By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Director(s): Trevor Addie
Writer(s): Trevor Addie, Irma Leong
Producer(s): Irma Leong, Trevor Addie, Stirling Bancroft & Elad Tzadok
Cast: Cassandra Ebner, Liam Carter, Devyn Dalton, Nickolas Baric, Shaw Madson & Brad Friesen
Croft is one of those fan films that can and will surprise you. It’s not the acting that will wow you (although it is decent) and it’s not the beautiful filming locations (the woods of British Columbia), no, what will take your breath away is the tight writing and the amazing fight choreography.
I completely agree with what another reviewer wrote, this film has a grittier feel to it especially when compared to the polished Hollywood production, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie. Much of this film’s action sequences owes itself to fight choreographers Andrew Chin, Brian Ho and Trevor Addie. The fight sequences are anything but clean. You’ll find no high-flying acrobatics or dodging of bullets ala Matrix. The fighting is dirty and desperate. The ferocity with which the main character brings when attempting to rescue her friends from the villains adds a level of excitement usually reserved for films like The Expendables. But if I had an option between Ebner and Stallone, I would much rather watch Cassandra Ebner in tight shorts. Sylvester just doesn’t have the legs for it.