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.
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.
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.
loved it just for the young daniel craig
thank you Father Sir
Film #3 of Scavenger Hunt #8
Task #21. A film featuring an actor who played James Bond, but not a James Bond film
Wow, I didn't remember this movie being so dumb. It was fun, with a couple of nice references to the gaming franchise, but otherwise, plain dumb.
Just one of those movies that I will watch because it's dumb, enjoy because it's dumb, and later regret watching it because it was dumb.
Angelina Jolie cosplays as Lara Croft, fights the illumnati, and Syfy-esque supernatural stuff happens; all the while being interwoven with the last breath of a painfully 90s aesthetic.
"Oh, bugger." Well... This was painful to watch.
Huh, Lara Croft is a Brit, then? Figures, given the amount of fake tan she's rocking.
Never played the games, so I don't really have much to compare it to. I do however watch bad movies a lot and this is a modern bad movie. Now its no so-bad-its-good, but more like forgettably bad. It was pretty entertaining just picking it apart. The plot is insanely dumb, I mean, planetary alignments and Illuminati? Really? Best part is how easily you could make a drinking game for how many times physics were ignored.
I really don't like Angelina Jolie, and this didn't film didn't change my opinion whatsoever.
Going to Cambodia this winter, so I'm showing my youngest what to expect.
Average story, blah direction, some ok action, sensational bra. Great use of Angkor Wat, and intriguing to see Dan Craig honing his pre-Bond routine. But the four stars are all about the eponymous casting. Angie is mesmerizing, her mixture of arrogance vs sweetness, toughness vs class a perfect balance for Lara Croft. Not to mention the perfect balance in that padded bra...
On Episode 80, for Pixels, Polygons, and Punches Month, the Super Action Bros follow Angelina Jolie into some tombs that need to get raided in Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…