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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  25 July 2003 (USA)
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Adventuress Lara Croft goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora's Box before an evil scientist and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her.



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Hillary (as Christopher Barrie)
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Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, the orb falls into the hands of Jonathan Reiss, an evil scientist who deals in killer viruses and hopes to sell the secrets of the box as the ultimate weapon. Recruited by British Intelligence to get the orb back from Reiss, Lara recruits Terry Sheridan, a British marine turned mercenary (and her former love interest) to help. The two embark on an adventure that spans continents in an attempt to regain the orb... Written by Gavin Nelson

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Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2003 (USA)  »

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Tomb Raider 2  »

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$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,783,641 (USA) (25 July 2003)


$65,653,758 (USA) (7 November 2003)

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Max Ryan screen-tested for the role of Terry Sheridan. See more »


Terry Sheridan is described as "formerly a commander with the Royal Marines". While the Royal Marines is part of the UK's Naval Service, it follows the British Army's rank structure, not the Royal Navy's. His correct rank would be lieutenant colonel - the equivalent of commander. See more »


[first lines]
Jimmy Petraki: They found another one. There's going to be no treasure left by the time she gets here.
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Edited into Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (2003) See more »


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Quite good, indeed.
24 August 2003 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

I thought the movie was nicely paced, and the action was, to say the least, pretty darn good. Granted, the story line could have been "fished" out a bit, Ms. Jolie's action made up for that short fall. Being a huge fan of Mr. Chris Barrie, it was nice to see the character of Hillary have more to do than just clean up after the mansion gets raided. Let's hope the next installment has the same action, fast paced locations and even more realism in the storyline. All in all, The Cradle of Life hits almost all the right notes. Ms. Jolie has done some fine work here.

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