During our flight to London, I watched Tomb Raider (2018), the latest attempt at bringing Lara Croft to life on the big screen. The film stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft from the new video game series beginning with 2013’s Tomb Raider video game. To give you an idea of how behind I am in my leisure video game playing life, I’m still playing through this 2013 game.
Based on what I know of the game, the film is loosely based on the 2013 game. Loosely. In the film, Lara goes on a mysterious quest to the island of Yamatai for clues about her own father’s secret research into Queen Himiko and her abilities. She charters a ship and captain to where the island of Yamatai may be, gets shipwrecked on the island, but she learns that there are many people on this seemingly deserted island. They’ve all been captured and working as slaves for another mysterious organization called Trinity. Trinity is looking for Yamatai as well, but want to use the secrets of Queen Himiko to use as a biological weapon.
There are a number of secrets, mysteries, etc, but I found that stuff a little ridiculous in the film. I felt the best part of the film was Alicia Vikander as the young Lara, and the action scenes. Otherwise, the plot is a little unbelievable. For example, there’s a villain on the island leading the expedition for Trinity (portrayed by Walter Goggins). He has supposedly been on the island for seven years now, and is not allowed to leave the island (or see his family) until he finds the secret of Himiko. Really? Can’t go home to see his two little girls? That’s not how any of this works.
I don’t understand how writers can come up with this stuff.