We are picking up some steam in June with a great selection this week starting with Tomb Raider. Alicia Vikander steps into the iconic video game role of Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was young. Now a strong and independent 21-year-old, Lara takes on a dangerous mission to a fabled island off the coast of Japan where her father was last seen. Lara will face her greatest challenges as she searches, along with a new friend Captain Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), for a mythical tomb and goes up against the ruthless Trinity organization.
Directed by Norwegian Roar Uthaug, whose last film, The Wave, from 2015 is highly recommended, Tomb Raider is a rollicking action adventure and a promising movie reboot of the legendary video game heroine. Vikander is superb in the role and brings a real human angle to Croft. This is no superhero, despite performing great feats Croft gets her share of cuts and bruises in doing so. Vikander brings a tough but vulnerable touch to the character making her much more relatable than the previous Angelina Jolie incarnation. The addition of Into the Badland’s Daniel Wu as Croft’s cohort and the imitable Walton Goggins as the main nemesis only takes things up a notch making Tomb Raider a great old fashioned adventure flick that shows much promise for future franchise entries.
Next up is the new horror sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night. Mike and Cindy (Martin Henderson and Christina Hendricks), their son Luke (Lewis Pullman), and their rebellious daughter, Kinsey (Bailee Madison), take a family trip to a relative’s trailer park only to arrive and find it deserted. Deciding to stay the night before heading back out, the family is terrorized by three masked strangers’ intent on torturing and killing them all one by one.
The first Strangers film was a brilliant exercise in home invasion terror and while many aspects of this sequel still work well, mainly the terrifying images of the three killers, it does seem somewhat typical and by the book this time around. There really are no surprises or revelations in store but it is a fun 85 minute thrill ride chase movie that will provide many jump scares and will ensure you double check your locks the night after watching.
Lastly this week is a new genre mash-up movie, The Hurricane Heist. A team of high tech hackers led by Perkins (Ralph Ineson) is planning to steal over $600 million in old currency slated for destruction by the U.S. Treasury. But when a Category 5 hurricane bears down on their location, and two brothers Will (Toby Kebbell) and Breeze (Ryan Kwanten), inadvertently get in their way, this heist becomes even more complicated than Perkins could ever have imagined.
While The Hurricane Heist doesn’t really break any new ground with their genre mash-up, and also never really top either genre on their own be it the disaster movie or the heist movie, it still manages to be a fun action flick with some pretty cool effects and a couple of story twists that keep things interesting. Perhaps in the hands of a disaster master like Roland Emmerich The Hurricane Heist may have achieved its lofty goals, but as it stands it is a fun timewaster you probably won’t remember a week later.
Also of note this week is a new special feature laden Collector’s Edition of the crazy 80s cult classic Ninja III: The Domination, the new Pierce Brosnan/Guy Pearce thriller Spinning Man and Orange is the New Black: Season Five.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday June 12, 2018
Abominable – MVD Rewind Collection*
Akio Jissôji: The Buddhist Trilogy*
An Ordinary Man
Ancient Aliens: 10th Anniversary Gift Set
Body of Deceit
Body of Evidence*
Channel Zero: Butcher's Block - Season Three
Curse of the Puppet Master
Darkest Hour 4K
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman – The Complete Series
Forrest Gump 4K
I Called Him Morgan
I Can Only Imagine
Jack Ryan 5 Movie Collection
Jack the Giant Killer*
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris*
Jerry Lewis 10 Film Collection*
King of Hearts*
Let Me Down Hard
Lionheart – MVD Rewind Collection*
Manila in the Claws of Light* - Criterion Collection
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Nightman: The Complete Collection
Ninja III: The Domination – Collector’s Edition
One Day at a Time: Season Three
Orange is the New Black: Season Five
Paul, Apostle of Christ
Peter Pan: Signature Collection
Portlandia: Season 8
Power: Season Four
Southwest Of Salem: The Story of The San Antonio Four
Stephen King TV and Film Collection
Suits: Season Seven
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Complete Classic Series Collection
Terminator Genisys 4K
The Big Country – 60th Anniversary Edition*
The Curse of the Cat People*
The Darkman Trilogy
The Devil’s Carnival
The Hurricane Heist
The Jurassic Dead
The Late Great Planet Earth*
The Strangers: Prey at Night
Trading Places 35th Anniversary Edition
Voltron: Legendary Defender - Seasons 1 & 2
Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan
Will & Grace (The Revival): Season One
WWE: Randy Savage Unreleased: The Unseen Matches of The Macho Man
*Catalog Blu-ray debut