That's a big accomplishment when dealing with the expectations that come with a well-known franchise.
I'll hold my hands up and admit that I have never played the popular 1990s video game series that spawned the movie adaptations, which began first time around with Angelina Jolie as tomb-raiding heroine Lara Croft in 2001's Tomb Raider. "You can't call this girl's chest flat and also pretend you've ever seen a woman outside of video games".
So, 16 years later: Does it hold up?
Tomb Raider premieres this Friday at Century Cinemax, Acacia mall, and Cinema Magic, Metroplex mall. She is flawless in the role of the budding heroine, who goes from inexperienced girl to novice archeologist and bow-and-arrow toting explorer. When her butler suggests some possible missions, she turns each location down.
Tomb Raider isn't going to change the trend. Lara Croft spends most of the movie chasing "The Triangle of Light"-an artifact that has, rather confusingly, been broken into two pieces, not three". The discovery of a puzzle box he left her sends her on a brief point-and-click adventure game, which leads to a mystery, which leads to a globe-trotting adventure to find the near-mythical island he was researching just before his disappearance.
Directed by Norwegian Roar Uthaug, whose 2015 action-drama The Wave kept its characters afloat amid thrilling set-pieces involving an 85ft tsunami, Tomb Raider similarly quests for authenticity: practical effects, rough "n" ready action sequences, and, courtesy of Vikander's soulful eyes, some emotional weight to go with the extra four kilos of muscle she piled on for the part.More news: Netflix pays its queen less than her consort on 'The Crown'
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Here's something weird you might have forgotten: Daniel Craig is in this movie! Essentially continuing the legacy of her father's work, while saving the world and priceless artifacts at the same time. Nothing stands out, nothing really shocks you. They also chose to make this more of an origins story.
The reason for that turns out to be that Tomb Raider doesn't have a twist at all.
If only she had those qualities for the whole movie.
Does she? Not so much.
Lara Croft will get a third shot at movie magic in a rebooted "Tomb Raider" film releasing this Friday. Though many Nintendo Switch hopefuls may have wanted the title for the hybrid console, I don't think anyone realistically expected to see it there.
We'll update you with more information as it becomes available. I knew we wouldn't be able to redo that, and that's not what we're trying to do either. I'm a 36C. Lara, she's a 36D. "We didn't want other relationships to take away from that". But we did give her a bit of padding there. But no, I am not flat chested anyway. Suddenly, the stakes couldn't be higher for Lara, who-against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit-must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. Tomb Raider is one of the best adventure video game franchises around and you can look forward to playing the entire trilogy for free on your PC.