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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Poster

Goofs

Plot holes 

In the "Dead Zone" where nothing electronic works (cars, computers, helicopters) Lara uses a laser sight to reactivate a time storm.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Laura is driving to meet with Manfred you hear the sound of the car's engine revving and shift gears but yet the brake lights are lit up and the car is coming to a stop.
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Character error 

The Buddhist abbot at the monastery in Cambodia extends the 'wai', a gesture of respect (both palm pressed together and held just below the chin in front of the chest), to Lara, which she returns. A Buddhist monk would never give that gesture to anyone, and certainly not to a female, nor as the initiating party. Also, while monks are greeted that way, they do not return the gesture.
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The marker for Lord Croft gives the date of his disappearance in the American month/day/year designation. The British use the day/month/year designation.
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Powell orders his men to fire on the leader of the Illuminati, and they shoot machine guns at him. This was a poor decision because he couldn't have been sure that any of the bullets wouldn't hit the triangle pieces. In fact, in a couple minutes, Lara destroys the Triangle by shooting it.
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When in the first tomb, Powell and his men all leave and let Lara fight the Vishnu statue on her own. However, Lara has the piece of the Triangle that they want, so why wouldn't they help her?
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Continuity 

In the morning after the attack on Lara's mansion when the delivery service guy comes in to deliver mail, he comes upon Lara's mansion doors open and then as he proceeds and the camera angle changes, it now appears that both doors are shut. (Note: This is because the exteriors were shot at a real mansion, but no permission was given to film inside.)
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During the final action scene Lara puts her guns on the ground. In the following sequence, when she is running from the room, she has her guns holstered at her hips yet she had no opportunity to pick them up.
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When Alex is counting down to get the first half of the triangle, he reaches 28 seconds. Lara then interrupts and has a conversation that lasts over 28 seconds. When Alex resumes his countdown he begins at 12 seconds again.
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When they're in the Cambodian ancient ruins, Lara places the clock mechanism in the eye of the statue. In one of the wide shots, however, the clock is missing.
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As the locals are trying to pull down the wall to find the first piece of the triangle, Alex West takes off his shirt and starts to pull on the rope with the rest of the gang. In the next shot he is clearly seen to the left of the screen with his shirt back on as the wall topples down, jumping up and down and shouting something.
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The position of Lara's hair braid changes during the final dog sled sequence.
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When the UPS guy arrives the doors are open. Lara signs, the UPS guy turns and the door is closed.
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Burning cigars appear and disappear in Alex Marshall's mouth several times, e.g. during the Venice scene with Lara or in the Siberian ice cave.
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Dust and tears appear/reappear and change position on Lara's clothing during the opening fight sequence with "Simon".
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When Lara touches her father's hand, her arm is up. In the close-up, it is down. A few seconds later, the arm is up again.
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When Alex West gets out of the shower when he hears the noise, he opens the door and a maid is holding one towel. In the next shot she is holding two.
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The morning after the attack at the mansion the UPS delivery guy enters and steps over a lot of debris, the next scene shows him from the front and the floor behind him is clear and shiny.
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The attack on the mansion takes place at night, but the multiple views from inside through the skylight show blue sky and clouds.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the attack in Lara's mansion, when she jumps out of the corner near the roof to pick up a commando between her legs, the camera behind her shows two crew members over her left shoulder.
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When Alex is climbing on the planet model, he has to duck down to avoid being hit by another planet. A crew member's hand can be seen helping to pull him down so he doesn't actually get hit.
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Miscellaneous 

When Lara defeats Powell, she kills him by delivering a chop to his throat. Realistically speaking such a move would have crushed Powell's trachea and caused him to gasp for air until he suffocated. His death would have taken several minutes yet, he falls dead instantly as soon as Lara delivers the final blow.
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All the characters in the Siberian model of the Solar System are using orange glow sticks, despite the entire cave being completely lit.
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In the first tomb, there are piles and piles of lit candles, despite the tomb being sealed for thousands of years.
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Upon entering the tomb with the model of the solar system, all the characters shed their jackets and, in Lara's case, capes. However, they are still inside of an ice cave in the Siberian mountains. Surely they would all be freezing cold.
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There is no way that the pillar Lara rides to burst the glass urn in the first tomb would still be swinging hard/far enough for it to do any damage to the Vishnu statue that comes to life, also even if it was, the pillar can not possibly be so light that someone of Angelina Jolie/Lara Croft's size could alter it's path so dramatically.
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Plot holes 

Lord Richard Croft states that the two halves of the triangle were taken from the city in the crater and hidden at opposite ends of the earth. Despite this the second half is found in the city itself in Siberia, and the first in Cambodia, on the same continent.
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Lara's whole goal in the film is to destroy the triangle so the Illuminati can't use it's evil power, however, after successfully getting the first half at the first tomb, she spends the entire third act trying to acquire the second half in order to destroy them both. The problem is that she has one piece already and one half can not work without joining it with the other, so why doesn't she just destroy the one she has, rendering the second piece useless?
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Both tombs contain an obvious error. The first is (judging by how far Lara falls) located deep underground, and the second is located in a cave in the Siberian mountains, however each is amazingly well lit, considering neither should have a source of sunlight.
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At the end of the film, Lara goes back in time to save Alex, but when she does this, the Triangle is floating a few feet away. The problem is that she has returned to a time before they put the triangle together, so why is it there?
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Lara finds the clock at night. She then goes to Bryce's trailer, where it is pitch black, and mentions that it is five in the morning. One would assume that she immediately went to Bryce after finding the clock, however Lara then tells him that she "found it last night". So Lara waiting at least 5 hours before consulting with Bryce? Furthermore, there is light flooding through all of the mansion's windows during this scene. Lara then leaves to go to the auction house and it it clearly the middle of the day. How long did it take Lara to show Bryce the clock considering it was completely dark out when she woke him up to come look at it?
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The model of the solar system is inside an ice cave in the freezing, snow covered Siberian mountains. However, there is a pool of un-frozen water at the models base.
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It is never explained in any way how Lara knows exactly how to assemble the Triangle.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Powell pulls the knife out of his shoulder, the blade is obviously retractable.
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During the attack on her mansion, Lara picks up a commando between her legs, and with the help of her bungee cord, throws him into two other commandos. When they fall, you can clearly see that the HK G36's they're carrying are rubber, because one of the barrels bends as it hits the ground and stays at an awkward angle.
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Lara and her vehicle are parachuted into Cambodia. The parachute canopies are far too small to safely deliver that kind of mass.
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When the mercenaries attack Lara's mansion, they apparently bring bungee cord ropes. Since some of the mercenaries were setting up mid-air perches, you would think that they would be using non-bouncing ropes.
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In the opening fight scene, Lara slams her back against a sarcophagus in order to pause to reload her guns. The sarcophagus gives forward and shakes in reaction to Lara's back, revealing it to be made of rubber or some soft material in order to not hurt Angelina Jolie's back.
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In various scenes you can see a medium-to-dark skin patch covering Angelina Jolie Pitt's "Billy Bob Thornton" and dragon tattoos on her left shoulder.
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Before the attack in Lara's mansion she receives a letter from her father. Before she opens the letter she looks at it and appears to be reading something on the front of the paper, however she then flips the paper over and the paper can be clearly seen as blank.
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Manfred Powell uses an Ericsson mobile phone without opening the "flip" mouthpiece. One cannot make/receive voice calls on that model unless the flip is opened.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Powell pulls out the knife and throws it at Alex, it is spinning. When Lara has time reverse, the knife is moving straight.
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When Manfred Powell is laying on the tomb floor at the end of the movie, with a knife stuck in his chest, he is laying down using a small step as a "pillow" and in the next shot the step is up under the small of his back. The next shot he is using it as a "pillow" again.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Lara returns back in time and intercepts the knife being thrown at Alex, time is frozen while she twists the knife around redirecting it towards Powell; yet the orrery in the background continues to rotate.
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