When the first trailer for Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider came along, I found myself deeply in the minority by claiming that it "looked like it could be a lot of fun". The crowd, as they say, was not with me on that one, and I accepted my role as the one person in the world willing to fall for this nonsense (note: proving that this writer never learns from his mistakes, this is the exact same thing that happened with Assassin's Creed). Whatcanyado?
Well, there's a new Tomb Raider trailer out today, and - at the risk of inciting any further outcry from the mob - I still think it looks like it could be a lot of fun. In fact, to my eyes, this trailer seems even better than the first.
Please, judge my sanity now:
Big-ass caves? Jungle battles? Impossibly wide jumps? Shoddily-rendered CGI airplanes dangling off waterfalls? My man Walton Goggins getting super angry and sweaty and yelling at his subordinates? Look, Tomb Raider's probably not going to have much nutritional value, but there's no way I'm not giving this thing a day in court. Maybe, after all these years of trying to get a decent video game movie off the ground, the 23rd time will prove to be the charm.
Now, please enjoy this film's ridiculously wordy official plot synopsis:
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
Tomb Raider arrives in theaters this March.