*Warning may contain spoilers*
The new Tomb Raider film is loosely based on the 2013 video game of the same name, showing us the origins of Lara Croft and how she became the bad-a$$ explorer that we all know and love. If you’re a massive fan/nerd like me, you will have been pointing out all the references to your friends (who haven’t played the games, appallingly) subsequently irritating the entire back row of the cinema before going on an hour long rant to said friends after the film has finished, because it was far better than you imagined it was going to be.
As we all know, the majority of gaming movies are… not so good, to put it nicely, with the odd exception here and there (Wreck It Ralph, for example, which coincidentally features a little nod to Miss Croft).
Personally, I went into this film sceptical of Alicia Vikander portraying Lara, as I had become so accustomed to Camilla Luddington being the voice and soul behind her in the video games. I just presumed she would get the role of Lara, but Alicia absolutely nailed the part. Her version of Lara is witty, brave, and stubborn – everything we expect Lara to be.
The film opens with our heroine struggling to make enough money to get by. Which left me confused at first – what happened to Croft Manor, exactly? You don’t just lose a mansion! Alas, it turns out Lara is refusing to sign the inheritance her father left her as she is the only one that doesn’t believe he’s dead (to be fair to everyone else, he has been missing for 7 years). Ana (the bitch who appears in the 2015 game, Rise of the Tomb Raider) finally persuades her to sign the documents, but Lara being Lara gets distracted by a puzzle left to her by her father. Upon quickly solving this puzzle, Lara discovers a key and some sort of clue – this clue leads her to her father’s secret study in Croft Manor. Here she discovers her father’s research on the ancient island of Yamatai and its ruler – Himiko. He has also left instructions for Lara to burn all of his documents associated to Himiko.
Does Lara burn them? No chance! Instead, she sets off to seek out the island in hopes of finding out the truth of her father’s disappearance.
From this point, the film takes several scenes straight out of the game, putting a unique twist on them in order to keep things fresh for anyone that might know how they’re going to play out.
There’s plenty of action sequences in the film, all intense and exciting, and Alicia Vikander delivers an incredible performance no matter the situation Lara finds herself in, from physical fight scenes to being thrust into treacherous waters, Alicia was definitely put through it during the making of this film – but oh boy does it make for a fantastic viewing experience. I can’t recommend the film enough if you’re a fan of the games, and even if you’re not a huge fan it’s still a great action film that can be enjoyed by anyone (I would however recommend playing the game before you see the film as there are plenty of references to catch!) I hope they get to go ahead with a sequel because it definitely deserves one.