Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 4K Ultra review by Bobby Blakey
Tomb Raider was a monster hit with video games fans when it debuted in 1996 that spawned numerous sequels, comics and more. In 2001 Lara Croft hit theaters with Angelina Jolie as the titular character in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider that co-starred Jon Voight, Daniel Craig, and Noah Taylor with Con Air and Expendables 2 director Simon West at the helm. Now with the reboot film coming what better time to revisit the original with a new 4K Ultra release for the first time.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider follows Lara Croft, a wealthy British archeologist/tomb raider who tries to thwart a secret society/doomesday cult seeking two pieces of a mysterious device hidden in two different places of the world in order to use it during a rare planetary alignment to bring them unlimited power to control or destroy the world. I was never a big fan of this film when it originally came out and have no revisited it until now so was hoping that some nostalgia would help it to work a lot better now. I admit that I did enjoy the film a lot more this time around, but it is still a mixed bag of good and bad.
Jolie is perfectly cast in the role in regards to look and attitude making you believe the character jumped right out of the game and onto the big screen. The first half of the film is entertaining as a straight forward adventure action flick, but it’s the second half that didn’t work as well. I am fine with all the supernatural aspects, but the effects don’t all hold up all that great and the overall nature of the story gets a bit silly.
Honestly though my review to this film doesn’t really matter at this point as people that love the film will still love it and that is all that really matters. The 4K transfer looks good and will no doubt be a must have for fans wanting an updated version to add to their collection. In addition to the film this feature offers up a ton of bonus content including deleted scenes, commentary, featurettes, a music video and alternate main title sequence.
Join in on the adventure and grab your copy of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider when it hits 4K Ultra HD for the first time on February 27th along with its sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life from Paramount Home Entertainment.