I wasn’t prepared for what Buckwild The Original Tomb Raider Movie was like

Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider is 20 years old this year. Let that sink in for a second. I watched it when I was a kid and I miss certain parts of it like the shower scene and the crunch Daniel Craig look. Mainly the shower scene. honored TheGamer .’s Ongoing Tomb Raider Week, I’ve re-watched Lara Croft: Tomb Raider for the first time in at least a decade, and I can’t believe how magical and amazing this movie is. The logical leaps you have to make to keep up with this storyline (which barely holds together) far exceeds what people consider reasonable or decent in 2021. It makes no effort to explain itself or contextualize a single thing that happens in it. Tomb Raider expects people to know about the game it’s based on, and it doesn’t make any apologies for it being a video game movie – despite the fact that it’s one of the game movies. first electronic blockbuster ever made. It sounds like a fever dream these days, but it’s still among the top ten most profitable video game-based movies of all time. If you haven’t seen Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or if you haven’t seen it since you were a kid, get ready for a wild ride.

The Tomb Raider begins, appropriately, in a common Egyptian tomb. As Lara cautiously approached a jewel bathed in the sun’s rays, she was suddenly attacked by a 10-foot-tall robot with four arms. We’re watching two minutes into the movie and Lara Croft has been surrounded by a rejected design for General Grievous. The two fight until all of the ancient artifacts in the tomb are destroyed, after which Lara disables the robot by tugging on some cables, pushing the “Kill Lara Croft” disk into the small computer in the tomb. its ribcage and plugged into a plate called “Lara’s Party Mix”. As OutKast’s Speedballin’ blasts through the robot’s speaker (?), Lara pulls the metal husk away from the mausoleum, revealing it to be part of a training exercise. Apparently Lara has an actual Egyptian Tomb in her house where she practices robot fighting. None of this really explains or explores further.


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This opening sets the tone of the movie perfectly. It’s rife with inexplicable nonsense from start to finish and it makes no effort to clarify or give context to events. We only know three things about Lara Croft: She’s rich, she misses her father, and she’s an adventurer who saves the world. The movie hopes you know enough about Lara from the games that you just don’t wonder anything else. There is a training mission at Croft Manor in Tomb Raider 2 where you can explore the mansion and run through Lara’s ‘Assault Course’. The opening of the movie is based on that, and if you don’t know that, I guess you just have to make peace with being in the dark.

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People often refer to Lara as the Tomb Raider without providing any further information about her history or what that means. From the comments that she and the other characters make, we can gather that she has gone through many adventures and saved the world before. Lara seems bored with her life now, despite keeping up with her training to fight the killing cyborgs. When Lara’s housekeeper gives her some sort of case file and suggests that it’s time to get back to work, Lara tells him she doesn’t want to go to Egypt because “There’s nothing but pyramids.” tower and sand”, which is a funny thing for Tomb Raider to say.

Of course there is a villain. An Illuminati leader, do Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen, found a way to control the flow of time. Glen teamed up with Daniel Craig to steal an artifact that Lara’s father had hidden from them. He was also part of the Illuminati, but he betrayed them and hid the Croft Manor artifacts. He was killed for his betrayal, leaving Lara to clean up the mess and prevent the Illuminati from completing the ritual that would give them control over time.

The best thing about Jolie taking on the role of Lara is that she’s completely unfazed by things. The Illuminati want to perform an ancient ritual during a solar eclipse and control the flow of time? It’s okay, where am I? She embarks on her first adventure when a squad of paramilitary soldiers raid her mansion by killing them all and immediately following the villain to Cambodia. There, she works with Daniel Craig to solve a puzzle in a temple that brings a series of six-armed guardian statues to life, and she doesn’t even bother to look. Movies these days will never have the guts to feature autonomous warrior statues without at least getting the protagonist to say things like “Can you guys move? This is crazy!” Or “I don’t usually fight old people, but for you, I’ll make an exception!” Lara doesn’t admit the absurdity at all, she just unleashed a string of blows. Kick the perfect circle and knock them all down.

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When they finally found their way to the magical Siberian funeral where the ritual would take place, Lara saw a shimmering crack in the air surrounding the object. “It was a storm of time,” she explained. “Time is broken here.” So that’s just one thing she knows about. Spent a lot of time on Lara’s ‘time storms’? Apparently it was, as it was somehow possible to activate the device, enter the anomalous zone, talk to her deceased father in the afterlife (?), time travel to the past and freeze time to swing a knife through the air so it flies into Glen’s Chest Iain. If you haven’t seen it yet, you might think I’m doing all of this. However, it all goes back to the first scene with the robot in the mock grave. If you can accept that as a reasonable premise, then everything else that happens in Tomb Raider is equally plausible. No need to explain.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is only the seventh video game movie ever made and four of them are martial arts movies. Another director safely played it and was able to tone down some of the game’s more fantasy elements, but Simon West decided that the Tomb Raider movie should be even more of a video game than a game. electronic. It was not well received by critics and gamers at the time (IGN gave it 0.0/10) but it remains one of the most successful video game movies ever. Tomb Raider is a ridiculous movie, but I don’t think it has enough credit given how seriously it approaches the absurd. Jolie plays straight, never showing any signs of detaching from the reality of the plot. That’s the way most video game movies don’t have the guts to do without condescending to camp. It may not capture what makes Tomb Raider so great, but video game movies might not have existed if it hadn’t been so successful, not to mention what it has done for action movies led by women.

I don’t have a good way to end this, so enjoy this super adorable looking Daniel Craig.


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