The following contains spoilers for the new Tomb Raider movie as well as the 2013 video game of the same name.
Today Tomb Raider hits theaters and Hollywood once again attempts to adapt a video game into a successful movie. While most video game movies tend to take key characters and elements and use them to create an original story, this movie is much more an adaptation of the 2013 Tomb Raider video game, which rebooted the franchise with a more realistic protagonist. The game deals with Lara Croft getting shipwrecked on a mysterious island and fighting to survive against the opposition she finds there. The movie tells the same basic story, but the rest is very different.
As with any adaptation, many elements have been modified or replaced in the shift from a video game to big screen tentpole. Here are the biggest differences between the new Tomb Raider movie and the video game it's based on.
The movie opens with Lara Croft working out in a gym before going to work as a bike messenger/delivery person. We get to see her life at home and the sort of person that she is before she heads off on her adventure. The game starts off with the action immediately, opening with the shipwreck that ends Act I of the movie. The game gives us background later in the form of video footage recorded before the wreck, which Lara watches at a few points, as well as through conversations with other characters. We only see what Lara is capable of as she does it, or since it's a game, as the player does it.
The inciting incident of the new Tomb Raider movie is the fact that Lara Croft discovers what her father was doing just before he disappeared, leading her to follow in his footsteps and head for the island of Yamati. In the game, Lara's father is only mentioned in conversation, he is not a character himself. It's clear that he's dead, though what happened to him is not revealed until the sequel game Rise of the Tomb Raider. The trip to Yamati in the game is undertaken as a simple archeological expedition based on Lara's theory of where a lost civilization may be found. It just happens to go sideways.