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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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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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25 July 2003 (USA)  »

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Tomb Raider 2  »

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$95,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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The character of Jonathan Reiss exposes his private jet passengers to a form of Ebola. The "antidote" is a clear capsule with small black pills in it. In reality, this is a herbal medicine made in China and is a cure for an upset stomach. See more »


When describing the Temple Luna prior to diving, Lara states that it would be "the biggest find since the Pyramids." The Pyramids were never lost. 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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References Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) See more »


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Video Game Characters cannot be Brought to Hollywood Movies
19 December 2003 | by (Laredo) – See all my reviews

The second film was better than the first one in the sense that it relates to stories that are more accurate to the video games. However the fantasy used to create the stories of the video games does not suit very well hollywood movies. Successful video game stories turn out to be cheesie on the movies and a movie stories of video game characters are too far away from the original.

Who won on this movie? Tomb Raider fans happened to see their fantastic character finally materialized in a Hollywood star which matches most of the characteristics described in the original Lara Croft. Now the Tomb Raider video games are well known by the name of Angelina Jolie. Jolie's fans win because they have another opportunity to see her dressing outfits that remark her green eyes and very long black hair. Outfits that she would very rarely dress ever again, but that will certainly add more points to her sexy image. I saw the movie because I fell in love with the character materialized in Angelina Jolie. After seeing this film I ended up becoming a little fan of both: Lara Croft & Angelina Jolie. Something that I couldn't feel on the first film.

Some things that I believe are valuable to appreciate from this movie are: Jolie's professionalism to play scenes that are normally executed by stunts: Lara shooting from the horse, All martial arts fighting scenes, Playing those jetsky tricks, or doing the shooting when coming down from that rope, and when being elevated by the shark. All in all I think this film increased Jolie's sexy image in that unforgettable silver suit.

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