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One of the most famous video games of the current generation. Lara Croft the tomb raider, hits the big screen in the first of the two so far released films. Headed by Angelina Jolie playing the video game heroine, shows what made the game so succesful while still keeping the action film appeal.
One of the hardest things to do when making a film based on a computer game is to give the sense of action and urgency. Gone are the continuous pushing blocks to reach high places, or trying of alternate keys to access different areas of the tombs, and present is reality and drama which carries the fate of the earth along with it.
A secret from her fathers past leads Croft on her most dangerous adventure. A mystical artifact known as the Triangle of Light, capable of altering space and time, must be found before falling into the hands of the Illuminati. A secret society hell bent on world domination.
Jolie gives a worthy performance not just imitating the computer game, but forcing her own presence into all future interpretations of this famous heroine. Exploration, Discovery and Danger. Three words that sum up this film.
Filled with brilliant special effects, which add to the story rather than distract from it, and brilliant performances by the cast. A great film which is well worth watching.
The disc itself contain numerous special feature which are worth watching, cast interviews giving their own view on the film and the story add an extra dimension to an already brilliant offering. Also present are; Jolie's physical training regime, A look at the tomb raider games, deleted scenes, an alternate title sequence and a full commentary by the director. All of this and more, the ones mentioned are the best of a good offering of special features.
In my opinion a great film and a very well done adaptation from game to film, something which is hard to achieve and was done with great acting from Angelina Jolie.
What is it about video game adaptations that just renders them shoddy and almost always dire? Aside from a few decent attempts - chiefly Silent Hill, and Mortal Kombat had some silly charm - they're almost always dumb-as-a-bone and fail to respect the mythology of the original counterpart. Tomb Raider, with Angelina Jolie at the helm, inspired promise that it might actually be decent, but alas, we get another brainless and laughably bad game adaptation that's not worth your time.
The film revolves around Lara Croft (Jolie), a wealthy adventurer who lives in her huge mansion. The film opens during day one of a planetary alignment, which causes a solar eclipse on the Earth, which occurs only once every 5000 years. The Illuminati, meanwhile, are conducting some nefarious investigations in order to perform a sacred operation that they believe holds the key to the world. That night, Lara has a dream from her dead father about the Triangle of Light, and so decides to go on an adventure to try and figure out what this all means and how her father's legacy is linked to it all.
Sadly, it's not half as lively as it sounds, and in fact the results are quite depressing. How do you make a Tomb Raider film boring? You fill it with too much talking, cheesy asides and pop-culture references, and despite Lara travelling to some gorgeous places, we don't get any gorgeous shots of vistas or horizons. Also, Chris Barrie as Lara's butler is utterly wasted, and not even exploited for the sake of comedy. Jolie really does a good job as Croft, but that's the only thing worth praising: the film is otherwise dire, and the sequel was also dire. This is flavourless filmmaking that probably won't satisfy fans of the game, nevermind anyone else.
Tomb Raider is an action film that was released in 2001 and was based on the Tomb Raider computer games. It is rated 12 due to some bad language, some sexual references and plenty of violence. Tomb Raider is 96 minutes long.
Lara Croft is a treasure hunter, but one who doesn't do it for the profit. At the beginning of the film we see her in action while doing an exercise with a robot who turns out to be programmed by Bryce, who lives with Lara, as well as her butler, Hillary.
While laying in bed on the anniversary of her father's death, Lara hears a clock ticking but she can't figure out where it's coming from. She searches high and low for the clock and eventually finds it in a secret room hidden under the stairs. She gets everyone out of bed to see what all the fuss is about and while dismantling the clock, Lara finds an ancient key to the Triangle of Light in the middle.
The Triangle of Light has been broken in two and if the pieces are put back together on the day of the planetary alignment, the holder will have the power to control time. This day only comes once every 5000 years so Lara knows she has a huge mission on her hands especially when there are other people that want the Triangle in one piece.
Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft
Daniel Craig as Alex West
Jon Voight as Lord Richard Croft
Iain Glen as Manfred Powell
Chris Barrie as Hillary
Noah Taylor as Bryce
Some of the special features
- Digging into Tomb Raider
- The stunts
- Visual effects
- 4 deleted scenes
- Alternative main title sequence
Angelina Jolie is one of my favourite actresses but I didn't really love her in this film. I've seen her so much better in other films and I don't really think this one showcased her abilities very well. Although Jolie is now very well known for playing this role, I think she was mainly hired because of how she looks more than anything else but she does make a great Lara Croft non the less.
The action scenes in Tomb Raider are alright but I expected something more elaborate and much more exciting after playing some of the games. The special edition DVD has a featurette called 'Creating Lara Croft' which shows what Jolie had to go through in order to be physically fit to play the role. Jolie did a lot of her own stunts which were very impressive so at least the action scenes have something quite good about them. I think I found them more impressive just because I know Jolie did the stunts herself though.
The biggest problem with this film is that it is extremely predictable throughout. At times where you think something amazing is going to happen, it turns out to be something mediocre and I felt let down at quite a few points throughout. The ending is exactly what you think it is going to be, the bad guys turn up at exactly the right times and the small amount of romance was pathetic.
To begin with, the plot showed some real promise but it quickly got boring after the first 20 minutes or so. The special features on the DVD are impressive but that's about the only really good thing about buying this. It's available for about £4 on Amazon so at least it isn't expensive but I feel sorry for anyone who paid full price for it when it first came out.
I have always loved the game, whether it is on PS1 or Xbox or PSP. I once played for a straight 6 hours and then fell over when I got up to go to the loo.
I think that Angeline Jolie was perfect in this part. She had the right physique and just the right attitude and her british accent was brilliant. I actually quite liked this film and will often watch it when on TV. I even bought the DVD. There is not a huge story to this and the characters are not particularly deep or fleshed out, but this is not what is needed from this film. This is a fun, fast and furious piece of entertainment that has all the elements that are featured in the game, the multitude of locations around the world, the chase to find a piece of antiquity to solve a puzzle to find the next required piece, battling baddies with guns and temple quards that can climb walls and multi armed Shiva's. Even better is that this film centres around the illuminati and the chase to secure an artifact that can destroy time itself.
The set piece action sequences are brilliant. The scenes in Anchor Wat are very reminicent of the game. The characters of Lara, Bryce and Hillary are very likeable and interact well together, establishing a feeling of camaraderie, although Lara is definitly in charge. I particularly liked the robot killer that Lara uses to train with.
Ian Glen was a very good sneering baddie, of the old victorian era. I could almost imagine him throwing the poor mother and child out onto a freezing street. This was also the first film that I saw Daniel Craig in and he is good as the guy who can't quite decide which side he is on. There is a smashing shot of him with no clothes on and his modesty covered by some old Venitian plumbing.
This film brings Lara to life as a human with some interesting emtional baggage over the death of her father. Jon Voights cameo as her father is good, intrestingly this was when I found out that he was Angelina's father in real life. It gives an insight into what motivates Lara in the film and also in the game. It has made playing the game much more interesting.
This film is good family entertainment. It does not require a lot of concentration to follow the plot, but is non the less an entertaining film that will be even more fun if you are a fan of the games.
Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) is a rich, English archaeologist with combat skills to rival the best, despite her wealth she is all about helping other people and has always longed for a Father figure in her life because her Father, Lord Richard Croft (Jon Voight) was killed when she was young, since then she has had to grow up on her own and now lives in the family mansion with her butler and technical expert Bryce (Noah Taylor) who often sets Lara up with physical challenges to test her stamina.
It's a special day for Lara and numerous other archaeologists, it's the first day of a planetary alignment which results in an eclipse on the Earth. This event only happens every 5000 years so Lara is keen to get in on the action. After a dream about her Father in which he informs her of a key regarding the planetary alignment, Lara figures out that a secret key has been hidden somewhere. This key must be put in place by the final stage of the alignment and he (or she) who does this will be granted the power of God. With several other archaeologists after it who will kill to get it, Lara knows that she must get there first to ensure that the power of God doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
After recently seeing the second instalment of the Lara Croft franchise on TV I thought it was about time that I went back to the beginning and watched the first film again which I haven't seen for a couple of years. This was Angelina Jolie's big break and is arguably the reason that she's the superstar that she is today, however the film didn't actually do that well upon it's release so it's obvious that it was something else which propelled Angelina Jolie into the spotlight; yes that padded bra! Angelina Jolie was probably already a budding sex symbol on the up before this film was released however without those incredibly tight tops, padded bra and the shortest and tightest shorts known to man then I don't think that the whole world would be as obsessed with Angelina Jolie as they are today.
She plays a decent character in this, lacking personality but lets be honest she wasn't hired in this film because of her acting ability was she? Angelina Jolie has never been renowned for her acting abilities despite giving extremely strong performances in a number of films (Girl Interrupted, Changeling) she's always going to be known for her knockout looks and it's not surprising that Tomb Raider exploited that as much as possible. Near the beginning of the film we witness the unnecessary yet somewhat obligatory shower scene (as if this movie wasn't sexually charged enough) which yet again reiterates that this isn't a serious movie and takes away a lot of it's possible credibility by making it a money making machine, exploiting Angelina Jolie's sex appeal in order to make millions of dollars from discerning men who could have gone to see any other decent movie out at the time but instead chose to perv on Angeline Jolie in a figure hugging outfit for 90 odd minutes!
There's moments in the film where it shows real potential, both action and comedy wise yet the film always falls flat because immediately after you'll hear a cheesy line or see a tacky scene where the director once again plays on Angelina Jolie's sex appeal which makes the movie become very tiresome extremely quickly for anyone who's not in the slightest bit interested in Angelina Jolie's breasts (I.e me!). Lets face it this film was never going to live up to the Indiana Jones movies although it has been compared to them on several occasions over the years.
I found this film to be a little more enjoyable than the second effort though, Lara Croft was primarily a video game character who became famous for being a tomb raider which the games were all based around. The second film steers away from this aspect and has Angelina Jolie travelling all over the globe imitating a C.I.A Agent instead of an archaeologist, however in this film it stays true to the video games. Although we see Lara travelling all over the world it is to locations where we see her doing what she did in the video games, down underground fishing out clues of ancient artefacts and fighting bad guys.
There were a few good fight scenes in the movie however they're noting special and seem very implausible, in one scene we witness Lara swinging around her living room on a harness before going to bed (as you do), just at that moment the bad guys come swinging in on harnesses and disturb Lara's workout regime (coincidence or what?). This is the same for most of the actions sequences, they're decent yet very tame and it doesn't seem like much effort or thought was put into them at all.
There's an appearance from James Bond himself, Daniel Craig in this film in a relatively early role for him, it's worth watching this for the exploitative shower scene in which he stars however he seems to have been hired for the same reason that Angelina Jolie was and his part was shamefully underwritten. A past relationship is hinted at when Alex (Daniel Craig) and Lara first run into each other however this is never built upon and there's no connection or chemistry shown between them at all.
Overall I'd recommend this film only to die hard fans of the games, it's a decent effort but it's no classic. Everything about this film screams average, it's ok for an evening of light entertainment but don't expect to become enthralled by the plotline.
The DVD is currently available from play.com for £3.99.
The special features include:
Audio Commentary by Director Simon West
4 Deleted Scenes
Alternative Main Title Sequence
U2 Music Video: 'Elevation'
Documentaries: "Digging Into Tomb Raider", "Crafting Lara Croft" and "Visual Effects Of Tomb Raider"
"Are You Game?" - A look at the "Tomb Raider" Video Game Phenomenon
I read many reviews of this film and many are negavtive. They cite bad filmmaking as the chief offender. But I have to say that I really quite enjoyed this piece.
As other reviews have detailed the plot revolves around interpid grave robber Lara Craft and her battle with the mysterious Illuminati over secrets discovered by her deceased father, which in turn will lead to the secret of time.
Well, the plot is pretty silly and the acting isn't up to much, except perhaps from the lovely Jolie and a curiously American accented Daniel Craig. Particularly bad are Iain Glen as the villian, an alleged QC who is also mega rich and collects art (one wonders where he finds the time to practice law) and Jon "I'm only here because of Angie" Voight as Croft Snr, delivering quite possibly the worst upper class english accent I have hard from an American is quite some time. But despite all of this the movie is actually surprisingly enjoyable. The pacing is good and the action scenes are satisfying, which all in all makes this rather enjoyable popcorn fare.
I think the problem is with movies like this is people view them expecting them to be works of art, when it fact they are nothing of the kind, they are just enjoy mindless "kill some time" movies and nobody should come to this picture when any greater expectations than that.
Either: You sit there, trying to watch Angelina Jolie for ninety minutes, and this stupid film keeps getting in the way. Or, you try and watch a somewhat overcomplicated movie, but this pouty bird with squint boobs keeps jumping about in front of you instead.
And that's what it feels like. In adapting the most successful female computer game character in the world, Simon West has not only managed to make it feel like a game, but separate his lead character from the movie as a whole. Which is a shame, because there were high hopes for this one. To be fair, it may not be his fault: With Icon-to-be playing virtual-Icon, it was always going to be difficult to do anything which absorbed such characters.
Hmmm. I think I need to stop thinking so much.
On the plus side, there are fantastic action sequences, and Jolie really can do that accent. She looks great, but one look at the poster would save you £4.50 if that's all you're after.
OK, that's it for plus points. The problems now begin to creep into view: The action set pieces feel as if they've been stripped down to accommodate a lower BBFC rating; that's not to say that I'm a gorehound or anything, but this is distinctly from the A-Team school of fighting. Punches, one feels, have been pulled. It may been intentional, but the impression left is that of a computer game, divided into levels of escalating difficulty: There's the Croft manor level, the problem solvey level in the temple, the end of level of boss, and while it forsakes the annoying bleeps and boinks of SuperMario, Tomb Raider is a little too close to source for comfort.
And Iain Glenn, the main baddie... is he supposed to look like an accident at the tanning salon?
All in all, Tomb Raider has the product placement of Mission Impossible, the gadgetry of Bond, the archaeology of Indiana Jones, and probably the best looking lead actress in Hollywood today. But none of these elements are taken to their limits, and what we have here feels muted, a watercolour movie with a lame conspiracy theory which ultimately fails to engage. The target market, the 12-14 year old boys who bought the game in the first place, are mostly over 18 now, so unless this was some sort of game franchise revival plan, it could have been a lot more interesting
. I suppose we'll just have to wait for a sequel.
Did I mention her boobs were definitely squint? To some, probably worth the admission price alone. %
This film is touted as an action film, when really it is eye candy for those that like to ogle Lara Croft, aka Angelina Jolie... luckily I am one of those people, so found the thin storyline acceptable, and the action and close up shots of Jolie's fitness much more entertaining.
If I was looking at this film innocently (rather than my biased opinion), I would say that the story is pretty naff. OK, there is the obligatory start, middle and end, but we have seen it all before. It is cobbled together with superb action scenes and there are so many of them that you will still find yourself engrossed.
The extras on the special edition add to the value a little. Looking at the stunts, visual effects and four deleted scenes is quite interesting. The saving grace really though is the fitness of the main character, very fit.
After the successful series of Tomb Raider games it was inevitable that a film would soon be created. With all films based on popular products such as books or video games for example everyone expects a high quality film that provides the experience of the book or video game. Unfortunately, sometimes films are rushed so that they can be released in time for Christmas or other public holidays. Tomb Raider is one such film. I myself am a big fan of the Tomb Raider series and I was certainly looking forward to the release of the Tomb Raider film. My favourite actress was the star of the film (Angelina Jolie) but even she couldn't pull this film further up the ladder of success than the OK marker. Storyline ----------- Basically, the storyline goes something like this. Years ago there lived an ancient civilization who had the power to control time using a small pyramid (named the Triangle Of Light) forged from metal from a meteor. The power could be used for good or for evil, if the power of time was ever abused it would destroy the civilization. Unfortunately, the civilization crumbles and is destroyed because of the abuse of this power. The pyramid is then broken into two halves and hidden at opposite ends of the Earth so the power can never be abused again. Nearly 5000 years later Lara Crofts (Angelina Jolie) father (who is actually Angelina Jolies father in real life) leaves Lara clues to find the two halves of the pyramid that can control time. But Lara isn't the only one looking for the pyramid, there is a group of people who call themselves the Illuminatee who are also looking for the two halves. If the pyramid falls into the wrong hands then the world will be ruled by the Illuminatee. Lara must find the two halves and reunite them before the next planetary alignment (which only occurs every 5000 years). If the two pieces are not reunited in time then they can not be reunited again for another 5000 years. Although
the storyline sounds as though it has potential I'm afraid that's just not the case. The storyline is basically what I have described above. There are no exciting twists, the film just runs from start to end without you even having to think about whats happening on screen. The ending really doesn't help the film in anyway whatsoever. But I will not go into that as it will spoil what little excitement it holds for people who have not yet seen the film. But trust me, it shows how little time was put into the storyline. Storyline aside, there were SOME good qualities to the film. E.g. Angelina Jolie. If you hire or buy the DVD you will be able to watch the special features section. In that section there is a video showing you what Angelina had to do to play the part of Lara Croft. She obviously worked hard to try and perfect the part and during the film she does most of her own stunts, something other action actors and actresses should take note of. In my opinion, Angelina was the best thing in the film and probably the best person to play the part of Lara Croft. She is sexy, fit, young and determined. Although I must say that some parts of her body sometimes looked too fake. I think Angelina is brilliant in this film. Some action sequences will tempt the taste buds of action film fans, I certainly found them appealing. Angelina doesn't let the character of Lara Croft down in any way whatsoever, even her English accent is pretty decent. If it was for the storyline then this film would have been fantastic. Angelina certainly met the standards you would expect but it takes more than that for a film to work. Effects -------- The effects weren't so bad, it wasn't a low budget film but something I noticed that I found quite hilarious was one scene in the film when Lara had to find a giant statue of a Buddah. Thunderbirds could have done better. It seriously looked as though it was a 30cm toy standing in a doll house mad
e to look like an ancient temple. There were other stone statue enemies which I am pleased to say didn't look like they were made out of wood and strings. Quality computer effects made these enemies look quite real (or as real as stone statues can be). Locations ----------- I am pleased to say that the locations Tomb Raider was shot in won't let you down although some of the sets looked too much like sets and less like the real thing especially when Lara is trying to retrieve the first half of the pyramid. Jungles, ice and other various locations live up to the Lara Croft fans expectations. Action ------- There's a lot of action, the best scene in my opinion being inside Lara Crofts mansion. After this scene don't expect anything better because it won't be coming. Guns, vehicles and martial arts combine to make one decent action scene and other fairly decent action sequences. Side Storys ------------- There seems to be two side stories (only one of which I will detail since the other will spoil the film). Lara seems to have a liking for a man named Alex West. He works for Lara's competitors but I'm pretty sure Lara and Alex used to have a great friendship or even a love relationship. There's more evidence to back this up close to the end as you will see if you watch the film. I've tried to tell you as much as possible here without spoiling the film in anyway. But if you want my opinion, this film hasn't concentrated nearly enough on its storyline. This is definately a factor that seems to have plagued such video game films through the years including Street Fighter and Turtles.
Hi, I would like to express my outmost rage at Angelina Jolie being picked to act as Tomb Raider in this movie. Firstly, she looks like Lara Croft- sure, agree? But in Tomb Raider games the game producers like to focus the camera on certain parts of her body ie her buttocks and some other parts. I think all these producers are making Angelina Jolie act in this because we all know she is "drop dead gorgeous" but will that really make the cinema take our £3 or £4 in to entrance. They think they can use some pretty face just to get all the boys running into the cinema. And secondly Angelina Jolie wasn't the best actor for this job, and I think some other people should have been given a chance. I do not mind if you do not agree but this is my opinion. I liked the movie but some things could have changed by Ronan.
I wasn't expecting much from Tombraider, some mindless, no brain required action for a boring evening in. God, I can't believe I even got less than that. Angelina Jolie plays Lara Croft, the incredibly wealthy orphaned Daughter off an eminent archaeologist who everyone in the film seemed to have met at some point or another. She lives in a huge mansion, bungee jumping in the atrium and going tomb raiding for fun. Living with her is Bryce, a bit of a techie scruffbag. I'm not sure weather he was supposed to be her brother, staff or what, and the butler Hillary, played by Chris Barrie (Rimmer from Red Dwarf and Gordon Brittass from the Britass empire) who I think is ace and I'll have nothing said against him. Lying in bed one night at the time of the great planetary alignment, which conveniently is the anniversary of her fathers death, she hers a clock ticking under the stairs of an 83 room mansion in a secret room (believable so far?). So she drags everyone out of bed because this clock is ticking and low and behold there is an ancient key to the triangle of time in the middle of it. The triangle of time is and relic, broken in two, which if joined on the day of planetary alignment will give the holder the power to control time. This day comes once every 5000 years. We are told this through some flashbacks to Lara's Father, which are frankly subtle as a brick. She takes the clock to her Father's old friend Wilson (the fantastic Leslie Phillips). Que. Clumsy speeches about the clock and what a great man her father was. Blah, blah, blah. Wilson points her in the direction of Manfred Powell (who happens to have known her Father). An antiquities lawyer who says he knows nothing about the clock but then steals it from her in a big raid on her house involving a mini getting crushed (they should be done for that sacrilege). He then goes of to find the triangle, helped by Lara's ex boy
friend and she follows him (do you still care?). Here we get some mysterious children in ancient temples (probably because the script writers were too lazy to think of a better way for her to find it) and a lot of Indiana Jones clue reading and booby trap dodging, obvious from a mile away and not nearly as exciting. We get some Buddhist monks (who also knew her Father, and frankly I'm getting sick of him) I'm not sure what the point of them was, maybe I was so used to having everything explaining to me by now it was too subtle to be noticed. Given that the plot is so incredibly obvious that you get bored waiting for it, I'm gonna leave that alone now. The special effects are ok, but you would expect better from a modern film especially when it doesn't have the quality of script to get away with it. The action sequences are painfully slow and some are even slowed down even more, so you it'll take you more time to be unimpressed. The acting was mediocre with the few comedy moments falling flat on the face most of the time. The only bit I thought remotely funny was the butler in a bulletproof vest and slippers. However, you can't really expect much with such a dire, clumsy and patronising script. I don't like being spoon-fed; I like to work a bit out for myself through clever subtleties and inferences. The line where we get an explanation of what tempus fugit means is a prime example, watch out for it if you haven't switched off by now. An attempt to introduce a bit of sex was apparent from early on with gratuitous shots of Lara's crotch and her wandering round for the whole film with giant unmoving baps sticking out for us all to see. I suppose if you like that sort of thing it's great, and it does stay true to the computer sprite, but again subtle as a brick. We saw, early on in the film a shower scene, nothing exciting really, which led to the following conversatio
n with my other half: BF 'what's this got to do with the story?' ME 'There trying to add a bit of sex to it' BF 'What for, we never saw Indiana Jones in the shower and if we did it was a tin one and it was funny' ME 'yeah but she's a girl with big baps, your supposed to like it' BF 'Well its just crap, they're not showing anything, it's boring' So we have a mans perspective on this. Universal opinion? Maybe not, but I wont be accused of not liking it because in jealous of her tits. I also have a problem with Angelina Jolies lips. They stick out something chronic, like she's had some allergic reaction to a bee sting or something. Maybe it supposed to be sexy but for me it just kind of gets in the way. It did when I watched the 'Bone Collector', is it just me? So, do I have anything good to say about the film? Well yes a few things. Angelina Jolie's English accent is impressive. Far superior to Renee Zelweggers Bridget Jones and it doesn't grate on you. It's posh, as they all are, but she is 'Lady' Lara Croft so it's relevant. Some appearances from some great Britsh actors like Chris Barrie, Leslie Phillips, Jon Voight and Carl Chase. Although the baddie was a snotty English bloke, as per usual, most of the goodies were English and it evened us out a bit. We get a bit of the Clangers, which I watched for a few seconds instead of the film. More of the Clangers would have improved this film no end. If you like breasts, this is the film for you. Lara's Bra is magnificent, the star of the show it should get an award for best supporting actress (I slay myself!) Overall I thought the film was crap, and its rare I see a film a really don't like. My standards are quite low. If you liked the game, or Angelina Jolie, maybe you'll like it but don't expect muc
h, you'll be disappointed.
Many people I know only went to see Tomb Raider and any Angelina Jolie film for the presence of this seductress. I really don't think that this film was worth watching except if you want to get turned on by a wild child. She plays with weapons, has amazing tricks in the film, but in reality the film does not justify Tomb Raider, and has put to shame the story behind Tomb Raider. Why can't directors get it right any more? They have all that money to play with, yet most of the stuff coming out in theaters is rubbish! Lara Croft is in a race against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. One would think that with thoughts of making a movie the artists would want to use some tast and actually want to appeal to more than the sex drive. Than again, that's why the porn industry exitsts! Great way to get the idea across on a PG-13 rating.
I had heard so much about this film, the associated game and supposedly 'gorgeous' Lara Craft, so I decided to give it a try. First of all I can state quite categorically that Lara Croft, in the shape of Angelina Jolie, did nothing for me! She is so boring. The dialogue sent me to sleep. The two young boys I who watched this with me thought she was wonderful. By the way, they are just 10 and 13, so I guess that explains it. Lara Croft seemed quite attractive to them. So, what of the plot? I found it hard to find one but I managed to come up with a few lines for the benefit of this opinion. Lady Lara Croft is a British Aristocrat who collects antiques. Not conventional things, but more like those Indiana Jones was in search of. There's lots of action and bits from the Tomb Raiders game (so I'm told..never played it!) Plotwise it left me puzzled and I couldn't get my head round all those references to time and space. After all, Lara herself doesn't give the impression of understanding these concepts in anything but the basic sense. The whole thing revolves around Lara finding the booty before her opponents do. The opponents, by the way, are the 'illuminati'. (I wonder if they are the ones who can read!) This is a classic case of turning a game into a film and I didn't think it was very successful. Even my young companions said that the game is better. There are lots of action scenes, clever effects and very exotic locations but this just didn't work for me. I was thoroughly bored. Come back Indiana Jones!
What can I say? Quite simply one of the most boring and unoriginal films I have ever seen. A thorough disappointment. The plot is so obviously copied from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, it's a wonder Speilberg hasn't sued for breach of copyright! At first you think it's going to be a novel action movie, but it turns out to be a copy of one of the greatest films of all time, and a very bad copy at that. The film starts off promisingly enough, with Lara fighting a huge mechanical monster. However, the action is spoilt by a pathetic anti-climax in which it turns out that she was just training after all. Plus, Lara makes no attempt to skillfully disarm her attacker, instead resorting to blasting away with her pistols that are obviously ineffective. We then have to watch Lara continue to bore us by searching through her father's possessions to find a clock. Wow. When the bad guys come in to steal it, the action is over far too quickly as Lara dispatches them all without hardly a scratch, thanks to the help of her blundering assistants, the computer whizz and the butler. The film makers continue to rip off Indiana Jones as Lara rushes off to a temple to recover the lost artifact. Further copying the Indiana plot, Lara is taken hostage by the bad guys and gets to the temple, where she is sent (just like in the Last Crusade...) to recover the artifact. Surprisingly enough, the main bad guy gets hold of it first, abuses its power, and dies, leaving Lara to save her friend using the artifact (as Indiana Jones did). Oh, and the temple collapses in at the end as well... Even Chris Barrie lets himself down in this movie as the butler to the Croft estate. At least if he had been given a wider role then I could have had some laughs out of the film instead of sitting around completely bored. In all, a rather poor display of acting and a blatant rip off of another film make this one to miss. This was an oppor
tunity to make a really novel and exciting action film which could have become something of a classic, but failed abysmally. I can only hope that they don't release a sequel...
Can I confess that I like decent special effects in a film before I go on, and even a film without much of a story line, but with great special effects, like Gone in Sixty Seconds, gets a big thumbs up from me. That my friends is why I went and rented a copy of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Now, call me stupid, but I thought it would have some decent special effects, and maybe, just maybe a decent storyline. Afterall, I enjoyed playing all of the games, they actually became quite addictive. This film doesn’t have either. Ok, so the plot isn’t as bad as some movies, but this isn’t really a very good one! And as for special effects, sorry did I miss them, or were they those quite frankly rubbish effects with lights towards the end of the film. There was only one decent effect I noticed, and that’s when you see different ‘layers’ of a dog as it’s jumping, like the muscles and skeleton etc, but Hollow Man walks proudly all over that special effect. I should have thought about it before I went and bought it, I only the VHS version on the shelves of Woolworth’s for £4.99 the other day, and it was only released in 2001, so it’s no contender for the bargain bucket just yet, but that’s got to say something about the film when it’s that price and films made 5 years ago are still priced at £10! If theres one good thing about this movie, then for you Lara hardcore fans, or people who find her really sexy, you get to see her head and shoulders in the shower! Wow, that makes the film so worthwhile seeing! Tomb Raider was directed by Simon West who has been responsible for ‘The Generals Daughter’ and Con Air’. I knew Simon had directed Con Air and I like Con Air a lot, even if it is a bit cheesy, so i was a bit disappointed with Tomb Raider to be honest. What I really don’t get is why this film had a budget of $80m. It wasn’t spent on special effects, if it was, i
t was spent pretty badly, they may have slipped Angelina Jolie a few million to act as Lara Croft and wear a tight top all the way through the film, but it really didn’t strike me as being a big budget film. However, they did make a lot more than that, although I really don’t know how, apart from teenagers who are in love with lara shedding out their money for repetitive screenings. It took $131m in the US and £12m over here in the UK. However, they may have made their money, but they haven’t made an epic of a film. It scored just 5.3 on IMDB when I looked today and it has some pretty bad to average reviews around the net, with a couple of reviews praising it, but you get that with every average summer movie. Angelina Jolie stars as Lara Croft, who we see doing some rather unusual exercises at the start of the movie, which we have all seen anyway because it was shown on every trailer and advert for the film before it was released. We also meet the butler, played by Chris Barrie, from the fame of Red Dwarf and that comedy programme about a gym, which was funny, but I can’t for the life of me think what it was called! That’s about it for the well known actors, well the actors that I recognised anyway. Chris Barrie plays his part well, but he plays it just as he plays his part in Red Dwarf, the oh so serious look hes so good at. Angelina Jolie does her best, but to be honest I have never really liked her as an actor anyway, she does however look the part, but doesn’t quite sound the part with an obvious faked English accent. (Remember that Tomb Raider is a British thing!) The ‘plot’ goes a bit like this....Lara finds an old clock hidden in a secret room. The clock only starts ticking when she finds it. It turns out that the clock is ticking down to when 5 planets will be in alignment. There are also two halves to a triangle in two different locations in the world, but Lara’s dad, Lord Croft has le
ft all of the clues in his writings, so Lara knows where to find them. These two halves, made into a triangle at the moment of alignment give ‘god’ like powers to the person who is holding the triangle. Inside the clock is the key to the triangles, which is needed to gain access to where the triangle is. Trouble is, someone else is also on the trial, who wants to use the god like powers for himself, so lara has to get there first basically and be the holder of the triangle at the time of alignment, and destroy it so that nobody else can get their hands on it. Lovely eh! The acting is ok, nothing special. The special effects are ok, but again, nothing special, and the soundtrack is ok. It’s an ok film, if your into Indiana Jones type films, but not quite as good as Indiana Jones. A lot of the film is set in Egypt, so expect a lot of scenes mimicking scenes out of films such as Indiana Jones and also The Mummy. Overall I wouldn’t really recommend this movie, it’s just not good enough, and that’s why I’m awarding 2 measly stars out of 5, afterall, it’s watchable!