Watching the new Tomb Raider movie, which stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, you might think you were watching scenes from the game itself.
After years of attempts, no one expects a video game movie to be high cinema.
The latest mess-up involves Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, whose cat was already let out of the bag when someone caught a marketing person looking at it on their laptop on the tube. Spilt coffee creamer? A very generous and curvy line of cocaine? Arriving near the peak popularity of the video game series on which it's based, Tomb Raider grossed hundreds of millions of dollars, and nearly instantly became Jolie's highest-grossing movie to date. We will just have to wait for the event tomorrow to know for certain.
The script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastir Siddons is very much a connect-the-dots affair, unburdened by the need for subtlety, subtext or deep characterization - how many times we hear the father go all soft and call his daughter by her pet name "Sprout" can not be tabulated.
Except for Croft and the "surprise" character, Vogel is the only other character that gets significant screen time.
"Tomb Raider" arrives at a time when Hollywood is putting more women in central roles in the macho blockbuster genre.
Come back tomorrow for the full Shadow of the Tomb Raider reveal. Square Enix has stated previously that a new game is on the way.
Rise of the Tomb Raider, the second entry in Lara Croft's origin story, was an Xbox exclusive when first released in 2015.
The announcement comes one day ahead of the Tomb Raider film's theatrical release on Friday, March 16.
As for Vikander's Croft, the screenwriters and the video game's 2013 reboot - on which they based the script - did her no favors.