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

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Adventurer Lara Croft goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora's Box, before an evil scientist finds it, and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her.

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Jan de Bont

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Dean Georgaris (screenplay), Steven E. de Souza (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Lara Croft
Gerard Butler ... Terry Sheridan
Ciarán Hinds ... Jonathan Reiss
Chris Barrie ... Hillary (as Christopher Barrie)
Noah Taylor ... Bryce
Djimon Hounsou ... Kosa
Til Schweiger ... Sean
Simon Yam ... Chen Lo
Terence Yin ... Xien
Daniel Caltagirone ... Nicholas Petraki
Fabiano Martell ... Jimmy Petraki
Jonny Coyne ... Gus Petraki (as Jonathan Coyne)
Robert Cavanah ... MI6 Agent Stevens
Ronan Vibert ... MI6 Agent Calloway
Lenny Juma Lenny Juma ... Village Leader
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Storyline

Off the coast of the volcanic island of Santorini, the intrepid archaeologist, Lara Croft, makes the unexpected discovery of a throbbing golden orb able to guide its holder to the mythical Pandora's Box. As the legendary artefact contains ancient mysteries of unfathomable power, Lara needs to make sure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands, especially the unscrupulous former Nobel Prize winner and now a bio-weapons dealer, Jonathan Reiss. With the aid of the former agent, Terry Sheridan, the fearless adventurer travels the world in pursuit of the precious item; however, can she retrieve it in time to save the day? Written by Nick Riganas

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

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Official Sites:

Paramount

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USA | Germany | Japan | UK | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

25 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomb Raider 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Amboseli National Park, Kenya See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$263,322 (Hong Kong), 25 July 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,783,641, 27 July 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,660,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,505,388
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Djimon Honsou later starred in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). The film's plot revolves around an orb which the film's main antagonist (Played in that film by Lee Pace) is after. See more »

Goofs

When Lara and Terry are sliding down the rope, Terry starts out firing to his left with his gun in his right hand, right arm stretched across his body, and holding the rope with his left hand. Farther down the slide, he is shooting to his left with his gun in his left hand, left arm outstretched, holding the rope with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The opening logos for Paramount and Mutual Films are projected onto water. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #30.1 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Reason Is Treason
by Sergio Pizzorno and Chris Karloff
Performed by Kasabian
Courtesy of BMG UK & Ireland Limited
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I enjoyed it for what it was, but not as good as the first.
29 July 2003 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This movie was all right, kept me entertained for the most part, but it needed more and less. The story is a bit better this time in parts, but it is also worse in others. I was kind of hoping I would hate this movie as most critics and people seem to, but I enjoyed it so now I suppose I will get private messages from people saying I should hate the movie. Well don't bother writing me please. The movie starts out with a cool underwater temple scene, and this is the highlight of the movie. It is also the only part in the movie that feels like the tomb raider video game. The rest of the movie has some good stuff, but it doesn't feel like tomb raider, more like a spy movie or something. At one point there is a scene with monsters that look like they belong in the Lord of the Ring movies. For what it was worth it was ok, but these monsters were kind of out of place. At least the stone warriors from the first movie have actually appeared in the game. I would also love to see Lara go into an actual tomb for once. Sure the underwater temple was cool, but it was just one room. Like the first one all the tombs here are usually one room. Can't they have here go through a really long tomb with multiple traps and stuff for her to shoot at? Also, I wish she would have used her guns more. I shoot more in five minutes of the video game than she does in this entire movie, and she always loses her weapons too. Not that I don't want to see character development and stuff, but this is a movie based on a game, it should be a bit more action packed than what we get. All in all though it was okay, I enjoyed it, but it just wasn't as good as the first for me.


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