Why another Tomb Raider now? She is flawless in the role of the budding heroine, who goes from inexperienced girl to novice archeologist and bow-and-arrow toting explorer. Lastly, the code also states thatShadow of the Tomb Raider is the climatic finale of Lara's origin story.
Now, with the same feminist spirit, the reboot starring Alicia Vikander and opening worldwide this week, spins the usual action-adventure tale, but also dives into Croft's beginnings, portraying a heroine with an emotional life and personal growth.
It's the kind of movie in which she searches for her long lost, presumably dead father, and then makes a shocking discovery - which will shock no one who has ever seen a movie before.
Alicia Vikander in the film Tomb Raider. Just as enticing are Daniel Wu as Lu Ren (the ship captain who helps Lara search for her father), Kristin Scott Thomas as Ana Miller (an associate at Croft Holdings) and Emily Carey as 14 year old Lara. The problem is, her journey is rather boring.
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In the movie, however, Lara kills in only two scenes: once when she is attacked from behind and is forced into action, and again when she is trying to save some prisoners from mercenaries holding them captive.
"What I love is that we brought the humanity and the vulnerability with her", Vikander says. The rebooted video games don't have the best stories, but they're serviceable enough when you're stealthily putting arrows in bad guys' skulls.
Tomb Raider premieres this Friday at Century Cinemax, Acacia mall, and Cinema Magic, Metroplex mall. With her strikingly chic makeup look, Alicia chose a side part with shiny waves on one side and on the other, rolled sections that resemble a subdued version of cornrows. The onlyTomb Raider game I've ever played was one of the new ones. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name Tomb Raider.