Friday, September 22, 2017

Tomb Raider Trailer, My Thoughts

Tomb Raider. Since 1996, gamers have enjoyed the adventures of the British archeologist Lara Croft as she investigated various ruins and, well, tombs around the world and helped save the world from various forms of evil.

Like many video game series before, Tomb Raider would also make the leap to live-action film. In 2001, the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider came out, with Angelina Jolie portraying the title character. The film would also get a sequel in 2003: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider-The Cradle of Life. The two films did get negative receptions, but Jolie's performance as Croft was praised. But now with a reboot on the way, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has taken up Croft's crop top and twin handguns/bow-and-arrow. And it has a trailer!

The trailer begins with Lara Croft running through a jungle. She's holding a bow-and-arrow, which has become a weapon associated with her in the recent reboot game series. Lara's gotta move, because she is going to be so late for archery practice. Again. Lara has been having trouble keeping her appointments since getting a Nintendo 3DS for Christmas. She can't put down Link Between Worlds. She probably had an easier time in that third dungeon than I did.

We get a voice over asking who she is, and she says her name is Lara. It turns out to be a secretary at a building that has the family name on it. When he hears her name, he's like, "whut?" Lara should really come by more often.

Lara is in a boardroom, messing with what looks like a bizarre puzzle. There's a flashback of her playing a cube that the Lament Configuration from Hellraiser?! WHY DID HER PARENTS LET HER PLAY WITH THAT?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM?! THEY WERE RICH! THEY COULD AFFORD A REGULAR RUBIK'S CUBE!

Anyway, she gets a key out of the puzzle. She puts it in her father's place in a mausoleum, and discovers he had his own little lab. Yup, Lara. Your dad was Batman. She finds a camera with a recording in it, from her dad, saying if he found this, he must be dead. That or he got lost on the way to Ibiza again.

He explains he found something, a tomb, which Lara has to raid. Get it? The tomb is called the Mother of Death. You know Thanos will want to meet this tomb. He explains a group called Trinity is after the tomb, and Lara has to stop them. Wait, isn't this similar to the first Tomb Raider movie? Angelina Jolie's Lara had to battle a secret society, too.

Lara's on a boat heading to the Devil's Sea. Which is a real place. The boat hits a storm, and Lara takes a mighty leap into the sea...and washes up on an island full of bad guys.

And lots of action sequences, including one where Lara runs across an airplane's wing. Neat.

The final scene of the trailer is her at a gun shop. Hey, Nick Frost! And there's a nice nod to the 1996-era Lara with her choosing a pair of twin guns. Hope she uses those in the movie.

As someone who never really played the games, I have to admit, this looks like it might be a fun movie.

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