I highly recommend that you read my review of the movie before continuing on with this article. While I did enjoy the new Tomb Raider movie overall, being the gamer that I am, I felt like I needed to nitpick a little and talk about the key variations between the game and the movie. Here are some of those differences I found:
In the movie, the enemies Lara faces on Yamatai is an expedition group paid by an organisation called Trinity, led by a trigger finger man who just wants to go home. In the games, however (and yes this means both Tomb Raider and Rise of games) Yamatai is populated by a deranged cult who worship Himiko and Lara only faces Trinity in the sequel, when she heads to Siberia.
I’m all for cast diversity but Lu Ren isn’t even someone from the game series and like I said in my movie review, he’s quite the useless character who could have been developed even more. That being said however, his boat Endurance is in the game and is indeed the very boat that brings Lara to Yamatai though with a different captain. Another big difference is the size of Lara’s party. In the game, Lara is accompanied by seven other people on her expedition to find Himiko’s tomb. Speaking of which...
The legend of Himiko differs greatly in the movie and video game. In the movie, Richard Croft describes Himiko as the Japanese empress with the power to bring death with a single touch. In the game, Himiko is known as the “Sun Queen” and was blessed with shamanistic powers that enabled her to control the weather. Very big difference between the two Himikos, don’t you think?
In all the Tomb Raider games, Lara is an archeology student craving for adventure and discovery of the unknown but in the movie? She’s someone who refuses to acknowledge her father’s absence and only goes tomb raiding to save him rather than in the name of adventure. This is sadly what the Angelina Jolie movies get right and this gets wrong.
It is important to note that while the movie is based on the game, it doesn’t mean that it has to be 100% the same. Might as well just put all the cutscenes together in that case! It was definitely fun to play a game of “spot the difference” between the game and the movie.