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Top 5 Wasted Opportunities With Tomb Raider 2018

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Michael Wynands
Written by Michael Wynands Many looked to Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider reboot to kick the video game movie adaptation curse, but it fell flat in spite of lofty expectations and great source material. WatchMojo presents the Top 5 Wasted Opportunities with Tomb Raider! But what will take the top spot on our list? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Have an idea for out next video! Submit your suggestion to our suggest page here: https://www.WatchMojo.comsuggest/

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Top 5 Wasted Opportunities With Tomb Raider

It wasn’t a bad film, but it certainly didn’t break the video game curse either. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down the Top 5 Wasted Opportunities With Tomb Raider

For this list, we’ll be looking at the various aspects of the film that saw it fall short of its own potential.

#5: Don’t Copy, Adapt

Any successful film adaptation takes the essence of its source material and makes the necessary changes, tweaks and adjustments to best suit the cinematic medium. But video game sources, in particular, seem to give filmmakers difficulty in this regard. There were so many familiar moments, poses and actions pulled straight from the video game in this reboot. We get that they were aiming to appease and endear themselves to the built-in fan-base, but these ultimately felt cheap, and often forced. These nods were superficial, whereas the filmmakers could have better spent that energy drawing on more of the characters and plot points from the games, reshaping them to satisfy on the big screen.

#4: Find a Clear Tone

Though this film had its thrilling moments… it lacked cohesion. The beginning was very promising, it feels like it’s going to be a gritty and personal urban tale - one focused on Lara as a person. Sure, it’s a bit odd, but interesting. The moment she lands on the island however, character development seemingly gets chucked out the window, in favor of over-the-top action adventure. The film also struggled to find the right balance between humor and drama. You’re given an excuse to chuckle one second, then expected to process a shocking or heartbreaking death the next. The end result is that you never know how to react.

#3: Craft a More Realistic Story

As we were saying… the opening act of the film kicked off this reboot by going in a unique direction. First we get to see Lara practicing mixed martial arts, before revealing that she’s also a bike courier. Though the city life may have felt a little off-brand, the grounded, realistic approach to both her combat, and that thrilling bike chase, felt inspired. Here is a video game character, adapted to the big screen, who refreshingly respects the laws of physics and the limitations of the human body. Upon arriving at her mysterious island destination however, it’s video game laws of physics for the win. She’s making huge leaps, surviving killer falls and generally doing the impossible.

#2: Do Something New!

Though a gritty, grounded and thoroughly human “Tomb Raider” might have scared off a few purists… at least it would have been brave and different. “Tomb Raider” was by no means a bad film - it was just unremarkable. The story went in all the directions we have come to expect from such adventure films. In keeping with the modern trend, the stakes (unnecessarily) evolved to endanger the entirety of humanity. Film or video game (again, first act aside), this feels like a by-the-book Lara Croft adventure. We’re not professional screenwriters, but we will say… Croft deserves an original big screen adventure more worthy of her iconic status.

#1: Get with the Gravitas

Didn’t we just criticize the film for making the stakes too high? Yep! But there’s a big difference between weight and stakes. We know Lara Croft is going to save the day, so the whole “deadly virus” problem never really scare us as viewers. The fact that Lara is looking for her father makes it personal, but that plot arc, unfortunately, never digs deep enough. Lu Ren seems like a interesting character, but he isn’t really given much scope. The villain’s personal motivation, his family, is also mentioned, but never explored enough to develop him into a bad guy who we feel conflicted about. And without weight, it’s tough to care.


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