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.
Lara Croft (to Richard Croft): "Why did you not tell me about the illuminati?"
I'm not sure where to go with this. Jolie is looking fantastic as Croft. Total teen male fantasy. And I'm a fan of these type of adventure films, but there was something about it that seemed slightly off for me to fully enjoy it. Maybe it's Daniel Craig's American accent?
Have to give it to the game programmers, they really got the boob run physics down pat with this one. :)
It's so preoccupied with trying to be cool that it forgets to actually be interesting.
Best part: bb Daniel Craig in cargo shorts.
Very silly. Total B-movie.
I hate videogame movies.
In the cinematic adaptation of the popular adventure game Tomb Raider, Lara Croft mills around her lavish mansion for way too long, before finally setting out on a mission to recover a powerful relic that her deceased adventurer father had been protecting from a dangerous organization.
This movie gets so much right and yet so many more things wrong when it comes to Tomb Raider. For one, the casting is perfect - Angelina Jolie is a perfect fit as Lara Croft and carries herself with smug self-assurance that is very in keeping with the character, though kind of abrasive in the film. The movie also goes out of its way to feature iconic imagery from the game, such as Lara's…
It's a very good movie to be an adaptation of a video game. The plot doesn't really matter, so it was entertaining in its own terms. Though easily forgettable because only in the end I realized I have actually seen this once, a long time ago.
That one scene with a motorbike where Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) fires her gun is both delightfully stupid and cool. People should stop whining for everything, this was a good movie to forget your brain and just enjoy the show. When they did go to Cambodia, there was a bit of that adventure spirit, though I would have wanted it more.
And Daniel Craig gets to show his muscles, so there's eye candy for women too.
I don't know about the game (because I never played it) but I would have liked to see more action on this movie. But this drama version is good too, if anybody understands what I'm trying to say...
Angelina Jolie is perfectly cast in the role of teenage videogamer's fantasy woman, Lara Croft, but she's one of the few bright spots. Okay, the soundtrack is also good, and Noah Taylor and Chris Barrie are reasonably fun, but the action set-pieces are hit and miss, the villain of the piece is a whole mass of cliches and lame dialogue, and the direction from Simon West does nothing to make up for the other failings.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…