For many of us who are computer game players, Tomb Raider and its sequels were some of the most important gaming experiences we had when growing up. The games have sold over 58 million copies worldwide and are held aloft as being one of the pioneers of the action-adventure genre. And of course Lara Croft herself has become one of the most recognisable video game icons of all time, pioneering female characters in computer games, breaking records, and winning many awards.
But Tomb Raider’s move to the silver screen has a been a fairly rocky one thus far. ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ was released in 2001, and received mainly negative reviews for its uninteresting action sequences and bland plot, although to be fair to Angelina Jolie, she was praised for her performance in the role of Miss Croft. ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’ (what a mouthful!) was released in 2003, and the response was again fairly negative, but whilst some thought it an improvement on the original, it didn’t repeat its financial success and no more films were made. Until now….
This new film, simply called ‘Tomb Raider’, is due for release in early 2018 and stars Alicia Vikander in the role of Lara Croft. As well as Vikdander, who won an Oscar for her performance in ‘The Danish Girl’, the film will also star Walton Goggins, Dominic West and Daniel Wu. It is being directed by Roar Uthaug, a Norwegian filmmaker, and has been written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
Like the 2013 computer game re-boot of the same name (and its sequel ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’), this new film looks to explore the origins of Miss Croft, allowing us to discover how a ‘women without any real focus or purpose’ becomes an adventurous raider of tombs. Below is the full synopsis…
‘Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death…’
‘…Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.’
What do you think about this synopsis? Are you looking forward to the new film? Are you a fan of the versions starring Angelina Jolie? Or would you just rather that it be left as a series of computer games?