With Tomb Raider about to launch full pelt into ODEON cinemas on 13th March, we take a closer look at its formidable heroine, the adventuress Lara Croft. Or more specifically her enviable skill-set, which makes her a fresh new take on the video game icon. Lara like we've never seen her before...
Debuting in 1996, Lara Croft has attained massive popularity, and is considered to be among the most iconic, influential and important video game characters of all time.
Archaeologist, treasure hunter and tomb raider, Lara Croft takes far more interest in delving into the secrets of the past as well as uncovering some of the most mysterious places in Earth's history.
Oscar winner Alicia Vikander has proven her ability in delivering captivating performances in dramas, thrillers and now action films.
Her choice as Lara Croft proves a completely different approach to the character. She brings tremendous depth and vulnerability to this character, which is every bit as important as her fierce, strenght, determination and physicality.
Skill 1: Running really fast, fighting even faster!
With action maestro Roar Uthaug (The Wave, Escape) behind the camera, the Tomb Raider reboot sees our plucky heiress Lara Croft doing a heck of a lot of running while avoiding things and fighting at the same time. And by things we mean trees, bullets and henchmen.
It’s an impressive feat, especially when you consider that she’s moving at Usain Bolt levels of speed. Seriously, one minute she’s there, then – before you can say “Angelina who?” – she’s gone, in a blur of motion!
Skill 2: Hanging Around!
When we say ‘hanging around’, we don’t mean Lara putting her feet up and having a nice cup of recuperating Earl Grey. We’re talking about biceps-busting cliff hanging.
In this origin adventure, young Lara gets a sniff that her long-lost archeologist dad Lord Richard Croft may still be alive and so she sets out to find him. Cue sailing to a mysterious island via the ominously-named Devil’s Sea. The island turns out to be even more hazardous, with every little thing – from tree branches to cliff edges – breaking from under our heroine. Hence the dangling.
Skill 3: Tomb Raiding! (Obviously...)
Staying true to the video game series and the best adventure movies, our intrepid heroine gets to raid a tomb – a grave known as ‘the Mother of Death’. Shudder. If you’ve played any of the games or you're just an Indiana Jones fan, you’ll know that there’s more to this skill than simply ‘lifting a lid’.
So we witness Lara solving puzzles Poirot would struggle with, reading maps no one else can decipher, brawling with the ferocity of a mama bear who’s lost her cubs and shooting an arrow with Katniss Everdeen-esque accuracy.
Skill 4: Superhuman Leaping!
If you’ve seen the first Tomb Raider trailer you’ll know exactly what we mean. That jump from the disintegrating plane wing is a miracle of CGI and human endurance. What’s Lara leaping from?
Well, in a roundabout way, that would be Walton Goggins’ evil archaeologist Mathias Vogel. He works for an organisation called Trinity who want to trigger global genocide...