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Will Tomb Raider Continue the Tradition of Bad Video Game Movies?

After watching the new trailer, all signs point to yes.

Following in the footsteps of far too many video game-to-movie adaptations, Tomb Raider is now taking a second attempt at bringing Lara Croft to the big screen. With Alicia Vikander stepping into the role of gaming’s most famous heroine, some wondered if this could break the bad video game movie streak.

And then the trailer dropped:

Unfortunately, Tomb Raider looks to be the absolute epitome of cliched action movies, with lines such as,

“If you’re listening to this then I must be dead”


“The fate of humanity is now in your hands”,

Aside from that, the movie seems to be taking elements from both the 2013 reboot of the series and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider, with Lara being shipwrecked on an island and having to overcome the shadowy organization, Trinity.


Of course, if the trailer is anything to go off of, the new film looks to be light on any of the more interesting aspects of those games. Though not the perfect demonstration of video game storytelling, the recent Tomb Raider games have been notable for their more mature portrayal of Lara Croft. Reluctantly thrust into adventure, Lara at first suffers through incredible hardships for the sake of her friends, and is only able to truly earn her moniker as the Tomb Raider through sheer perseverance and undying will.

It was dark, gritty, sometimes hard to watch, but ultimately inspiring. It may be too early to call it, but the new film doesn’t seem to be carrying any of these themes forward. At least she has her classic… pickaxe?

For better or worse, we’ll find out when Tomb Raider comes to theaters March 16, 2018.


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