When the first trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider movie debuted in September, I was hesitant to get excited about the movie. With the second trailer out, though, I’m starting to get my hopes up, if just a little bit.
The story fueling the movie seems to be cherry-picking bits of the 2013 Tomb Raider game and its 2015 sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. The movie has our young explorer traveling to an island near Japan that has a Bermuda Triangle-like reputation with ships wrecking when near it more often than not. When she ends up on the island – post shipwreck – she finds an organization called Trinity hellbent on global genocide (what else?).
Visually, the trailer could almost be a direct lift from the games. Lara’s dressed right and Alicia Vikander looks very much the part of our intrepid burial bandit. And just about every shot in the latter half of the trailer has her getting the crap kicked out of her just as Lara does in the games.
I’m still concerned. Video game movies are, more often than not, real bad. When we’re lucky, they get as far up as barely acceptable. The chief talent on the movie doesn’t leave me very enthused, either. Star Alicia Vikander is a great choice of Lara, and Walter Goggins is always fun to watch.
Director Roar Uthaug is inexperienced as far as big-scale movies go, though, and writers Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons are pretty inexperienced. Robertson-Dworet has her name on Captain Marvel, Dungeons & Dragons, Gotham City Sirens, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armed Strike Kommand, and Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, so she must be turning a lot of heads, but whether or not her screenplays end up as good movies is still unproven.
Here’s the full synopsis for the film, straight from the studio:
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
Tomb Raider hits theaters March 16, 2018.
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