Movie Reviews: Lara CroftTomb Raider: The Cradle of Life




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     Paramount (1 hr. 56 min.)
     Based on the popular video game, Tomb Raider Lara Croft sets off to save the world from an evil scientist.
     Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou, Noah Taylor
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"Tomb Raider 2" gives its audience a healthy dose of Deja Vu — that strange feeling you get that you’ve been someplace before — several times in fact. That’s probably because this summer’s movies have been one big chase scene and explosions after another, so much so that you can’t tell which character was with which film, and which superhero saved what day.

That being said, "Tomb Raider 2" is better than the original, which was a slug of movie and a clone of the video game. "Tomb Raider 2" treats its audience with more respect in regards to story telling than that gawdaful "Charlie’s Angels 2" and "2 Fast 2 Furious." But it still has the feeling of a film that studio suits decided, "Hey, it’s time to make another "Tomb Raider" movie," rather than someone with an inspired idea for a screenplay.

"Tomb Raider 2’s" premise hinges on gunslinger-adventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) trying to stop evil scientist Dr. Jonathan Reiss (Ciaran Hinds) from getting his hands on Pandora’s Box which is guarded by a warrior Djimon Hounsou and his primitive African tribe. Reiss wants to unleash the box’s deadly diseases into the world.


So he can sell the antidote he’s developing to the rich and famous of course. Directed by Jan De Bont, who knows his way around action pictures with Twister and Speed on his resume, "Tomb Raider 2" opens with a bang but the ending feels like an "Indiana Jones" outtake.

Once again, Lara love interest is an ex-boyfriend and British Intelligence agent turned Tomb Raider Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler). But it’s hard to believe the pair ever had a relationship, because the glint in Lara’s eyes looks like she could kick is butt on a moment’s notice. Skimpy chic bikini’s, pneumatic breast covered by a silver wet suit and phallic weaponry — Lara’s not just a point-and-shoot pixel fantasy for adolescent boys anymore.



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