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English aristocrat Lara Croft is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and in the middle of a battle with a secret society. The shapely archaeologist moonlights as a tomb raider to recover lost antiquities and meets her match in the evil Powell, who's in search of a powerful relic.
As refreshing as it is to have an adventure film centered on a woman protagonist, Simon West's "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" rates only as merely mediocre. The video game-inspired film feels uninspired throughout, with only the occasional character beat or set-piece elevating the at-least-watchable affair.
Revolving around Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft, the film follows its heroine on globe-trotting adventures featuring ancient relics and evil cabals wanting to harness the power of said relics for itself. It is a classic adventure story that has far too few adventurous moments.
The production combines dashes of steam-punk, modern technology, and old-school exotic locales but lacks the energetic pulse needed for its design elements to come to life. West puts together some strong set-pieces,…
How did they get this so astronomically wrong? Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was, frankly, such an easy idea to make: a female, British Indiana Jones slinking her way around ancient mythology with twin guns, plummy quips and exotic locations - the template is there in so many films already, surely this easily should be exciting, funny, sexy and cool all in one package? Well... no. Simon West fudges it almost completely, instead supplying wooden dialogue in a flat script, wasting genuine talent in the cast and directing with all the visual tricks yet none of the iconic depth.
The big bone of contention for many is Angelina Jolie as the titular heroine. Personally, much as the definitive Lara Croft on…
As a throw away Saturday morning style cartoon blockbuster in the same vein as the first Mortal Kombat movie, its a guilty harmless pleasure. Its paper thin of course and silly at times, but there are a couple good action set pieces and Jolie is well cast in the role, she embodies Lara well.
Film #1 of the April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #4 - A film, which for whatever reason, you have pretended to see, but if you're actually being honest with yourself, you have never seen.
It's really fun when Lara is going around talking to people and showering and stuff, at the same time as it's pretty awkward early 2000's action. I like how it's Jon Voigh who plays the father (even when the fact is that I actually had forgotten that he was her father IRL when watching the film)
I think the movie is fun for the most part, but the last 30 minutes was just not enough to my liking to be liked... by me :3
I really want to give this film an higher rating, but I just can't bring myself to do it, because the effects in the end are so shitty that I hold the rest of the movie against it.
An explosion of dumb cheese.
I wish I had the time to write a full review for this, but unfortunately I'll have to keep this brief.
For most of the runtime, I was pleasantly surprised that Tomb Raider wasn't as flamboyantly awful as I thought it would be, but that may have just been because my expectations were so low going in. It mostly felt like an Indiana Jones rehash (switch out the Nazis with Illuminati) with video game-like action sequences (which isn't surprising given the source).
The film ratchets up the absurdity in the third act, but I really can't get mad at this movie. Top to bottom, it is absolutely ridiculous in its asinine writing and cornball posturing,…
As video game adaptations go, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider never reaches Street Fighter levels of terrible, but it gets dangerously close more than a few times. Dangerously fucking close.
honestly? truly? she did That during the ballet bungee jump scene
I had no idea what was happening the entire time but Angelina Did That
Some really nice establishing shots. I like Jolie's hip sunglasses too.
Daniel Craig and Angelina Jolie switch nationalities and accents here, neither with success on the latter. Also, both have extended shower sequences.
Side note: This movie is the epitome of mediocrity.
sept 2016 rewatch: the Jon Voight performance isn't as hammy as I remember, it's just funny seeing him do a british accent. also, the character arc of Lara coming to terms with the fact that she can never see her father again through the hallucinations is actually really affecting and made me be like "awwwww" because lara a cute and she deserves her daddy. also, the orchestral soundtrack is very pleasant, and the licensed soundtrack bangs like FUCK like holy god that closing shot of Lara aiming her guns to the sound of "Where's Your Head At" is so baller tbqh
I remember enjoying this when I was younger (and I still like it for it's cornyness today), but if you want a serious, woman focused action movie, this is not it. Also the music choices. So early 2000's.
NOTE: Cut in the UK for a 12 certificate.
I used to play the games years ago (definitely want to get back to the games as well)... and watched this film when it first came out. When I popped it in today all I really could remember is that I enjoyed it. And that stayed true today.I loved the character and loved the action.And I think Angelina Jolie did a great job portraying the character. I felt this one was definitely worth the time put in to watch it.
angie baby being badass what more can i say
Daniel Craig is American!
Jorah Mormont is evil!
CGI is unconvincing!
The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has a) at least one female character b) who gets her…
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…