Shadow of the Tomb Raider Trailer Leaked, No Timed Exclusivity

Speaking of the 2013 reboot, that game is the inspiration for the new Tomb Raider movie coming out this weekend starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. From the beginning, Lara Croft was just an interesting and iconic character.

Review: To call "Tomb Raider" the best video game adaptation of all time is arguably damning it with faint praise, as previous entries into that genre have seemingly only ever ranged from the truly underwhelming to the outrageously diabolical. It's from the producers of The Fault in Our Stars (2014), which was a huge hit both commercially and critically.

But it wasn't just the workouts that made the biggest difference on Vikander body.

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.

In 1996 the world was introduced to a scrappy adventurer by the name of Lara Croft. It's also that she's so prone to make bad decisions or throw out any semblance of common sense. She is scrappy and barely getting by on her bike courier service paycheque. She gets hurt and sometimes cries out into pain.

Tomb Raider is an origin story, with an untested Lara chasing a trail left by her vanished father (Dominic West) to an isolated Japanese island in search of the tomb of an empress. That's a word you can apply to more or less the whole movie.

"It was important to us to set her up with some abilities", Uthaug said. Take a look at a sampling of the reviews below to find out whether this is a movie you want to spend your time on. It's the earnestness that she brings to the role that takes you off guard, considering especially the unimpressive screenplay that she's working with. Even Lara doesn't believe in whatever magic her father feared, so what's the harm? There, she encounters some not very nice people who are also trying to unlock the mysteries of the tomb, solves riddles and escapes traps. Early scenes show her training in a gym but not faring so well against an opponent, making her seem a bit more vulnerable.

You know when you read articles about "the industry" and they discuss the degradation and dumbing down of audiences through the modern blockbuster? I think she just has it all. "Stripping down the bombast of the original games (and films) allows Uthaug's reboot to feel comparatively grounded and immediate, without dragging itself down with unnecessary pathos".

Things get off to a very strong start with the opening act, which finds Vikander's Croft as a broke, kickboxing bike courier in east London, living in exactly the sort of run-down Hackney flatshare where you can now find any number of posh English art students doing their best to get by without mum and dad's money.

  • Joey Payne