Video game movies have a rough  track record. From the awful to the uninspired, franchise after franchise tries to establish itself on the big screen, only to fall into the $5 bargain bin at WalMart.

After one look at the Tomb Raider trailer, I’m convinced that trend is going to change.

I’ll be honest, despite how much I enjoyed The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I did not recognize new tomb raider Alicia Vikander. Here are some of my impressions from the trailer:

  • Clearly the film draws inspiration from the 2013 reboot of the video game franchise. Physically, Vikander looks more the part of Lara Croft now, as opposed to how Angelina Jolie fit the look in two previous Tomb Raider films.
  • Vikander is a badass. Check out an outstanding video on how she trained to fit the role.
  • I like that the trailer didn’t try to do too much. It didn’t try to be too funny, and I look forward to an intense action film when Tomb Raider releases in 2018.
Lara Croft uses two pistols
The trailer includes a fun nod to Croft’s signature look.

What’s your favorite video game movie to date? Do you think Tomb Raider can be the one to bust through to mainstream popularity?

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