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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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$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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Considered to be an updated version of 1985Red Sonja. Lara Croft sets out to retrieve an orb from Jonathan Reiss, with help from Terry Sheridan, who is a mercenary. See more »


Jonathan Reiss's private jet is shown landing in what appears to be Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, with the distinctive HK skyline in the background. Kai Tak Airport was closed 6 July 1998 at 01:28, with the last arrival at Kai Tak occurring on 5 July 1998 at runway 13 at 23:38. As the film was released in 2003, Reiss should have arrived at the new Chek Lap Kok Airport on Lantau island - Hong Kong island's skyline cannot be seen from Chek Lap Kok Airport. See more »


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Adventures and action-packed in charge of a video-game heroine
9 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

The movie centers on Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) who's assigned by the British Intelligence -MI6- to discover the Pandora box that the baddies (Ciaran Hinds and Til Schweiger) want to find with the purpose of ruling the world . She's helped by an imprisoned mercenary (Gerard Butler) that will be freed and two sympathetic underlings who appeared in the first part (Noah Taylor and Christhopher Barrie) . They'll have to confront amount of dangers , adventures and risks until reach their aims .

It's a run-of-the-mill action film because from the beginning to the final the frenetic action and fast movement is continued . The picture blends emotion , intrigue , thriller , suspense , rip-roaring scenes and a little bit of violence when the fights happen . It's a film pretty bemusing . It's a typical modern action film : continuous struggles in leaps and bounds , running men while are shooting and interminable pursuits . Besides , there are spellbound landscapes of various countries where the starring are travelling around the world to resolve the enigmas . The ending confrontation amongst the protagonists and enemies on the Kilimanjaro's skirts is breathtaking . The picture is similar to previous part with the difference in this latter there is a adventure chum (Gerard Butler) playing a type of ¨buddy movie¨ . Thus , the storyline is basically a rehash of the former picture . Just as in the first film, there are several scenes in which the live-action Lara mimics the computer game version, in particular a scene in which she climbs around a pagoda and pole-vaults to a helicopter , she also takes a nasty fall as the animated Lara was prone to do . The film attained moderated success at box office , less than the first , and not as good as the anterior . I don't know if the producers are going to make a third part .

David Tattersall's cinematography is glittering and glimmer as reflected on the awesome and impressive outdoors in charge of the production design by Petruccelli . Alan Silvestri's music is atmospheric and marvelous. The motion picture was well directed by Jan de Bont (Speed). It's very spectacular , it's a film for adrenaline lovers . The yarn will appeal to Angelina Jolie and Lara Croft videogames fans.

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