Shadow of the Tomb Raider Arriving September 14


In it, a younger (and pointedly less titillating) Lara Croft gets stranded on an island full of violent cult members and equally violent supernatural warriors.

Other recent video game movie adaptations have received poor critical responses.

It was also an origin story, and its success kept the game firmly on the stars' and filmmakers' minds. Instead of being part of the family business, Lara works as a bike courier and has fallen behind on her payments to a gym where she spars with others training in mixed martial arts.

TheWrap: Such a uniquely interesting character deserves more than a run-of-the-mill action franchise, but almost 40 years after Raiders of the Lost Ark, we're still getting pits and spikes, spiders and snakes.

"It's very empowering "cause I kind of looked at a lot of female athletes and stunt women that I met over the years in the film industry and I was like, 'Well if it's gonna be plausible that Lara can do this" - 'cause we did a bit more naturalistic take - 'then I want to look like these women, '" she says.

Urban London Lara, despite being bad at boxing, is clever and daring, with skills to back up her confidence. Sorry Switch fans, this version of Lara Croft doesn't appear to be coming to you. Lara is the primary focus of the movie and Uthaug focuses on the elements from the game that make her special. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or goal, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. The second game raises the stakes as the adventurer travels the globe in search of the Dagger of Xian, which is said to give its possessor the power of a fire-breathing dragon.

It also means that "Tomb Raider" is splendid popcorn fodder that stays true to its source material. Lara gets stabbed through the side at a point in the movie with a piece of shrapnel, but the movie forgets that at certain points once the action pieces become necessary. A no-sweat type keen to fit in with the boys, she's not obviously a globetrotting superwoman in the making, despite a skill set that includes archery, a knack for solving brainteasers, and the ability to bust out an appropriate Shakespeare quote. Vikander reportedly put on 12 pounds of muscle for the role and you can feel her strength in power when Lara need to be physical up against male opponents. I wanted her to be a strong girl, for it to be plausible that she can do what she does, later on in the film.

Now we can't wait to catch her in the movie already.

Vikander, too, saw the movie as a challenge-not just in terms of growing the character, but on a more thematic scale. I'm talking about Lara's relationships with her friends Sam and Jonah, and with her mentor and sort-of-surrogate-father Roth, as well as her academic mastery of archaeology and mythology.

You should be able to find all of this information for yourself assuming that the website will still be live throughout the day. While I wasn't exactly expecting greatness from the film, I did think it would contain a few thrills and maybe some laughs. There's also praise for Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, but even that is tempered with the belief that the film never really broke the video game movie curse. So that was our mantra.

Will you be seeing Tomb Raider?

Interestingly, the reveal looks to land on the day before the upcoming Tomb Raider film's United States release, so Square Enix may be trying to drive up hype for the blockbuster with the announcement.