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Exclusive: TOMB RAIDER Story Details

Exclusive: TOMB RAIDER Story Details

Alicia Vikander is one of the most exciting young actress working today. After winning an Oscar for her incredible performance in The Danish Girl , she’s been courted to play in high profile projects. She’s been selected to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise and play the iconic role of Lara Croft. The role was famously played in the early 21st Century by Angelina Jolie in two movies.

In an era of name recognition, studios are desperately trying to revive any potential franchises. Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian director of The Wave, is helming the project from a script by new writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet. She’s apparently so hot that Warner Brothers has hired her to pen Gotham City Sirens and Sherlock Holmes 3.

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is a bike messenger in London. She’s living the college life partying it up with her roommate Sophie. Her father Richard (Dominic West) disappeared seven years ago somewhere in Hong Kong. His body has never been found. An executive from the Croft Holdings tries to convince Lara to take over the company. After receiving a key, she goes back to her childhood home and discovers a secret room.

Her father was obsessed with finding the mysterious tomb of Queen Himiko a.k.a. The Deathmaker. She finds a map leading to an island in the South China Sea. Once in Hong Kong, she enlists the help of Boat Captain Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) to get her to the dangerous destination. The TRINITY organization sends Vogel (Walton Goggins) and a team of mercenaries to get to the mysterious island first. Once there, both groups face off in a race to uncover the mystery.

This Tomb Raider reboot is definitely on the smaller scale. There are no 4 or 5 exotic locations where our protagonist finds clues to reveal where the mysterious tomb is located. There’s three places in the story: London, Hong Kong and the mysterious island. It’s a pretty straight-forward adventure. Most of the film takes place in the Isle and around discovering the tomb of Himiko. The first act is pretty good, and this rebooted version of Lara Croft is well setup. She’s fun and adventurous. You want her to succeed. The second act is a monumental disaster.

There’s a big emotional twist that’s not a huge surprise but the way it’s handled is a severe misfire. The story seems to be dragging his feet on the island for a very long time. There’s a lot of running around the island from the bad guys and trying to escape repetitively. Of course, the film is build to start a new franchise. Based on this subpar adventure, I hardly believe it will be the case.

I wish Lara Croft has ended with Angelina Jolie. This reboot’s potential was exciting, but this project fails miserably. It’s only saving grace will be watching Alicia Vikander kicking ass and taking names.

Tomb Raider is set to hit theaters on March 16, 2018.


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Jean-François Allaire

Jean-François Allaire is a true movie geek. In the past 20 years, he's written for Scr(i)pt magazine, Screenwriters Monthly and many websites (Corona's Coming Attractions, TNMC, Filmjerk and Joblo.) For the past decade, he's worked in the Canadian film industry as a distributor, screenwriting consultant and VOD expert. You can send him an email to:

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