A lot more theatrical and surreal than I'd expected! 👍🏼
As much as I should (and mostly do) dislike this film, I find myself returning to it time and again, probably drawn in by more than my fascination for Tony Scott's lurid high-contrast aesthetics or yet another powerful but one-dimensional Denzel Washington performance. The whole thing is politically, ideologically, and in most other ways impossible to defend, and yet it has the powerful taste of good, slippery pulp fiction, its many overblown idiocies adding to rather than detracting from its strength as a film. Moth, meet flame.
A weird and probably misguided attempt to bootstrap a new franchise, which they should have named Lara Croft Begins. Vikander pulls out all the stops with an almost comically emotive performance, which sadly remains trapped inside an otherwise totally generic 1990s action-adventure movie. I mean, if you're going to do a "realistic" Tomb Raider movie, WHY CAST WALTON GOGGINS AS THE VILLAIN? He doesn't even get to chew the scenery even once.
At least it will piss of those pathetic male gamers who would claim sole ownership of mediocre but kind of sympathetic stuff like this.