TOMB RAIDER 4K/BLU RAY REVIEW (WARNER BROS)

Tomb Raider is a 2018 action-adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug (Cold Prey, Magic Silver, Escape, & The Wave). This is a reboot of the franchise previously starring Angelina Jolie from 2001 & 2003. It’s based off the 1996 video game but the plot comes from a 2013 release from the popular series. GK Films first acquired the rights to make the film in 2011. Junkie XL left Justice League to work on music for the film. After the the disappearance of her father Richard Croft (played by: Dominic West from The Wire, 300, Hannibal Rising, & Punisher: War Zone). Lara Croft (played by: Alicia Vikander from Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, The Fifth Estate, & The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is training to be a fighter & has a job as a bike courier. She’s going no where in life. She gets arrested & gets bailed out by her father’s business associate Ana Miller (played by: Kristin Scott Thomas from Only God Forgives, Darkest Hour, The English Patient, & Mission: Impossible). She warns her if she does not claim her inheritance that the family estate will be sold off. She finds a clue left by her father which leads her to go to Hong Kong. She is desperate for some quick cash so she pawns off a family heirloom to Max (played by: Nick Frost from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, & Paul). She is looking for Lu Ren (played by: Daniel Wu from Into the Badlands, The Man with the Iron Fists, Warcraft, & Geostorm) & hires him as her captain to take her to the destination. The ship crashes during a dangerous storm & she is revived by Mathias Vogel (played by: Walton Goggins from House of 1000 Corpses, The Shield, Justified, The Hateful Eight, & Django Unchained). He was the last person she wanted to run into & now he has all her father’s information on where to find the desired tomb. She manages to escape his camp & finds some help she didn’t expect! Now she has to stop these corrupt men from unleashing the curse that’s been buried for a long now. Did she make a mistake going all the way out here? or Was it her destiny all along?

I thought this new vision of Tomb Raider went into the right direction for the franchise. It was less cartoon & over the top this time. It felt more real than the other films. It had a darker vibe to it which I really enjoyed. I honestly took Alicia Vikander more serious as the Lara Croft character. Walton Goggins was great like always as the villain in this. The supporting cast of Daniel Wu, Dominic West, & Kristin Scott Thomas all brought something to the table in this. It’s a well rounded group of actors that made the script that much better when it was delivered. It was also really cool to see Nick Frost in a cameo for this. He was hilarious in his small role. Director Roar Uthaug really provided a fresh approach to this familiar universe & I think it pays off at the end. It had a nice pace to it & it’s full of action. Plus it has some nice twists & turns to keep you on your toes. I hope they continue making these Tomb Raider films like this. It’s worth checking out!

Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from this release from Warner Bros! This 2160p (2.40:1) 4K transfer with Dolby Vision & HDR10 looks beautiful on the screen! It brings out every possible detail & enhances all the locations used in this production. The main audio track is the English Dolby Atmos (7.1 TrueHD) & it matches the excellent picture quality with top notch sound! The Junkie XL score sounds great on this. The action & suspense moments really roar out of your home system which makes it more entertaining while enjoying it in your own comfort zone. It also includes these additional audio options English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French : Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, & English: Dolby Digital 5.1! It has subtitles for English SDH, French, Portuguese, & Spanish.

Let’s discuss the special features on the blu ray disc from Warner Bros, there’s none on the actual 4K. You get various trailers for either upcoming or current films from WB before the film starts. “Tomb Raider: Uncovered” is 7 minutes, it features various cast & crew members. The director chats about being inspired by the new gritty Lara in the recent video games. Everyone talks about doing a different take on the beloved series. They bring up Alicia Vikander becoming Lara Croft & what she brings to the film. They discuss the action in the production. “Croft Training” is 6 minutes & it has interviews with various members of the crew including the star Alicia Vikander. It shows behind the scenes & training sessions with the actress. It goes through her process of preparing for the character. It shows you several actions scenes from the feature. “Breaking Down the Rapids” is a little over 5 minutes. It has interviews with various members of the crew including Lara Croft herself Alicia Vikander. It shows you how they made the scene. It goes over the stunts used in it. It’s a pretty cool inside look into making this crazy sequence in the film.  “Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon” is almost 10 minutes. It features star Alicia Vikander, director Roar Uthaug, actor Dominic West, & a few fans. They all show their appreciation for the classic video game character. They talk about their experiences with the series. They go into the universe & bring up different versions of the game. You can tell these people are passionate about Tomb Raider & the adventures of Lara Croft. This release looks & sounds great, I really liked the direction that they took the franchise with this. I highly recommend picking this up this Tuesday when it’s available everywhere!!!!