'Shadow Of The Tomb Raider' Teased, Release Date Leaks Early

15 March, 2018, 02:27 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Tomb Raider 2018 LEAK: Release date and trailer OUTED for Shadow of the Tomb Raider

You can take Angelina Jolie out of Tomb Raider, but you can't make the movie any more exciting - even if you replace her with Academy Award victor Alicia Vikander.

Judging by the source code, it also looks like developer Crystal Dynamics is looking to add some sort of puzzle game or ARG to go along with the Shadow of the Tomb Raider announcement. With Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander assuming the role of Tomb Raider protagonist Lara Croft and Roar Uthaug - director of the acclaimed Norwegian natural disaster thriller The Wave - calling the shots, the Tomb Raider reboot makes for a fun but hollow cinematic relaunch of the franchise.

Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. Is it the absence of her father that's affected her entire life? Everything changes, however, when Lara learns the truth about her father and what he was up to, right before he vanished. With the assistance of Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), the son of the boat captain who took Richard to Yamatai all those years ago, Lara manages to make her way to the remote island. And that female empowerment is clearly the aim here - Lara Croft was one of the first woman action heroes in video games (until she was sexualized in later iterations). These scenes are usually created to tease a future movie, wrap up a plot hole, or just put in a scene that didn't fit with the main story. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider. The Tomb Raider devs did a better job in Rise of the Tomb Raider, but I want even more. She doesn't sound English, let alone the fake, plummy English that her predecessor Angelina Jolie perfected with her tongue firmly in her cheek. As is the case with Lara, the film's main players are cardboard personalities that would be otherwise forgettable were it not for the performances behind them. Uthaug and his cinematographer George Richmond (the Kingsman movies) shoot much of the film's action and fight scenes in quick-cutting closeups, giving the movie a fittingly Jason Bourne-esque rough and tumble style.

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Interestingly, the reveal looks to land on the day before the upcoming Tomb Raider film's USA release, so Square Enix may be trying to drive up hype for the blockbuster with the announcement. Thanks to one key difference, Vikander's Lara becomes much more relatable than her video game counterpart, even for what is at base an action-adventure romp.

If Tomb Raider hasn't aged particularly well, it still holds a special place in the pantheon of video game movies-which is a little like being the most distinguished pile of garbage, but still. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) as a penniless but quick-witted bike courier is endearing and entertaining, and here, on the streets of London, the movie gives us its best action sequence and does its best building of Lara's character. Pictures. The movie is rated PG-13.

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