Tomb Raider returns to the theaters this week. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father's disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
"A new Tomb Raider game is coming".
It's a choice that keeps the humanity of Lara's character intact - much more so than in the game - which is aided by a stellar performance from Vikander. Choosing what to translate into a film adaptation can be equally tough, but Tomb Raider's specific focus on Lara and the efforts to make her character relatable do wonders for a movie that, to be honest, I didn't have too high hopes for.
Enhanced versions of the first three Lara Croft games will soon be available on Steam, thanks to Realtech VR, the same studio responsible for bringing "Tomb Raider 1" and "Tomb Raider 2" to mobile devices.
The island they're looking for does exist, though it's no longer unpopulated; a wild-eyed prospector named Matthias Vogel (the consistently great Walton Goggins) has been working for years to unearth Himiko's tomb, and not for the forces of light.
In fairness to Vikander, she does a reasonable job of characterising a tough, yet vulnerable, female lead with a complex relationship with her missing father. Seeing as how she is the only one who can stop his plans, this makes not one lick of sense.
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Here, the wonderful Alicia Vikander takes on the Lara Croft mantle, and - typically - gives everything to the role.
But, there are also some differences! She never comes across as having an ounce of sex appeal and, at times, looks like she could be 16. They would not have had to change the script at all.
That being said, after the 15-20 minute mark, Lara doesn't interact with another woman again until the end of the movie. We are often told when we should be shown, or shown a scene that feels like it's skipped a vital moment in a character's emotional transition, in favor of getting to the next action sequence or necessary piece of exposition.
Mara Reinstein over at US Weekly says Vikander has grit but calls the film "skippable".
The movie stumbles right out of the gate, with an awkward exposition dump, but recovers momentarily as we're introduced to our heroine in her natural urban habitat.