Writer: Nick Zephyrin (Screenplay)
Starring: Gina Vitori, Andrew J Katers, Samantha Bowling, Evan Sloan, Shawn McConnell, Lindsay Sawyer, Val Victa
Plot: Archaeologist, Alabama Channing, is recruited by a mysterious billionaire to help find an ancient Chinese relic. The same treasure that her mother was in search of before she went missing.
Tagline – Archaeology just got badass!
Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Asylum We Get You
Story: Tomb Invader starts as we meet tomb invader (tomb raider is copyright) Alabama ‘Ally’ Channing (Vitori) whose mother went missing when she was younger and away from the tomb invading she works in the university, after getting a phone call from billionaire Tim Parker (Sloan) she gets invited to China, join by friends Helena (Bowling) and Bennie (McConnell).
Needing to work with an enemy in the field Nathan (Katers) to finish her mother’s work, giving her a chance to learn what happened to her mother. Along the way they meet obstacles which put our characters lives in danger.
Thoughts on Tomb Invader
Characters – Alabama Channing is the tomb invader, she has been finding treasures for years now following in her mother’s footsteps. She is great in combat and can solve the clues with this latest quest given her the answers she has been looking for. Nathan is the rival explorer, who has a reputation for doing this for money and is clearly named Nathan after the Uncharted games series. Helena is a friend joining Ally on the quest, she doesn’t do much else and Tim Parker is financing the project.
Performances – When it comes to the performances Gina Vitori is good for the most part because she can handle the combat well. The rest of the cast could easily be changed even if Andrew Katers acts just like Chris Evans.
Story – The story follows a young tomb raider (yes, I called her this because invader sounds stupid) who goes on her latest quest which will give her answers about her long-lost mother. There is a loose side story with the team having different ideas of what treasure hunting is, but if you must pick between the two films story, Tomb Raider or Tomb Invader, Tomb Raider is head and soldiers above on story telling.
Action/Adventure – The action is very basic combat and trap dodging which is what we would be expecting from a treasure hunting movie as the character do go on a routine adventure of life and death.
Settings – The settings put us in random forest that leads to temple, they are what we need from this style of movie without being anything stand out.
Special Effects – Most of the effects are not the best because we know the budget of the movie and the company producing it don’t spend big on the effects.
Final Thoughts – This is a basic made for low budget tomb raider movie with a different name, we get basic action, adventure which should have stayed on the television setting we see.
Overall: Basic adventure film.