lara Croft: You messed with the wrong family.
Pawnbroker Alan: Oh, you again.
Lara Croft: I came back for the amulet.
Pawnbroker Alan: Shame. I was hoping you’d forgotten. It’s worth a bloody fortune.
Lara Croft: I did tell you it was your lucky day.
Pawnbroker Alan: Yes, you did.
Pamela: At it again, are we, Alan?
Pawnbroker Alan: I’m not at it.
[Lara notices the guns in one of the display units and picks up one of the guns]
Pawnbroker Alan: I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but you can’t be too careful these days because the world has gone bloody mad.
Pamela: Yes. Thank you, Alan.
Pamela: What you got there is an HK USP 9 mil extended mag. It’s my personal favorite. You like that?
Lara Croft: I do. I’ll take two.