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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2001
  • Simon West
  • 96 mins
  • 12

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Lara CroftAngelina Jolie
Lord CroftJon Voight
BryceNoah Taylor
Manfried PowellIain Glen
Alex WestDaniel Craig
HillaryChris Barrie
Mr PimmsJulian Rhind-Tutt
Distinguished gentlemanRichard Johnson
WilsonLeslie Phillips

Crew

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DirectorSimon West

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2001-07-06
Languages
English | Khmer | Russian | Italian
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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