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Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now 21, and working as a London bike courier, Lara is driven to solve the puzzle of her father’s mysterious death. Leaving behind everything she knows, she searches for her father’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.

tombraider4kuhdStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2018
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Run time: 135 mins
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby Atmos mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 4KBD/1 BD
Region: A

Videogame adaptations are always a tricky exercise and Tomb Raider takes a double toll considering how Lara’s character has drastically evolved in the most recent iterations of the game. Old fans will not recognize here the character (and body shape, hum hum) of the Lara they played in the 2000’s. Young fans will of course be disappointed that the script of the movie didn’t follow minute by minute the – quite cinematic – scenario of the game from which it derives.

Technically, the movie is enjoyable. Cinematography is reasonably good for an action-adventure flick. The soundtrack is unfortunately pretty absent, and the script is totally uninspired. Too bad for a movie that derives from a version of the video game that was a reboot and (much better) origin story.

As a long time gamer who also played the modern games, I was reasonably satisfied however, mostly by the acting. The British cast is funny and to the point. Vikander is both charming and tough enough. She’s really solid in the role and I hope there will be a sequel.

Movie Content: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. “Tomb Raider” encompasses both dark and light atmosphere in content as it does on print. Warner did a fantastic job with bringing the world of “Tomb Raider” to life. I’ve played every single game in the series and this was a total spectacle from start to finish from the mansion all the way to the chase in the jungle. I found colors to be strong throughout the entire presentation. Colors are strong especially with the addition of HDR. The colors green and browns do take center stage. Blacks are deep, especially in the darker looking scenes. Fleshtones have a natural look and feel to them. Details are excellent throughout holding a very strong look and feel. There is no print damage either which is fantastic.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio mix is presented in Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix. “Tomb Raider” has a nice mix between actions and dialogue driven scenes throughout. When there is transition from dialogue to actions scenes it is a seamless transition fitting so well. This is a nice sound mix as one would expect during the action sequences. I felt several times that I was in the middle of some of the action in my living room that the sound was that good. Dialogue is centered properly through the center channel providing a nice deep clarity.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Tomb Raider: Uncovered [HD]
  • Croft Training [HD]
  • Breaking Down the Rapids [HD]
  • Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon [HD]
  • Introductory Trailers

Special Features: 7/10

The Final Word

Most video game movies lack character development, but this movie pulls it off amazingly well. I really do hope if there is a sequel that they build upon this here to remove some of the negatives of the film and make a totally awesome summer blockbuster.
Overall Rating: 8/10