In the Dark: At least sequels offer second chances

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2018)

The first rule of reboot is make it better than the first version. This doesn’t so much break the rule as it ignore the rule. The biggest change from Angelina Jolie’s two features as adventure seeker Lara Croft to this Alicia Vikander version is an obvious shift from sexy to athletic. Vikander has even been taken to task on social media for her androgynous look by gamers and fans of the video game on which these movies are based.

The story is basically the same: Lara’s beloved father, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), has been missing for seven years and presumed dead by everyone except Lara, who will not sign the papers declaring him so, much to the chagrin of Ana Miller (Kristen Scott-Thomas), the person in charge of his huge corporation.

When Lara accidentally discovers what her father was actually on to when he went missing, she sets out to find him. Director Roar Uthaug establishes early on that while Lara might not be the adventurous type, she’s certainly fit enough. She boxes at a gym and bikes around London like she owns the road.

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