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
Hillary, Lara's butler, is much younger than the elderly butler that appears in the games (Tomb Raider II, III and Chronicles). See more »
When young Lara is watching the planets orbiting on the orrery, they are moving clockwise as seen from above. They should be moving anti-clockwise. 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 »
Original version of the film included another shower scene where Lara is showering in an outdoor location near some big plants. This scene is shown being filmed in the "Digging Into Tomb Raider" making-of. Nude versions of shower scenes and one where Lara throws her towel away were filmed with nude body double of Angelina Jolie, but all scenes were cut for PG-13 rating. See more »
Terra Firma (Lara's Mix)
By Bill Leeb
Performed by Delerium featuring Aude
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
Aude performs courtesy of Polydor France
Contains elements from "Requiem Aeternam #2"
Performed by Chanticleer
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It is trivial to me how studios can pack a film with so much technical wizardry, balletic action sequences and massive set pieces and still deliver such a shallow, empty film. Hence 'Tomb Raider', a film that you really want to enjoy, but just cannot seem to immerse yourself within the films' uselessly complex plot and ridiculous comedy bits.
Angelina Jolie was supposed to be catapulted to the title of Female Action Star. Yet, while she does a satisfying job at keeping this mess of a film together, she just cannot make us believe we should care fore her and her cause.
She stars as Lara Croft, an imagining of a popular video game that sets the background for this film. Like other characters, she must save the world. This time, our character must find a mysterious triangle that if found, can give its' owner the power of God. Furthermore, this triangle must be brought together since it was broken into two pieces thousands of years ago at the exact moment of alignment of the planets. If you find this confusing and useless, it is. This plot allows our hero to travel the world and shoot her guns in extravagant locations amidst the bass pounding music of techno in the background. It is a popular saying but the bigger they are - the harder they fall. As we speak, this film is still falling.
The major inconsistency within this film is its' ridiculous plot. It is so mangled up and scraped together that we know things blowing up are just excuses so she can run away from them and see her bountiful breasts jiggling all the way. Anyone who knows the Lara Croft character knows that her biggest attribute is not her ability to elude danger, but her breasts.
The script also calls for Jon Voight to appear in flashbacks as Lara's father who disappeared many years ago. This is a pitiful attempt to add cause and justice to her duty to be a good daughter and listen to her daddy. In my opinion, this only adds to the sappiness and stupidity of this film that the studio heads actually accepted this horrible script in order to produce this film.
There really is not much to say about this weak film except to defend myself in all the midst of this negativity. One would expect a film of this calibre and budget to expose the audience to a few thrills and exciting sequences, instead, we are insulted. Insulted by the level of ineptness by the filmmaker's to create a fun, exciting, fresh piece that is at least remotely entertaining. Instead, we are left with a recycled, cliched film that leaves no cliché unturned.
Director Simon West (Con Air, The General's Daughter) does his best with this horrible script and sets up the action sequences in a stylistic way but not even that is enough for adventure fans that have not grown to care for our female heroin. In conclusion, to sum up this film in one sentence - probably this summer's biggest disappointment. The only good thing about this film is that one will wait until the end credits to hear U2's 'Elevation: Tomb Raider Mix' putting a close to this bad film.
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