Tomb Raider Trailer #1 Review

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By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

The first trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot has finally been released. The film’s inspiration is the 2013 video game reboot of the same name. So with such great source material to work from, the film cannot fail surely?

The first Tomb Raider game was created by Core Design, a Derby based video games developer. Being from Derby, Tomb Raider and Core Design have always held a special place in my heart. We even have a street named after the main character, Lara Croft Way. So because the origins of this popular franchise were on my doorstep, I have always been invested in any game or media put out based on Tomb Raider and Lara Croft. So when it comes to film adaptions, so far I have been extremely disappointed. I cannot begin to tell you how much I disliked the Angelina Jolie movies. The story, the presentation and her portrayal of Lara really irritated and disappointed me. So when they announced a new reboot based on the 2013 video game, I was a little nervous.

So what about this reboot? If you haven’t done so already, you can watch the trailer below.

I am a big fan of director Roar Uthaug since his horror film Fritt Vilt (Cold Prey). He also directed the outstanding disaster drama The Wave, which if you haven’t seen I highly recommend you seek it out. So with a really exciting director in the chair and a committed lead in Alicia Vikander, the film is on to a winner surely? Well, while it’s early days I have mixed emotions about what this first trailer has offered.

The majority of the action has a CW/Syfy look about it, which is odd given the property and money that is being put behind this movie. There’s just something a little cheap looking about the external daytime shots. Of course, these things can be fixed for the final film, but as a starting point, it isn’t visually striking enough to make you feel that this movie is a big deal. With that being said, the boat scene and jump onto the plain, both ripped from the game, looked very well done. More of the latter, please.

5 Things From The Trailer:

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Down & Out

I like the idea of a reluctant Lara. She’s got the basic tools but doesn’t want to use them. But then she is catapulted into a big conspiracy that centres around her father’s death. With the Jolie films, she was the finished article and very overpowered. If they are true to the source material, they need to keep this new Lara vulnerable, raw and unpredictable. These are the things that made the 2013 reboot game so compelling. You felt like you were going on a journey with her, growing as a person throughout. Learning, testing your limits. These elements made the game extremely enjoyable to play. Fingers crossed this movie follows a similar theme. The worst thing the film could do is have a naive and untrained Lara become an overpowered action hero the second she steps foot on the island. We need to see, well paced, growth and development.

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Big Splash

The ship scene in the 2013 video game was one of the game’s icon moments. It threw you straight into the heart of the action. Hopefully, they can execute the scene well enough to replicate or surpass this adrenaline-fuelled scene from the game. Watching her dive off the boat had a big action feel to it, something that was lacking in other areas of the trailer.

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Riddle Me This

Puzzles, tombs, traps…these are the things I want in a Tomb Raider movie. I want this film to have plenty of varying puzzles and traps for Lara to solve and overcome. The previous film adaptions never capitalised on this part of the franchise, and it would be a smart move to ensure that this is correct this time around.

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Winging It

While the majority of the daytime shots looked cheap, this scene was helped by better lighting and a more intense action feel. Just like with the boat, the downed airplane was a memorable moment from the 2013 game. So to include that into the reboot film is a smart move. Take from a great source material, make the most of it. The intensity of the scene came across really well and the classic ‘Lara grunt’, when she hits the plane, was a nice touch.

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Double Trouble

Interestingly enough, look’s like Lara will be brandishing her iconic double pistols at some point during the movie after all. In the reboot game series, they have so far only teased at the double pistols, favouring the bow over them. It looks like the film is potentially going to embrace both. Does she lose them on the ship so she never gets to use them? Was this scene taken from the end of the movie? Who knows? It would have been cool to have them as an end of film reveal/look whats happening in the sequel moment, you can understand why they’d use it in the trailer.

Overall, It felt like an average trailer. While it may have quashed my fears that it was going to be truly dreadful, I’m still struggling to get excited about this film. Of course, I will go and watch it, and maybe with low expectations, I will be surprised with the final product. But for me, Tomb Raider will have to deliver a lot more in the second trailer.

What did you think about the first full Tomb Raider trailer? Let us know in the comments below.

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