Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) movie poster

(2001) dir. Simon West

What should one expect from a film adapted from a video game?

Maybe this question shows that my knowledge of video games is a little dated. I know that narratives in some adventure games have gotten very sophisticated, perhaps more well-realized than in a traditional theatrical film.

But this film is essentially Indiana Jones with tits and ass, maybe more fantasy elements, definitely more post-Matrix ass-kicking.

But story? Who needs story?

Well, I think this film could have used some. It was so lacking in depth, so pre-packaged, so unoriginal, that it didn’t do a thing for me.

Maybe, next time, I will play the video game first and ask questions later.

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