Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Born into Wealth. Groomed by the Elite. Trained for Combat.
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.
as the biggest lara croft stan ull ever know...... anyways..
theres so much wrong in this it kills me. literally every single game has a much better plot than this mess could wish.
(nice visuals and +1 for queen angelina tho)
Unlike Angels & Demons, this one is actually illuminati confirmed.
WHERE'S YOUR HEAD AT?
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is an achievement.
Banking off the success of a video game franchise that started merely 5 years prior to its release, it's no wonder that the film's conception was formulated as a pure money-grabber. With the value of the franchise's name, big budget action, and two other very important assets in play, it's no wonder that to this day this film is one of the highest-grossing video game films ever made.
However, 15 years later, and hundreds of negative reviews later, the general consensus of this film is usually something along the lines of "mindless" and "shallow" and just plain "stupid".
To that, I suggest giving this film another watch.
There are plenty a film that…
Daniel Craig's American accent is terrifying.
an extra star for angie, she deserved better
Watching them a decade later, there's something charmingly simple about these turn of the Willennium video game based movies.
this made NO SENSE AT ALL what a savage attack on the illuminati. angelina was great tho
Every so often, though more rarely than years past, I've asked myself, These millions upon millions upon millions of dollars that an average movie costs, shouldn't it be spent on things that really make a difference? Medical research, proper water and nutrition, etc?
Usually I catch myself and say, Well, that's not how the world works. It's not that simple. Etc. And then I go throw $10 towards something like Independence Day Resurgence like a dumbass and forget I even thought about it.
But then I watched Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, a movie that had a budget of $115,000,000. One hundred and fifteen million dollars. In 2001, this piece of shit required $115,000,000 of various services and types of labor…
I want to watch a fun movie.
I love arthouse films, but sometimes I just want to have fun, so…