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It's been a while since I've seen Angelina Jolie play our favourite Tomb Raider in 2001 with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003 with the Cradle of Life, so like other video game films, when we get a new game which is popular, we almost expect a new film reboot to come out don't we?
I recall watching the first one over and over again in college, so if I'm honest I got pretty sick of it, why we watched it so many times I can't even recall anymore.
Don't get me wrong I actually thought Angelina's portrayal was good for the time, albeit cheesy as a whole after watching some clips again, but Jolie had the look, style and done a pretty good job on the English accent being from America.
So what can we expect to see from our Swedish actress Alicia Vikander? Well from the looks of the trailer we're expecting a much more serious tone, we see Lara returning from somewhere, I assume University which I believe is what happened at the beginning of the first rebooted game, to find that her father has passed away.
From there she delves into her fathers research and is made aware by a recording of her father that he had found a tomb called Mother of Death, here we then see the group called Trinity of whom are trying to get to its hidden secrets, finding those secrets would then put the world in danger, so it is up to Lara to stop them and close the tomb for good.
The Elements We Can See from the Games
With every game film adaptation we see, we would expect features to be in there that are associated with said game. Resident Evil had zombies, Nemesis, Wesker, Jill Valentine etc. Doom had Mars, UAC and the BFG, they can trail away from their original source material, such as with Doom, they didn't use demons from hell, it uses a species which have extra chromosomes whereby some adapt to it and others change into monsters.
From what I can see from the Tomb Raider trailer, we have elements from the remade games, we of course have the puzzles which seem to be quite apparent with the hidden key in the puzzle shown above. We have the dangerous traps in the tomb. We hear the familiar name of the group called Trinity in the Rise of the Tomb Raider, the bow and arrow, the outfit, the falls in rivers, the dual wield guns, which is more of a nod to the original Tomb Raider I'd say. The Devils Sea which hosted the location of Yamatai from the first game. The ice pick that is used to stab and grab onto ledges, so on and so fourth, there's loads and it all seems to of been put in quite nicely.
An Idea of What to Expect from Our New Tomb Raider
After having a little dig into what Alicia has done on the screen, it seems as though she has an extensive list of awards. Alicia has been nominated for 55 awards and has won 52 so I'd like to think it gives a good picture to what we can expect.
To give an idea of the talent she possesses, she has under her belt the win for:
- The Danish Girl (2015)
- Ex Machina (2014)
- Testament of Youth (2014)
- The Danish Girl (2015)
For a full list of awards please look to her IMDB page below:
So with a look at those awards I think we can expect a great performance, I need to watch Ex-Machina as well but never got around to it. With her being the leading role of one of the most influential video game heroines, I think it is worth giving it a watch to see her in action.
The Rest of the Cast
I had to add the above image, I've never been great with names anyway so I always have a browse through IMDB to see who's who and what they've been in, low and behold the bad guy of the new Tomb Raider was the transgender prostitute from the great Sons of Anarchy, props to him on that role, he played it beautifully!
Other than that, I haven't seen much else that he's been in, I can see that he will be playing a role in the new Maze Runner film which I'm quite excited about and Ant-Man and Wasp, so shall be looking out for him in those as well as Tomb Raider of course.
Next we have Dominic West, I recognise some of his work such as 300 and Johnny English, it seems he is best known for The Wire but that hasn't been something I've seen. Do I need to watch that as well? Shall have to see.
From what I can see, we have a decent cast in this reboot of Tomb Raider and will be great to see them all on the big screen. If you would like a full list of the cast please look below:
How do I think the film will turn out?
We all know the curse of video games becoming films, they usually flop, whilst I actually have a fond love for a few, a couple of my favourites being Doom and the Resident Evil series (which yes I've already named), granted the latter has slumped a fair bit since the second one and I haven't seen the latest one as of yet. The first Tomb Raider wasn't exactly bad but as I said near the beginning of the post it was cheesy, it didn't feel "real," I mean flips onto columns, swinging from ribbons to a chandelier to then head tilt and all that are cool but it isn't realistic, it doesn't feel serious like I think Tomb Raider needs to be.
I'd imagine I'll enjoy this reboot though, it has the right level of seriousness, that dark undertone and still has all the elements of how the games are so great. I just prey that what we see in the trailer translates just as well onto the silver screen and aren't fooled by the "best bits" that seem quite notorious for film trailers.
I say congratulations to Alicia for getting the role, I hope she plays Lara justice of which I'm sure she will!
Thanks for reading and I hope this brought a little incite as to what we can expect for Tomb Raider, I look forward to its release on the 16th of March 2018 (UK).
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