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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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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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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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2.39 : 1
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This film and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) are YouTube film critic Chris Stuckmann's biggest guilty pleasure movies. See more »

Goofs

Possible spoiler, at 1:38:12 during the sequence in the cave formation of the cradle of life, Reiss shoots at Croft, and as she dodges, a Red LED light is visible in the lower right corner of the frame (probably the battery light indicator for one of the set strobes). See more »

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Jimmy Petraki: They found another one. There's going to be no treasure left by the time she gets here.
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goofball action film
11 August 2005 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Angelina Jolie returns as a distaff Indiana Jones in "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life," an action/adventure film (based on a video game character) that is just goofy enough and inane enough to be almost entertaining.

In this follow-up adventure - which is designed to give historians and social studies teachers a severe case of the heebie-jeebies - Lara, the world-famous archaeologist and adventurist, finds evidence that the mythical Pandora's Box is really no myth at all, but rather an actual object loaded with enough plague and pestilence to wipe the entire human race off the face of the planet. It lies buried somewhere, hidden by Alexander the Great in the 4th Century B.C. when he discovered how virulent and deadly the contents of the box really were. Now, twenty-four centuries later, Lara has to try and prevent an evil billionaire capitalist from locating the container, prying open the lid, and bringing an end to civilization as we know it.

Though the storyline is clearly not one to be conjured with, all that really matters in a movie such as this one is that the action move quickly and the stunts be sufficiently enterprising to engage the audience. Credibility is the last prerequisite in a Lara Croft adventure, as evidenced by the fact that if Lara isn't parachuting smack dab onto the deck of a ship or into the passenger seat of a moving jeep, she's hitching a ride on the back of a great white shark and riding it to safety. Ah well, it's all in good fun, I suppose, and Jolie not only looks stunning in all the outfits she's been given to wear, but seems to be having a fine time playing along with the joke.

The ending is inevitably anticlimactic, but viewers can have a pretty good time getting there at least.


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