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Mediocre Early Reviews Taint Tomb Raider Ahead of Premiere Night

The new Tomb Raider reboot attempt will open in theaters worldwide later this week but based on early reviews, it appears that the curse of video game adaptations for the silver screen has yet to be lifted.

The movie, at the time of writing, holds a 52 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is actually an improvement over the earlier 49 percent rating from last night. Regardless, Tomb Raider remains borderline “rotten” as more critics continue to drop their disapproval.

The common consensus has so far bashed the slow and boring build-up of the origin story, which sees Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) making way to a mysterious island in the middle of nowhere to find her missing father (Dominic West) and survive until the end. The fact is that the reboot attempt rehashes several scenes and plot threads from the previous two installments, which remain in our memories thanks to the sensual action-packed portrayal of the beautiful archaeologist by Angelina Jolie.

Vikander herself has been praised by critics left and right for her excellent performance, exhuming absolute determination and tenacious traits that are signature to the character. She has been marked by critics as one of few reasons to endure the screening.

The actress previously stated that she intends to set herself apart from the Lara Croft portrayal of both the games and movies. The early reception pretty much makes it clear that she achieved her goal. The storytelling aspect, though, is another matter.

The new Tomb Raider movie is scheduled to hit theaters worldwide on March 16, 2018. There is still time for the reboot attempt to garner more positive reviews but it is unlikely to sway the mediocrity that has been highlighted by critics so far.

For those unaware, director Roar Uthaug has taken great inspiration from the recent video game installments by Crystal Dynamics. You can head here to confirm just how faithful the movie is to the source materials.