Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
  • Time: 117 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Jan de Bont
  • Cast: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Noah Taylor


Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora’s Box. Unfortunately, the orb falls into the hands of Jonathan Reiss, an evil scientist who deals in killer viruses and hopes to sell the secrets of the box as the ultimate weapon.

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  • It’s a trend amongst screenwriters, I think, to write up ever more ridiculous scenes for their movies now that CGI effects can deliver the visuals. LCTRCoL isn’t bad when compared to the likes of Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle but it still has it’s “stupider than stupid” moments.

    The most memorable of these is when Croft (Jolie) punches a shark to frighten it off. This, I don’t have a problem with. But when the shark, after being punched, shakes it’s head as if groggy, I do. I know I shouldn’t take these sorts of things too seriously, but it’s just this sort of imbecility that gets on my nerves and ruins my enjoyment of a film. Sadly, I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of this kind of idiocy in movies in years to come.

    The film as a whole isn’t that bad. It’s entertaining enough in a “brain off” kind of way, but it seemed to be lacking something that the original had. No, I don’t mean John Voight. Somewhere along the way, this sequel seems to have become a cheap rip-off of itself. If you changed the actors and altered the title to something like “Laura Soft: Grave Robber – The Anthill of Strife” you’d have some idea of what I’m getting at. It’s like someone made a clone of Tomb Raider, but then found they had actually used the same actors from the original without knowing. It’s like one of those Star Wars rip-offs from the 70’s or 80’s. At least, that’s how it seems to me.

    Now, as I said, it is a harmless way to spend an hour or two and, the odd scene apart, there isn’t too much to offend the intellect. But it’s all just so “samey” that it’s a relief when it’s finally finished.

    Not bad, but not that good either.

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