‘Tomb Raider’ Exceeds Expectations – It’s Absolutely Worth Seeing

David Hookstead | Reporter

I took some time prior to the March Madness games Sunday to catch “Tomb Raider,” and I sure am glad that I did.

The reboot of the series now stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. It’s an excellent casting choice. She faces off against Mathias Vogel, who is played by the always excellent Walton Goggins, to stop the opening of an ancient Japanese tomb.

I’ve been excited for this movie ever since I saw the first previews, but it’s always a bit risky when we’re talking about reboots.

I was recently extremely wrong about “Red Sparrow,” which I also hyped up to no end. There was a very real concern in my mind that I might strike out again. Well, the fans having nothing to worry about because this movie is an awesome adrenaline ride.

Vikander is an absolute badass as Lara Croft. At one point in the film, she drowns a guy in a puddle of mud. A puddle of mud! How cool is that?

It’s also pretty sweet watching Vikander crack some skulls. All too often in Hollywood a narrative of empowered females is pushed, but it’s not always easy to believe. I had no problem believing that Vikander came to bust some heads, kill some bad guys and set a dominating tone. Like I said previously, it was an outstanding casting choice.

I’m not going to spoil anything for all the people eager to see this movie, but let me just say that there are two wild twists at the end of the movie. I think it’s very safe to bet on a sequel coming down the pipeline.

I give “Tomb Raider” a very solid 7.5/10. It’s worth your time to check it out.

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