UPDATE: The Trailer's Here! See it above!
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As for us, well, it's undoubtedly faithful to Crystal Dynamics' first grittier Tomb Raider, with Lara chasing her father's folly and getting into all manner of trouble, but... it's lacking the edge that made the game memorable, like Lara getting impaled on various things and being actually scared or showing emotion at various points. There's no indication of why we should care about her quest, or why this weird Trinity group getting to this tomb would be a bad thing.
It just seemed to be 90% Lara jumping at things, which we guess is accurate to the game but hardly makes for an exciting film. Nick Frost's cameo at the end brought some welcome humour the very dour trailer, but he doesn't seem to be a main character. Instead the rest of the trailer is not-that-exciting things happening, jumping, and at least one scene taken directly from Batman Begins.
Oh, and they actually used the line "THE FATE OF HUMANITY IS IN YOUR HANDS". Sheesh.
There's also another video out where Alicia Vikander talks about becoming Lara Croft. Here, have that too...
There's a new Tomb Raider movie with a release date of March 2018, based on the Crystal Dynamics prequel game, and now we've got the first poster and a teaser for the first movie trailer, which itself is due tomorrow. Check out both below!
The movie is directed by mostly-unknown Norwegian film director Roar Uthaug and stars Swedish actor Alicia Vikander as the young Lara Croft. Vikander has starred in movies such as Ex_Machina, Jason Bourne and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Here's the stylish poster for a start:
It has to be said, she does totally look like young Lara Croft from the first Crystal Dynamics prequel Tomb Raider, which movie is based on. The trailer's due tomorrow but we've had a sneak peek via Twitter already.
It's certainly looking authentic, although whether that'll be enough to break the Videogame Movie Curse is another matter. When the best videogame movie adaptation is Silent Hill or Resident Evil you begin to wonder what the heck's going on, especially when compared to dire movies such as Doom, Far Cry, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Hitman, Max Payne or, er, Tomb Raider.
The last Tomb Raider movie, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, was released in 2003 starring Angelina Jolie, one of the few videogame movie adaptations to do well enough to get a sequel, hence why Hollywood wants to try the franchise again. The most successful videogame movie series (purely in box office terms, not critical) is the Resident Evil franchise starring Milla Jovovich, boasting six movies that have earned over $1 billion.
By comparison the last excellent Tomb Raider game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, saw sales drop to two-thirds less than the previous game - which may have been caused by the initial Xbox One exclusivity or launching the same day as Fallout 4. Supposedly the next game in the franchise, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, may not be developed by Crystal Dynamics despite their excellent work on the last few games in the series.