I’d like to take a moment to gush about Tomb Raider, one of my favorite video games.
A few months back, a video from IGN showing the comparisons between the 2013 game and the trailer for the movie coming out this March went viral. Many scenes throughout it are taken from the cinematics within the game, which were VERY exciting to see on screen, but there’s also points throughout that tie into the 2015 sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider. It got me thinking about what the story will be in the movie.
The upcoming release is a remake of 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, which fared than greatly amongst critics. But this time around, it appears the reboot could bring our heroine some redemption. Alicia Vikander, who is playing Lara Croft, has said in interviews that the plot is centered around the Lara’s origins and her eventual rise (no pun intended) into becoming the tomb raider we know and love. It’s been said that the movie will follow the 2013 game’s story, but will it end up taking a bit from both it and the 2015 title as well? Let’s dive in.
Tomb Raider (2013)
This game was a revival for Lara, helping to give her a new and fresh start in the series. It starts off with her embarking on an expedition aboard a ship called the Endurance with the intention of finding a lost kingdom called Yamatai in the middle of the Dragon’s Triangle off the coast of Japan. After a horrific storm, she and her mates become shipwrecked, and this is where our adventure begins.
In this story, Lara has to battle a violent cult called the Solarii Brotherhood in order to save her friend Sam from a deadly fire ritual called “Ascension,” which is meant for the brotherhood to find the next Sun Queen, but could kill Sam if he’s unsuccessful.
This game shows Lara developing from a young woman unaware of the adventures to be held in the world around her into a fierce warrior determined to learn more about the mythical stories her father told. With the game ending on a screen that says “A Survivor is Born,” we see a new saga unfold for Ms. Croft.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)
This game picks up a year later from where the previous game ended. Lara is continues to further her knowledge of her father’s research, but also grapples with the events that happened in Yamatai. We see her internal struggles with the trauma she experienced and her determination to do her father proud.
While going through her father’s research, she learns of a lost city called Kitezh, where a Divine Source lies — one that promises immortality to whomever finds it. Off this discovery, Lara begins an expedition to Syria that’s quickly interrupted by a paramilitary organization known as the Trinity.
Throughout the game, Lara has to battle against this deadly group in order to find what lies within Kitezh. She learns quickly of betrayals from ones in close relation to her father, and her mission soon becomes one fueled with the purpose to do right by him and the rest of the world.
From what we’ve seen so far in the trailer, the film seems to be taking bits and pieces from both of these games. Most of the scenes pay homage to certain cinematics in the 2013 game, but our main villain appears to be the same group of baddies from Rise of the Tomb Raider: the Trinity. The Trinity plays a small part in the 2013 game, being mentioned briefly over a walkie-talkie, but their presence isn’t officially made until 2015.
The location in the movie is slightly different, with Lara traveling to a tomb called The Mother of Death in the middle of the Devil’s Sea that’s off the coast of Japan. But it sound a little familiar, doesn’t it? That’s right! It utilizes plot points from her excursion to Yamatai and her expedition on the Endurance.
It seems as though the reboot’s director, Roar Uthaug, wanted to make a movie that showed adulation for the more recent games, while also paving the way for a bit of a different story for us to experience with Lara. Sometimes catering too much to the game can be a slippery slope to go down for a video game adaptation, but it looks like this one is being created with respect to its fanbase and a drive to create a new and different adventure for us. Plus, I’m excited to see another action/adventure movie that has a female at the forefront!
Tomb Raider hits theaters March 16.