Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

  • 12
  • Simon West (2001)
  • US / Ger / UK / Jpn
  • 96 min
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

The transfer of successful video games to the big screen has a less than glorious track record, from Super Mario Bros to Street Fighter. Hopes were high for this Tomb Raider adaptation, however, partly because Lara Croft was a natural action-movie icon and partly because the game was known for decent narrative. Unfortunately it fails to live up to expectations. Angelina Jolie makes a credible enough Lara - athletic, somewhat top-heavy and with an English accent borrowed from Liz Hurley (rumoured to be an early contender for the role). But the story is unsatisfying - a two-act yarn about finding two halves of an artefact in Cambodia and Siberia, with a subplot involving Lara's dead father (played by Jolie's dad Jon Voight) - and the direction from Simon West (so good at the helm of Con Air) does little to whip up the momentum as Lara joins forces with the apparent villains (led by Iain Glen) and performs endless leaps in the dark. It functions as a passable action caper, although fans of the game may be itching to get back to their consoles. The Indiana Jones series did tomb-raiding with more wit, and the Mummy films provided more spectacle.

Plot Summary

Action adventure based on the computer game, starring Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig. Aristocratic adventurer Lara Croft races against time to regain possession of an ancient artefact, the Triangle of Light, before the evil organisation known as the Illuminati uses it to gain control of time itself.

Cast and crew


Lara Croft
Angelina Jolie
Lord Croft
Jon Voight
Noah Taylor
Manfried Powell
Iain Glen
Alex West
Daniel Craig
Chris Barrie
Mr Pimms
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Distinguished gentleman
Richard Johnson
Leslie Phillips


Simon West

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 6 Jul 2001
Certificate 12