Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander unearths first trailer

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Sep 20, 2017

Yesterday marked our first in-action look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. Now that we've been properly teased, it's time to behold the full trailer, in all its glory.

Given the $425 million grossed by the previous films, and the franchise's resurgence in the 2013 Crystal Dynamics game, Tomb Raider, it's easy to see why MGM decided to dive into the franchise. Lara Croft has always been a popular character, and with the film being based on the 2013 game, there was a chance to reboot both Lara and Tomb Raider at the same time. 

But let's face it, video game adaptations can be hit or miss. If they work, they really work, but the recent Assassin's Creed film forgot that video game movies are best when they're more faithfully adapted to the actual game and stick to what works best; Resident Evil being a perfect example.

Plus, people had some questions about whether Vikander could play Lara, I'll admit I was skeptical, but she looks every inch the part in this new incarnation. 

The trailer features all sorts of nuggets, and plenty of Vikander's Croft running and leaping through various harrowing situations: the edge of a cliff, a death trap in a cave, a shipwreck in the middle of the Devil's Sea.

As for plot, we get a fair amount, like we know that Croft is out to close a tomb that her father (Dominic West) was seeking out, to finish what he started, and possibly save humanity. It all culminates with a particularly harrowing shot of Croft racing across the rusted-out wing of a plane as it dangles over a waterfall.

After watching this, I'm especially interested in seeing the type of training Vikander did to get ready for such an intensely physical role. DVD/BR Special Features here I come. I also think Tomb Raider game fans will appreciate the fact that Vikander herself plays and loves the game.

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Director Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider reboot also stars Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Killjoys' Hannah John-Kamen, and Daniel Wu. Look for it in theaters Mar. 16, 2018.

What do you think of the new trailer? Are you in?