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March 23, 2018

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Light (2003) --- "Treasure Explore Finds A Legendary Box That Could Destroy The World. But At least She Has Help."

Plot Summary
Fearless explorer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) tries to locate Pandora's box before criminals Jonathan Reiss (CiarĂ¡n Hinds) and Chen Lo (Simon Yam) use it for evil. According to myth, the box holds deadly organisms that could kill millions of people. With her old partner, Terry (Gerard Butler), Croft goes on a hunt that takes her from Europe to Asia to Africa, where pal Kosa (Djimon Hounsou) helps her. Along the way, Croft rappels down cliffs, scuba dives and decimates many male opponents. (1)

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     Directed by Jan De Bont (Speed), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003) is the sequel film to Simon West’s (Con-Air) 2001 video-game-based film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and it is even better than the first film. As seen in his 2000 film Speed, De Bont has a skill for action sequences on a small scale. And while a couple of his large-scale action scenes lack a bit of drama, the locations, sets, and costumes were a tremendous improvement from the first film.

     The visuals (cinematography by David Tattersall) are amazing for its time with a stunning view inside a long forgotten cave of treasure and great CGI of mythological creatures that guard the entrance to Pandora’s cave. The film’s story is interesting in its use of Pandora’s Box from Greek mythology rather than the typical "conspiracy to take over the world" plot. And since this is the second film, more time is spent on the actual story rather than the introduction of the main characters. As a result, the story is deeper and the action is even more exhilarating.
     Angelina Jolie (Salt) reprises her role as Lara Croft and once again prove that she has the physicality, look, voice, and attitude to pull off the role beautifully. Gerard Butler (Geostorm) is great but his performance is a bit low-key than expected, while Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) a Bryce returns as dry comic relief and displays far more chemistry with Jolie than Butler. The chemistry between Jolie and Butler is great but I was not overly impressed by their ‘romantic chemistry.

     Overall, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003) is a good and entertaining film. The characters were good and the visuals were stunning but the biggest high light of the film is the story’s use of the legend of Pandora’s Box as a basis. Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft but I am interested to see Alicia Vikander’s (Danish Girl) take in the upcoming Tomb Raider (2018).

"I'm not leaving you because I couldn't kill you. I'm leaving you because I could."
- Lara Croft

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  7.5 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  7.5 of 10 stars

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