Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) disappeared.
At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
The orphaned heiress and intrepid archaeologist, Lara Croft, embarks on a dangerous quest to retrieve the two halves of an ancient artefact which controls time before it falls into the wrong hands. As an extremely rare planetary alignment is about to occur for the first time in 5,000 years, the fearless tomb raider will have to team up with rival adventurers and sworn enemies to collect the pieces, while time is running out. But, in the end, who can harness the archaic talisman's unlimited power?Written by
Eleventh highest grossing action film with a woman in the lead role. See more »
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. See more »
[after an extended action sequence with a training robot which then attempts to revive itself and sneak up on her]
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There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »
The UK theatrical, video and DVD versions are shorter than the uncut US and international versions, due to BBFC cuts. Cuts were required to what the BBFC called "glamorizing shots" of a flick knife, including the sight and/or sound of the knife opening. These cuts included a close shot of the knife covered in blood in the final fight scene, as well as sight of the knife being twirled by Powell seconds later. Also, the head butt delivered by Lara Croft in the end brawl was completely removed and substituted with a punch. The final deadly throat chop Lara gives Powell was cut for cinema release, but restored for UK video and DVD releases. Although these cuts would have been waived for a 15 certificate the distributors chose to remove the scenes for a lower 12 rating. The Blu-ray release was finally passed uncut, though upgraded to a 15 certificate, in 2009. See more »
Ain't Never Learned
By Moby (as Richard Hall)
Performed by Moby
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Better the second time around
When I first watches this movie, I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy it. It could be just that I was in the wrong mood. However, I did find the movie lacking a convincing villain challenging enough to make you root for the heroine. Indiana Jones had a good villain, Jackie Chan movies always pit him against the odds - that's what makes for good action. In Tomb Raider, not only is it clear to everyone that Lara Croft is greater than the villains by a long shot, worse still - she joins forces with them! This creates a confusing scenario where natural sympathies for the main character get thrown out the window.
However when I watched it the second time, this time without any preconceived notions and fully expecting the lack of exciting odds, I really enjoyed it for what it is - a visually appealing film with some thrilling stunts and action scenes. The fact that Angelina did her own stunts adds to the enjoyability of the key action scenes, all of which are artfully conceived and executed.
I realize many people toast this movie, but watch the movie for what it offers - some unique and stylish action. The heroine certainly does some nifty tricks that we've never seen on the big screen before, let alone from a female character.
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