If you've come here to read me bash on another crappy video game movie, I'm sorry to disappoint both you and myself from a few days ago. Tomb Raider may have finally broken the age-old tradition by giving viewers something they might actually enjoy.

It's a real movie for one thing - with a plot you can follow and characters played by actors who can actually act.

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Roughly based on the 2013 reboot of the classic female Uncharted predecessor, Tomb Raider follows a young Lara Croft as she sets out to find her missing and presumably-dead father. After conveniently solving a puzzle after a few random twists, Lara finds there is more to her father's disappearance than his wanting to be a deadbeat dad.

Alicia Vikander plays Lara Croft (all the promotional material pretty much screams that Angelina Jolie is no more), and she does a pretty good job of playing a vulnerable killer of endangered species (not that she shoots Bengal tigers in this film). She's cocksure and overconfident, but once she falls into situations out of her control, she isn't afraid to show pangs of panic and desperation.

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Alongside her are a handful of characters who seem familiar yet are memorable nonetheless. Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) is Lara's closest companion and feels right at home in an upcoming Tomb Raider title. His quick thinking and level-headedness helps keep the inexperienced Lara in check, but his humor and willingness to see the adventure through with her bring them closer than any half-baked romance plot (there isn't one, in case you were wondering).

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Another important character comes in the form of Richard Croft, Lara's father who is played by Dominic West. Seeing how important he is to the overall narrative, West's scenes portray Richard as a caring father, yet one willing enough to let his daughter make her own decisions. Long story short, you'll end up wishing he was your dad.

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And then there's the big bad, Mathias Vogel, who is played by Walton Goggins and has a name you would find in a bible. Mathias, along with his band of buff muscle men, are Square Enix's unintentional nod to the series. They're as one-dimensional as can be and serve as nothing more than obstacles Lara has to overcome in order to solve the mystery of the island they are marooned on.

Even though Mathias himself tries to play the sob story by telling you about his family back home, the fact that he kills captured fishermen without so much as a monologue won't make him Father of The Year anytime soon.

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Speaking of that island I mentioned, Tomb Raider sure takes its sweet time getting to the tomb raiding. It goes through some exposition of Lara's past, explains why she isn't the richy-rich pants she was when she was a kid, and has her traveling to Hong Kong to meet with Lu Ren.

This isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination. On the contrary, it lets the audience get a better grasp on Lara's situation as well as her abilities. I'm just saying it might throw off viewers who would want to watch the film for its namesake.

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When they finally do reach the island, things pick up fast. Lara climbs, falls, gets injured, and solves puzzles with an almost nonstop beat. Casual moviegoers will enjoy the ride for sure, but it's the fans of the series who will get a real kick out of it. The aforementioned generic grunts give Lara a chance to show off both her combat skills and stealth prowess, making you wish you were in control of her instead of Alicia Vikander accidentally getting spotted by generic bad guy #31. It doesn't deliver a compelling explanation as to how Lara suddenly turns from timid adventurer to genocidal maniac, but it doesn't overindulge in the violence to make it seem you're watching someone play a video game.

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These bursts of violence are connected by puzzles, platforming, and exposition between the characters. It's great how, unlike in the games, Lara actually interacts with the people around her and isn't lost in thought while solving the world's oldest Rubik's cube.

Even the occult, which Tomb Raider games do a very poor job of explaining, is handled really well in the context of the 21st century. I won't spoil it, but the film feels a lot less fiction-y than any of the Indiana Jones movies, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull included.

Watching this movie was a surprise; mostly because I thought Prince of Persia was the closest we would ever get to a decent video game movie. It does nothing new in terms of storytelling, but considering its competition, Tomb Raider may actually be the best video game adaptation to date... 

...that is, if you discount the horrible cheeky final sequence.

About the author: Carlos Zotomayor

Zoto can see your underpants. Mmm... tasteful.

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