Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
As promised, I’m back with words on the video game adaptation, released this weekend, Tomb Raider. Per my previous general review on the film, there were elements that could have been executed with slightly more thought, but it was ultimately entertaining. Being that I have played both Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) I’ve got a few bones to pick with the story line. Both games are rather large games, meaning there are hours upon hours of main story and lore to explore in each. In my last review I explained since there is simply too much information from both games to cram into one film, the Tomb Raider film did miss a mark or two. This will contain spoilers so if you have not seen it, turn your cheek and go to the general review! (Click here)
In the film Lara Croft ultimately seeks the tomb of Himiko in order to find out what happened to her dad, who seemingly disappeared while on a work trip to Japan.
In the movie we find, that she was just about to come to terms with the death of her father, until the person over Richard Croft’s will hands Laura a Japanese puzzle. She solves it in a matter of seconds to find a riddle and a photo of her and her father Richard Croft (Dominic West), when she was a young girl. She returns to Croft manor to follow the clue and uncovers all of Croft’s research.
It would not be until Rise of the Tomb Raider that game Lara finds her father's secret bunker of research. Movie Lara finds a video that instructed her to destroy the information by fire. She, of course, did not heed that message. Movie Laura, originally did not want anything to do with her father’s fortune, or her wealthy inheritance. She didn’t go to any schools and lived on an abandoned roof top. Game Lara had the means to travel and research and embark on the journey to Yamatai to find the tomb of Himiko with a hefty team to find out of her own curiosity and desire to continue her father’s work, while movie Lara sold to a pawn shop and hitched a ride with a character that does not exist in the game.
Quick rewind to the beginning, game Lara arrives on the island with nothing but the clothes on her back. She has to craft her first bow and arrow and climber’s axe. The movie conveniently places the bow and arrow in the cave her long lost father was hiding out.
The game takes the player into this supernatural and eerie vibe with plenty of action, whereas the movie was more, for lack of a better word, practical. The biggest annoyance had to be that the movie reveals to us that Richard Croft did not die, gets to interact with Lara, but still dies (a noble death) at the end of the movie. In the game Lara’s father is super dead before she gets to Yamatai. Way to play with people’s emotions! Another example: the story of Himiko, the Japanese Death Queen is totally different in game and film. Click below for more on Himiko and the upcoming Tomb Raider game: Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Himiko in the movie: First of all, Lara, opens the tomb for “Trinity”, a group whom is perceived as the enemy in fear that her father’s research on Himiko’s power to kill a man with her touch was him losing his mind. Enter the tomb to find that Himiko was not magical and had some strange disease that quickly infected whomever touched her (despite the fact she’s been dead thousands of years).
Himiko in the game: Lara arrived on the Yamatai to find the indigenous peoples were all in a cult and sacrificed humans to Himiko. Himiko magically controlled the weather surrounding the island, and would not let anyone leave.
Upon arrival to Yamatai, game Lara was immediately captured by the cult and escapes to find Trinity is indeed present. Game Lara is tasked with fighting the death queen’s undead army, until finally silencing the queen.
By the close of the movie, we find that Lara’s dad sets explosives in the tomb and Lara must escape and that was the end of Himiko. It was a tad anti-climactic for me.
When she returns to London, Croft discovers her signature weapon, double pistols, in a pawn shop of all places. To me, this already insinuates there may be a follow up movie, hopefully with the same actor, Alice Vikander. If the film does well enough, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear about another film, especially since there is word of a new Tomb Raider game in the mix. The Tomb Raider film is currently available in theaters.
Fun Fact: There has been confirmation that more Lara is on the way in Shadow of the Tomb Raider (video game) According to the Tomb Raider website the release date is September 14, 2018.