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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 #2 of Scavenger Hunt #3 Challenge
Item #12: A film about archeology or an archeologist!
I remember two things about the "buzz" around this movie when it came out: all the boys in my class loved it (they were 12) and all the moms hated it (most had to sit through it with their sons). Is this the worst archaeology movie I could have picked? Probably not, but it's definitely not the best. The film does not stand the test of time, as it feels and sounds like 2001 all rolled up into a little ball. The acting is bad, the fight scenes are sloppy, and the plot makes me really happy I never played the video games.
Sadly, another stinker for my challenge.
Lara Croft fights a giant robot about a minute in. If that sounds okay with you, please throw yourself into an acid pit.
Since its initial release in 1996, Tomb Raider is one of the most prominent video game franchises. It did to games what Indiana Jones did to movies and what Clive Cussler did to books: they all tap into a certain sense of adventure, with ties in archeology and ancient history, and with liberal amounts of action and peril, to immerse the audience in a thrilling experience. Lara Croft may be well-known for her...ahem...bodily proportions...but she is an action heroine who could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Indy and Dirk Pitt, in terms of physique, confidence, knowledge, and wit.
Inevitably, the live-action film for Tomb Raider was released in 2001, with enough hype to build it up as one of the biggest action…
Angelina, corres raro.
Si le quitas todos los tics dosmileros, resulta que está mejor de lo que la recordaba. Mogollón de polígonos.
The film pushes suspension of disbelief beyond any reasonable limits, which makes it a great comedy film (accidentally?).
I decided I needed to watch this after years of living with my big brother's Lara Croft cutout.
Obviously I expected it to be a corny action movie that appeals to men and plays only EDM music in the background of fight scenes and includes like 10 different angles of Angelina Jolie showering, and not to brag, but I was exactly spot-on.
Although I aspire to be super rich and look like Angie and date Daniel Craig and battle the Illuminati, I do hope that if my dreams come true, they'll make a better movie about me than this one.
this was quite enjoyable even if it was a little objectifying.
Nota = 5
I don't think I have seen much better casting than Angelina a the Tomb Raider. The film itself is a typical popcorn action movie, just like Indiana Jones.
All of video game adaptations are never the greatest movies and this is no exception, but as a pure action adventure.
Wait... is that a very skinny Daniel Craig?
Haha that was very funny.
PS I hate Angelina's face...
I haven't seen this film in about a decade. It was fun to rewatch it today and to see faces like Iain Glen, Daniel Craig and Noah Taylor who were fairly unknown back in 2001.
The film itself is okay. The CGI has aged badly, Lara's breasts are weirdly prominent, and you just know that Iain Glen is super evil because he has slicked-back black hair. The story isn't too bad, all things considered, provided you don't take it too seriously. The stunts are pretty cool and the action scenes are fun.
Don't seek it out, but if you've nothing better to do then it's worth a watch.
Film #12 of The "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge
Item #12: A film about an archaeologist
This was pretty much exactly as bad as I thought it would be. I don't know why it's so hard to make a good movie out of a video game. Jolie isn't terrible but couldn't save this mess. Always be wary of films with more than 5 screenwriters. (Extra 1/2 star for side boob.)
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