Adventure Movies possibly cover the widest gamut in the range of modern Hollywood Blockbusters released every week. Every film showcasing a hero like figure overcoming obstacles in an outlandish setting quickly transcends into the ‘adventure’ category. For that reason perhaps, adventure is almost a common precedent for action, fantasy, sci-fi and even survival flicks. In simpler terms, it isn’t a line along which this distinction stands, it’s a whole wide band of greys. A lot of the obvious choices you must have felt should be a part of the list but aren’t didn’t make it on account of this distinction in their primary genre as a purely action or fantasy film.
However, despite that — and even because of that in a lot of ways — adventure movies have one of the widest viewership numbers across the globe and inadvertently appeal to a larger range of age groups. This list intends to celebrate such movies. These are films that awaken a sense of adventure in the viewer himself, or create equally immersive environments for the viewer to engage his flights of fancy. From sprawling gorgeous locations on the face of this Earth, to surreally reimagined locations to even virtual reality, these films are sure to leave you with a sense of longing awe. So, without further ado, here is the list of top adventure movies of 2018. The list includes best action adventure movies, best sci-fi adventure movies, best fantasy adventure movies and even best family adventure movies.
10. Tomb Raider
‘Tomb Raider’, the cinematic reboot of the character earlier played by Angelina Jolie in a pair of films joins the long list of poorly received films based on video games. At this point, it just seems like an unliftable curse and filmmakers cannot seem to translate to film what is simply great about the video games. Perhaps, the realm of video games exists to fulfill parts of the human flights of fantasy that movies possibly can’t, and any attempt to do so should prove futile any which way.
However, that is a discussion for another day. About the latest cinematic retelling of Lara Croft’s origin tale, I can’t say that I fully support the makers’ decision to make a character like ‘Lara Croft’ grounded and more ‘human’, which is in direct contrast with the videogames, wherein she is definitely tougher and more grunge, and her skills with weapons, especially the bow and arrow, are superhuman to say the least. Here, she is punched, beaten, and brought down in unspectacular fashion multiple times, and although she does rise up to give it back by the end, you can’t help but feel a disconnect from her video game persona. Despite the major shortcoming of the film, Alicia Vikander’s performance is consistently good and she works with what she is given. Some of the action sequences with the vine slinging, archery and the occasional hand to hand are nicely done too. The final word would be that you are bound to enjoy the film to a much greater extent than you would if you can’t let go of its videogame legacy.
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