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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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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the movie, Lara Croft attacks a bad guy using very sophisticated movements with an antique rifle. Her movements are taken from the Queen Anne Salute used by the U.S. Army Drill Team. See more »

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Lara claims that the Lunar Temple on Santorini was buried in a volcanic eruption around 333 BC. In fact, the eruption that destroyed most of Santorini has been dated to about 1645 BC. See more »

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

The movie centers on Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) who is 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 is 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 .

Run-of-the-mill action film because from the beginning to the final the frenetic action , thrills and fast movement are continued and unstopped . The picture blends emotion , intrigue , thriller , suspense , rip-roaring scenes and a little bit of violence when the fights happen . It is a film pretty bemusing and entertaining . 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 traveling 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 an adventure chum (Gerard Butler) playing a type of ¨buddy movie¨ role. 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 are mingled with the computer generator effects . The film attained moderated success at box office , less than the first one , 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 is well reflected on the awesome and impressive outdoors in charge of the production designer Petruccelli . Alan Silvestri's music is atmospheric and marvelous . The motion picture was well directed by Jan De Bont (Speed) . It is very spectacular , it is a film for adrenaline lovers . The yarn will appeal to Angelina Jolie and Lara Croft videogames fans.


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