Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Simon West (2001)

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Our Score
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.


The gun-toting treasure seeker is thrown into a furious battle with a mysterious secret society as she races against time to locate the missing pieces of a legendary artefact that grants the owner the ability to control time. Action adventure based on the video games, starring Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Leslie Phillips, Iain Glen, Chris Barrie and Jon Voight.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Jul 2001