Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: the Cradle of Life

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: the Cradle of Life

Jan De Bont (2003)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This follow-up to 2001's Tomb Raider performed badly at the US box office, entering the chart at number four and tumbling down the Top Ten in subsequent weeks. In this instance, the American public have it right. Bringing in new director Jan De Bont (Speed, Twister) has done nothing to refresh the franchise, nor untangle it from panic-led editing. Angelina Jolie may look the part as video-gaming's most famous female icon, but her 2D counterpart still exhibits more warmth and personality, and for a Bond-style travelogue/action adventure, this is unconvincing, witless, pancake-flat stuff. Teamed with disgraced former agent Terry Sheridan (300's Gerard Butler), Ms Croft journeys from China (looking remarkably like Wales because it is) to Tanzania via Greece in search of the fabled Pandora's Box. Ciaran Hinds throws himself into pantomime villain mode as the evil scientist, but with a plot that makes little sense and set pieces as ho-hum as two stuntmen gliding from the top of a building, one hopes that, like the box, this lame series will now be sealed for ever.


The daredevil heroine returns on a new quest, this time to search the world for the legendary Pandora's Box. However, a devious scientist is determined to get his hands on it first and realise his cunning scheme to harness the box's power as a deadly weapon. Action adventure sequel, starring Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciaran Hinds, Chris Barrie and Djimon Hounsou.

Cast & Crew

Lara Croft Angelina Jolie
Terry Sheridan Gerard Butler
Jonathan Reiss Ciaran Hinds
Hillary Chris Barrie
Bryce Noah Taylor
Kosa Djimon Hounsou
Sean Til Schweiger
Chen Lo Simon Yam
Xien Terence Yin
Nicholas Petraki Daniel Caltagirone
Jimmy Petraki Fabiano Martell
Gus Petraki Jonathan Coyne
Agent Stevens Robert Cavanah
Agent Calloway Ronan Vibert
Director Jan De Bont
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray