Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003) – movie review

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Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciaran Hinds, Chris Barrie, Noah Taylor, Djimon Hounsou
Director: Jan de Bont

Everyone was hyped up and ready to go for the first TOMB RAIDER movie. Angelina Jolie was the perfect Lara Croft so get the film right and you’ve got a money-spinning movie franchise on your hands.

But… as most everyone now knows they didn’t get the movie right. It was far too slowly paced and didn’t have anywhere near enough action.

Somehow though a sequel has been made, with all the promise of fixing their mistakes, and wow, have they put things right in a big way.

As for the story – well, the bad guys are after Pandora’s Box a mythical artefact that is hidden at a site called the Cradle of Life and can unleash powers that could destroy the world.

The British government asks Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) to save us all by getting Pandora’s Box first which she was in fact going to do anyway. She enlists the help of ex-lover Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler) who is set free from prison at Lara’s request and together they set off on their adventure.

TOMB RAIDER 2 comes across like Bond meets Indiana Jones with barely a second to blink between the constant action and big budget effects. With this kind of film I would expect plenty of action to reflect the game it was taken from and this movie really does deliver. Angelina Jolie is still the perfect Lara Croft but this time she’s given the weapons, the ammunition and the targets.

This sequel is in a completely different league to its predecessor. The only problem is getting the word out to the public who otherwise won’t realise that they’ve finally got the LARA CROFT film they’ve been waiting for.

Let’s hope word gets out quickly so the movie franchise can stay in full gear for lots more sequels to come.

6 out of 6 stars