What’cha Reading opens the tomb on the new trailer for Tomb Raider with a trailer breakdown!
Tomb Raider is one of my most anticipated movies this 2018. In a year when audiences are getting three Marvel movies – Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and The Wasp, I’m personally looking forward to the more realistic, world based action adventures as opposed to the big budget fantasies. So for every superhero movie, I’m just a little more excited for Tomb Raider and Mission: Impossible 6! While there has been some doubt and uncertainty regarding director Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider as it is a video game adaptation, there has been solid praise for the action elements of the film, calling to mind some of the best practical action movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Casino Royale.
Tomb Raider looks visually different than the previous two films and has a lot of promise to be one of this year’s most fun of action/adventure movies. With two solid trailers, the anticipation for Tomb Raider is high up there. While there is only 2 months left until the film opens, I decided to take a closer look at the trailer, with a quick breakdown of some of the scenes we saw.
Let’s take a look below as we open the tomb on Tomb Raider!
In the new trailer for Tomb Raider, we once again see a Lara Croft that is looking into the mystery of her father. In this new film, Lara’s father is played by Dominic West. It’s a familiar trope as we contended with Lara’s search for her father in the original 2001 film, starring Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight. We also catch a quick glimpse of actress Kristen Scott Thomas, who plays Ana Miller, an associate at Richard Croft’s company, Croft Holdings.
“At some point we have to face up to who we are and who we’re meant to be.” In Tomb Raider, the Lara Croft we meet is 21 and 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. Of course we know she’ll go on to becoming the double gun wielding adventurer we all know and love… and are seeing this movie for. But until then, we get to see her take some punches in a boxing ring and cycle around East London.
“That’s right in the middle of The Devil’s Sea.” We meet Lu Ren, played by Into The Badlands star Daniel Wu. Lu Ren is the ship captain that helps Lara in her adventurous search for her father. He warns Lara that “death is not an adventure” and soon the two of them are stranded on the island Richard Croft is believed to have gone missing on.
“Seven years I’ve been on this island.” There’s been a great amount of mystery regarding the characters and plot of Tomb Raider, most especially in regards to the main villain – Mathias Vogel, played by Walton Goggins. In this new trailer, we learn that Vogel has been trapped on the island for seven years. Why was he on the island? Lara’s father put him there!
“There’s an organization called Trinity.” On the island with Mathias Vogel is an organization called Trinity. Fans may remember this from the 2013 video game reboot. Trinity, as we learn, is an organization looking to cause a global genocide. For reasons unknown, obviously. Does the concept of having Lara Croft go up against an evil organization as she searches for her father remind anyone else of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider? In the original 2001 film, Lara fights Manfred Powell (Iain Glenn) and The Illuminati. It makes me wonder if Tomb Raider was more on the level of Star Wars, would fans be saying that the 2018 film is more of the same in the way that many felt The Force Awakens was just a rehash of A New Hope.
“Really?” One of the particular stand out scenes in Tomb Raider involves Lara hanging off of a crashed plane, making her way onto the wing, and running across it. It may just be a stand out due to that sequence being the first imagery we saw from the film when set pictures leaked sometime last year. But what makes it so impressive to watch visually is that much of it was performed for real with just a little CGI to enhance the scene. And much of it, if not all, was Alicia Vikander herself!
“Open the tomb!” Back from the first trailer released, we saw Lara Croft solving puzzles, tomb raiding, and using equipment she had from the 2013 game. A major element from the games were always puzzle solving and while we’ve seen this play out in films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and the 1999 and 2017 The Mummy, this has always been a fun part of the video games. The trailer for Tomb Raider showcases a real attention to the details of the video game, along with a real effort to capture the story of the 2013 game. While films like Resident Evil and, dare I say, Max Payne were fun, they bared little resemblance to the video games upon which they were based.
The bow and arrow!
The bow and arrow is a major weapon from the 2013 game. It’s actually Lara’s primary weapon as we see the iconic tomb raider stripped of all the weapons and gadgets she’s been known to have. Honing in on “A Survivor is Born,” the game shows Lara as just a young woman trying to survive a very dangerous, and supernatural island. This element has obviously been carried over, much to the chagrin of the die-hard fans.
As of right now, we do not know what Trinity and Vogel (Walton Goggins) are searching for, nor why Richard Croft (Dominic West) disappeared. It’s almost a certainty that we’ll learn this when Tomb Raider opens on March 16th, but until then, your guess is as good as mine. I would not be surprised if we do get a supernatural element to the film, as that has been a part of cinema’s best action/adventure stories. Whatever is discovered in the tomb, we could surmise that Lara Croft has a final confrontation and major fight with Mathias Vogel inside the tomb. We’ve glimpsed this in the BTS featurette released last year.
I’m super excited for Tomb Raider and especially for Alicia Vikander’s performance and the direction and vision of Roar Uthaug. The Norwegian filmmaker is surely going to be on the rise following the release of Tomb Raider this year. The previous two films, most especially the 2001 original, are still quite popular. Angelina Jolie nearly created Lara Croft for the big screen and her performance was defining – it would not surprise me if more people have an awareness of Lara Croft due to the Angelina Jolie films as opposed to the video games. With all that and more, director Roar Uthaug has created a film with its own distinct identity that allows it to exist outside of the shadow of what Simon West, Jan de Bont, and Angelina Jolie had created. Let’s also make mention that Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) is the composer on this so the score is bound to be entertaining and energetic.
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The film follows Lara Croft as she sets out on her first expedition to finish her father’s (Dominic West) research and uncover ancient secrets in order to clear his disgraced name.
MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. The studios acquired the rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd. Graham King is producing.
Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Dominic West. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug, from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Tomb Raider opens March 16, 2018.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)