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Tomb Raider (2018)

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Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared.

Genre : Action/Adventure
Country : USA/UK

Cast :
Alicia Vikander : Lara Croft
Dominic West : Richard Croft
Walton Goggins : Mathias Vogel

Director :
Roar Uthaug

My opinion on “Tomb Raider”

“Vogel can’t find the tomb without me,
and since I’m dead and…
since you’ve burned the rest of my research,
he will never find it.”

I was actually looking forward to watching this new version of “Tomb Raider“. Not only because I had a lot of fun with the PC game years ago (and amazed by the used graphics in those days). And not because Lara Croft was a hot and good looking video game character. Equipped with a couple of huge boobs, wearing tight hotpants and she used to make those horny little cries whenever she bumped into something. No wonder she had a large male fanbase. But also because I appreciated the film with Angelina Jolie. And at the same time, I was curious how her successor Alicia Vikander would handle it. And to be honest, that was the biggest letdown of the film for me. Not that Vikander acted badly (Good acting isn’t really a requirement when playing a part in Tomb Raider. Right?). She just looked like an innocent teenager who first got slapped around during kickboxing and has fun with a chasing-game on her bike. And before you know it, she’s traveling to Asia to follow a trail that leads her to a place where her father supposedly deceased and turns into some kind of ass-kicking female action-hero.

Let’s talk about boobs …

So they got rid of the sensuality and the over-the-top femininity. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it’s really necessary, of course. But there should be a decent alternative instead. An intriguing and fascinating story, for example. Ultimately it’s a female version of “Indiana Jones“. But this time they’ve removed the facet of humor and replaced it with serious drama. Once Lara and her companion Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) arrive on the island, it’s just Lara who continuously runs, jumps, dives, fights and tries to survive. It wasn’t really exciting. And at certain times it seemed as if Lara possessed superhuman powers. I’m sure Wonder Woman would be jealous.

Don’t sulk Lara … you’re an adventuress.

Perhaps it was intentionally done to present Lara Croft in this film as more serious and humane. For example, there’s this dilemma about her signing some contracts which are important for the continued existence of “Croft Holdings”. Particularly because signing these documents is actually a confirmation that Lara’s father is really dead. Something Lara stubbornly denies since she’s convinced he’s still alive. But is a movie like “Tomb Raider” suitable for using such profoundly human themes? Not for me. I’m not waiting for that when I watch this type of movie. I want adventure and mysticism. A battle for life and death between heroes and “the bad guys”. A trip through jungles and caves full of booby traps and difficult puzzles to solve. And that’s the positive side of this film. The film is crammed with (sometimes slightly exaggerated) action scenes and riddles. And that corresponds to what one could experience in the PC game

 

A film suitable for a relaxing movie night.

Tomb Raider” certainly isn’t bad but didn’t really impress me. This flick is perfect for a relaxing movie night. Even though the character Lara Croft has become immensely popular over the years thanks to the pioneering games from the 90s and the lascivious performance by Angelina Jolie, this film doesn’t succeed in eliciting that same feeling. This shows once again that making a movie of a video game certainly isn’t an easy task.

My rating 6/10
Links : IMDB

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Enter The Fat Dragon | Official Trailer – HD

A cop is assigned to a case of escorting a criminal to Japan while dealing with relationship problems, and his enormous change in appearance as a result of being dumped.

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Action, Comedy

Release Date:

July 21, 2020 (Digital – US)

Director:

Kenji Tanigaki

Cast:

Donnie Yen, Niki Chow, Teresa Mo, Jing Wong, Jessica Jann, Qiunan Lin, Louis Cheung, Naoto Takenaka

Plot Summary:

Fallon Chu (Donnie Yen) is a Hong Kong Police Special Task Force agent. An agile fighter with a high crime detection rate, he’s considered a role-model in the eye of both the police force as well as the public. He gets assigned to a case of escorting a well known criminal to Japan using his experiences and fighting capabilities to keep it safe during the job. Unfortunately, things are not going well in his private life as he has to deal with problems with his fiancee while planning their wedding. After a series of mishaps between them, she suddenly dumps him. Heartbroken he indulges himself in food to relieve his state of shock and loneliness, and in three month’ time his endless intemperance turns him into a 300-pound being.

 

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Gerard Butler Makes His Return In The Sci-fi Disaster Movie – ‘Greenland’

A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity while they battle the increasing panic and lawlessness surrounding them. As the countdown to global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.

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Genre:

Action, Thriller, Sci-fi

Release Date:

August 14, 2020

Director:

Ric Roman Waugh

Cast:

Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Scott Glenn, David Denman, Brandon Quinn, Hayes Mercure, Roger Dale Floyd

Plot Summary:

A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity while they battle the increasing panic and lawlessness surrounding them. As the countdown to global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.

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The King’s Man | Official Trailer #2 – HD

As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.

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Action, Adventure, Comedy

Release Date:

September 18, 2020

Director:

Matthew Vaughn

Cast:

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance, Tom Hollander

Plot Summary:

As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.

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