– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Much has been said about the eventual rise of video game adaptations. Last year, we saw the release of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, two films that had the promise to really usher in a comic book movie-like tidal wave. Instead, both films fell flat. This year saw the release of Castlevania on Netflix, and while the series is likely the strongest example of a video game adaptation, it is slightly less accessible to the mainstream as an adult animation.

Probably the next biggest video game film set to hit theaters is Tomb Raider. Film fans will recall the original two films that hit theaters in the early 2000s starring Angelina Jolie. While those films were okay, they definitely captured more of a campy vision of the character, one who wore her sex appeal on her sleeve.

For this latest interpretation of Tomb Raider, starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander in the title role, filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is taking his inspiration from the more recent video game reboot. With this take, gone is the over-sexualization of the character, and in its place is heavy doses of naïveté mixed in with true grit. It’s a recipe that is more likely to appeal to today’s modern sensibilities, and like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed before it, has the potential to really take off with the mainstream.

The last trailer seems to bring some real promise, but it’s not without its flaws. For a film that’s based on the more grounded video game reboot, it does seem to have one too many long jumps in it (especially the one where she jumps off the boat). Yes, these jumps do have the capability of implying a cool adventure, it does sort of take away from the idea that Lara Croft is still at the beginning stages of her career, and that she isn’t superhuman. Also, it doesn’t help that it just looks super cheesy. With a property like this, you have an opportunity to really ground it in reality, but with this trailer, it looks to be just a bit too Hollywood for us.

The official synopsis for Tomb Raider is below:

“Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.”

All in all, this new trailer doesn’t seem like a bad effort from Warner Bros., but it does seem to be more of a mixed bag than I’d like from a video game film in this day and age. Had this come out last year, I may be more inclined to be excited, but I’ve been burnt far too many times to get too excited yet.

Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do you think of this trailer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018.

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SOURCE: Warner Bros.

  • TheOct8pus

    This doesn’t look good….reminds me of the Tom Cruise Mummy with a less charismatic protagonist….

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Ooh, you and Rez and going to bump heads.

  • Rez

    It don’t look too bad but it still looks alot better than the Mummy with lil tommy.

  • Moby85

    Actually I liked the trailer. Looks pretty good and I think I’ll see it in theaters for sure. Alicia Vikander is still sexy, boob size or not. My concern is it did seem to rely on “average” CGI in too many shots.

  • Kronx

    My guess is this is going to be mediocre at best.

    This kind of movie needs two things good action and good mystery. Well, they’ve already ruined the mystery part by detailing most of the paper-thin plot in the trailer.

    Secret organization wants to rule the world and Lara can save us all by solving a puzzle and closing the tomb. And her dad was likely killed by Kristin Scott Thomas because she’s too famous to only be in that initial board scene.

    The action seems like typical CGI-fare which weighs down most modern action films. The sinking boat looked fake. The airplane wing looked fake. Lara leaping 20 feet off a boat in a storm… sure, why not.

    Maybe it’s just a bad trailer. I’m not writing it off yet, but I don’t have high hopes.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      That’s pretty much where I stand. I’m hoping for the best, but it hasn’t sold me yet.

      • Kronx

        To be fair, I rewatched the theatrical trailer for Raiders of the Lost Ark, not exactly amazing either. Lots of exposition, not a lot of the Indy charm.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I never played the games.
    I saw the first two movies because Angelina Jolie was hot and didn’t have a billion kids at the time.
    This looks meh. I will add it to my Netflix DVD queue.

  • BlackManINC

    If this is based on the remakes, then I’m not really sold. For one, the games were rated M for mature audiences, yet this movie look’s to be rated PG-13 at best. This is the main reason why many aren’t exactly excited for it, because it just doesn’t seem to take itself as seriously as the games, with the cliched comic relief characters and all.

  • RadicalAgnostic

    Looks ok. Just got through with the first game on a replay.

  • Saranac

    Needs wolves….

  • Victor Roa

    lets hope Corey Balrog isn’t involved, ugh, those animation on that game, just vomited in my mouth.

  • Claudio

    “the whole humanity is in danger blablabla” – and my interest in the film went instantly to zero.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.