Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Arriving September 14

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Arriving September 14

However, living in a world of expensively produced video game adventures with robust stories, there's also a peril in staying too close to that source material.

And that's where Tomb Raider comes up empty.

Hard to believe that it's all of 17 years since Angelina Jolie ambled around the cineplexes of the planet as the star of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. She doesn't want to take the reigns of her company as it will hammer the final nail in her father's coffin. "I think that it's also important to see her fail and to see her pick herself and then keep on going". As she's about to do that, she's given a puzzle that leads to clues. It probably ends with taking over the world or something. One harrowing boat ride later and they've smashed into the island and found themselves in the possession of Vogel (Walton Goggins), a mercenary who is trying to get the mummified Himiko off the island.

"[Angelina] made that an iconic role".

Entertainment Weekly: Vikander, who has clearly been put through the brutal pullups-and-jump-squats gauntlet of action-movie bootcamp, is tiny but powerful, an ab-rippling sprite to Jolie's hourglass Amazonian.

Let's get things clear, Lara Croft, living the bicycle courier life in the suburbs of London is a very different origin story for this new Tomb Raider.

And well, that's pretty much it. "Tomb Raider" is thin on substance; Mathias is underdeveloped as a villain while the central mystery involving the Japanese Princess is vague and not all that compelling or elaborate.

With the origin trilogy wrapping up, Pratchett is also looking ahead at what might be next for Lara's adventures. He said the films was "a grimly determined by-the-numbers rehash of the same sort of plots and action moves that animated the first two Lara Croft films back in the early 2000s" that featured supporting characters that were "straight out of 1930s movie serials". The problem is more than how she's able to nearly instantly go from a helpless young woman who is in way over her head to remorselessly plowing through nameless bad guys with a bow and arrow. When he meets Lara Croft for the first time, he gets a little of that hope back. Despite her family being quite wealthy, she has chosen to live rather humbly working as a messenger.

"What was important to me and what I feel is important in any movie, is you have to care about the character", Uthaug said.

Beyond that, her character feels nearly joyless. A lot of Tomb Raider is understandably gray since large portions of the movie take place in caves or tombs, but whenever Lara is out in the jungles or biking through the city the movie gives off lovely bouts of color.

One person commented: "Show me where she's flat chested and not just athletic and well proportioned".

In "Tomb Raider", which has elements of "Indiana Jones", "Batman" and even "Tron: Legacy", but with an angsty young woman at the centre instead of an angsty young man, Alicia Vikander takes a lot of beatings. Alicia Vikander does a good job in the central role as Lara Croft, but the movie feels too messy and bogged down by sloppy visuals to be considered a success. That aforementioned climax will convince viewers that she can be a truly great Lara Croft.

TheWrap: Such a uniquely interesting character deserves more than a run-of-the-mill action franchise, but almost 40 years after Raiders of the Lost Ark, we're still getting pits and spikes, spiders and snakes.

Square Enix's upcoming announcement is fitting, considering that the new "Tomb Raider" flick is about to release in U.S. theatres on March 16 (March 15 in Australia).

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