A destined franchise-starter headlined by a particularly fierce Alicia Vikander (2016's "Jason Bourne"), 2018's "Tomb Raider" reboot holds substantially more heart and seat-clinging thrills than its Angelina Jolie-starring predecessors, 2001's terminally dull "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and 2003's goofily diverting but forgettable "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider—The Cradle of Life." Directed by Roar Uthaug (2016's "The Wave") and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet & Alastair Siddons, the film—an adaptation of the long-running video game series—takes a standard "Indiana Jones"-esque adventure plot and proceeds to hang upon it a succession of commanding, occasionally stomach-dropping circumstances.
Seven years ago, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) left on a business trip and mysteriously vanished. His daughter, the now-grown Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), has continued to cling to the possibility that he may one day return. When Richard's business partner Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas) tells her she must finally claim her inheritance or risk having it sold off, it is the catalyst for an eye-opening discovery about her father's true adventurous spirit and the dangerous mission which led to his disappearance. It seems he had traveled to the remote Japanese island of Yamatai where Himiko, an ancient queen with the alleged power to control life and death through her very touch, is entombed. Disregarding a recorded message she finds among Richard's belongings urging her to destroy his research lest it fall into the wrong hands, she sets off for Yamatai in hopes of completing the work her father started.
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