In The New Tomb Raider Trailer, Lara Croft Goes Careening Into Danger For Family

In The New Tomb Raider Trailer, Lara Croft Goes Careening Into Danger For Family

The first look at the Tomb Raider reboot gave us plenty of tomb-raiding action, with a lot of it inspired by the 2013 video game reboot of Lara Croft’s escapades. The latest trailer shows us a lot of what’s been added to the film beyond the inspiration of the game series – and it’s pretty much all about the legacy of Lara’s mysterious dad.

Although there’s plenty of action – including a lavish sequence where Lara (played by Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander) falls off a crashed plane, down a waterfall, and smack-bang into a forest that’s right out of the 2013 game – the main focus of this trailer is Lara’s relationship with her estranged father (played by Dominic West).

Turns out daddy Croft had a bit of an unsavoury background that led to some run-ins with the villain of the piece, Walton Goggins’ Mathias Vogel, who finds himself tussling with Lara now that she’s on the hunt to learn what happened to her missing father. And, much like the Tomb Raider reboot game, also seemingly to try and avoid killing herself in as many elaborate and gruesome manners as possible. That tree-smack has to hurt.

Tomb Raider hits theatres March 15.


  • yep looks like someone has played way too many times the Square Enix games and woke up one day going “you know what this can be a movie”

    not necessary a bad thing mind you, it just doesn’t scream “must watch” after 2 trailers

    • It sure doesn’t.

      In fact, it looks like the director saw videos of some of the more interesting set pieces from the game and just shot those without having any concept of Laura’s motivation as a naive archeology student thrust into circumstances outside of her control, instead turning her into a highly trained professional assassin.

      Umm, no thanks.

      • I thought the same thing after the first trailer. At least this one looks a bit better but I still agree, if they wanted to make a film based on the new games they should’ve taken all the great story rather than just the basic concept of it.

        • There’s so much about the trailer that just reinforces the take-away from trailer #1.

          Working up a sweat boxing well before hearing anything as if she’s just about to head off to Fight Club, the crappy video messages from dad, dad living a secret life of Mystery and Intrigue ™ instead of being a boring boardroom-based businessman she thought he was, the evil protagonist getting revenge on dad’s daughter instead of just dealing with accidental interlopers…

          It’s exactly as if like the director watched a few of the game’s cut scenes with the sound entirely off, and then filled in his own blanks with the first by-the-numbers cliche ridden plot he came up with.

          • Actually its like the director took the story from the recent games and adapted it into an effective movie story. Guess he wasn’t worried about keeping every detail exactly the same as in the games. Maybe it could be a good film even if it doesn’t copy literally everything from the games?

            For the record, it looks as though she is a young archaeologist who gets in over her head investigating her father and gets stranded on an island where she learns to overcome adversity. Which is pretty similar to the main concept of the reboot game. That’s what I got from the trailer anyway. The story of the game is nothing special so it’s not a big deal if a few things get changed. Looks a good version of the character.

  • It’s got a good cast, lets hope the script is up to scratch. Also the action, that kind of over the top CGI action could easily come out dull and boring. Hopefully they nail that.

  • Not sure why they keep insisting on adapting video games into movies. It’s a step backward in story telling. I guess it’s for people who don’t play the games?

    • There’s nothing wrong with it except for the fact that they keep trying to adapt the video game into the movie, not the stories and characters. There is a huge potential there for movies to tell us the stories we don’t see in the games just like there are numerous books and comics that do.

      • Yeah true enough. It would be a great way to introduce the properties to people unfamiliar and make it entertaining for fans.

  • So far it seems like the Ghost in the Shell and Battle Angel Alita trailers in that we’re being shown familiar things from what we’ve played/seen in the source material in the hopes that it will override any feelings of doubt about how good the movie might actually be.

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