Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

"Weak"

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Review


What is it about archaeology that makes us want to go to the movies? Is it the magic of being able to breathe life into ancient legends, like the riddle of the Sphinx and the lost city of Atlantis? Is it the illusion of uncovering the secrets behind grand and mystical artifacts, like the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail? Or is it simply the white bodysuit that fits Angelina Jolie so tightly that you can't possibly avoid looking at her nipples?

If you chose the latter, you'll definitely want to arrive on time to see Tomb Raider sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, for the first twenty minutes are packed with plenty to gawk at. There's Jolie -- er, Croft -- riding in on a jet ski wearing a black sports bra and soaking wet shorts. There's Croft climbing aboard a ship as seductively as possible while two deckhands watch greedily. There's Croft appearing on deck in the all-too-critical bodysuit, ready to dive into the water and fight a shark one-on-one. And there's even Croft doing some unnecessary splits in mid-air as she rolls her way toward the mysterious "orb" -- an object that soon becomes the focus of the movie due to the fact that it holds the map to the legendary Pandora's box.

Sadly, once you've seen this much of Cradle of Life, there are few reasons left to stick around. Soon after Croft's water sport antics, director Jan De Bont introduces us to the plot of the story -- and trust me, it is nothing short of predictable.

To summarize, the story's antagonist is Jonathan Reiss (Ciarán Hinds), your typical billionaire madman who always happens to be up to no good. For reasons that are never quite clear, Reiss can't wait to get his hands on Pandora's Box and unleash its latent evil upon the world, and so he hires the leader of a notorious Chinese gang to steal the aforementioned orb right out of Croft's hands. To get it back -- and thereby save the world -- Croft must enlist the services of her former lover Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler), who is not only serving out a prison sentence at the moment, but is also the only person on the planet who can take Croft to the gang hideout. Together, the power-packed duo go on a quest for the orb that takes them across too many continents, puts them in touch with too many old friends, and throws them in the midst of too many uninspired moments of passion to elicit much more than a few snorts and eye rolls from the audience.

The end result is a movie that tries -- and fails -- to be much more than it really is. Perhaps if De Bont and screenwriter Dean Gregorias had simply focused on the one thing that teenage fans of the Lara Croft video game really wanted to see -- great action scenes involving their scantily clad heroine -- they might have had something. But as it has turned out, Cradle of Life is a movie that lets its own plot get in the way of its good parts. And what good is that?

Get De Bont's commentary on the new DVD, along with alternate scenes and the usual featurettes. Gerard Butler's screen test is also included along with a pair of music videos spawned from the film.

Wonder if she'll pop an unnecessary wheelie?



Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Facts and Figures

Run time: 117 mins

In Theaters: Friday 25th July 2003

Box Office USA: $65.6M

Box Office Worldwide: $156.5M

Budget: $95M

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures, Mutual Film Company, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Lawrence Gordon Productions, Eidos Interactive, Toho-Towa, October Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 24%
Fresh: 40 Rotten: 126

IMDB: 5.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Lara Croft, as Terry Sheridan, as Bryce, as Kosa, as Sean, as Chen Lo, as Nicholas Petraki, Fabiano Martell as Jimmy Petraki, as MI6 Agent Stevens, as MI6 Agent Calloway, as Hillary, Jonny Coyne as Gus Petraki (as Jonathan Coyne)

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

War Dogs Movie Review

War Dogs Movie Review

Based on a rather astounding true story, this comedy-drama centres on two stoners who landed...

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

After a number of films, TV series and stage adaptations, Arthur Ransome's beloved 1930 novel...

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

The original BBC sitcom The Office ran for 14 episodes from 2001 to 2003, and...

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

Bold and intelligent, this dark drama is a challenging portrait of the making of an...

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

This hugely enjoyable adventure is a loose remake of the 1977 Disney hit that blended...

Advertisement
The Shallows Movie Review

The Shallows Movie Review

With a simple premise and plenty of visual style, Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) takes...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Watching this gross-out comedy, it's clear that the gifted cast and crew had a great...

Nerve Movie Review

Nerve Movie Review

With a premise that feels almost eerily current, this stylish thriller revolves around a phone...

The Carer Movie Review

The Carer Movie Review

Brian Cox gets the role of a lifetime in this warm comedy about living life...

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Writer-director Robert Budreau takes a stylised approach to this biopic of the legendary jazz artist...

Jason Bourne Movie Review

Jason Bourne Movie Review

It's been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass collaborated on The Bourne Ultimatum,...

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

Veteran Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) returns to a smaller homegrown story after...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.