Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

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14 October 2001 | Spleen
At least it had (a) Angelina Jolie, and (b) Arnold Rimmer
The use of space in the bunjee-jumping-inside fight scene is masterful - all three dimensions are used in a clever way. But I only worked this out afterwards. It was the choreographer's work that was masterful; the idiots who filmed and edited it did their darndest to make it choppy, incoherent, and unexciting. As if that weren't enough, someone - it may have been the composer, it may have been the director - thought that the action scenes would be best accompanied by a tuneless, relentless, jackhammer techno beat.

"Tomb Raider" is "Raiders of the Lost Ark" emulated by people who haven't seen it. If they HAD seen it, they'd know that Spielberg edited his action sequences so as to let the audience know what was going on, to give us an idea of where the hero stood and what obstacles he faced; also that John Williams wrote actual MUSIC, complete with themes and chords and rhythms and consecutive bars that often as not differed from one another.

I'm not familiar with the computer game - if I were, I would be doubly grateful to see Angelina Jolie in the leading role. It must get tiring looking at large computer-generated breasts that just SIT there, like cast-iron balloons. Oddly, the audience I was with tittered because Jolie's breasts bounced as she walked downstairs. I don't get the joke. That's what breasts, by and large, DO - those of Hollywood actresses being an unfortunate exception to the general rule. -Anyway, all this aside, Jolie was, as always, terrific, when the film allowed her to be. This wasn't often. Usually I can at least decipher the storyline of a film afterwards, but this one has me baffled. It SEEMS that the film's heroine, in order to Save the World, merely had to sit still and do nothing - and KNOWING this, she Endangered the World, so that she could later save it in a more rope-swinging, kick-boxing, ammo-expending fashion. But surely nobody would spend millions of dollars on a film with this central weakness ... would they?

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Trivia

Angelina Jolie took drug tests to test her mental well-being during filming, due to concerns about the rumors of drug use, and her relationship with Billy Bob Thornton.


Quotes

Lara Croft: Stop!


Goofs

During the shower scene near the beginning of the film, the shower head style changes between a waterfall style and a standard spray type. You can see in some of the cuts that the waterfall does not have any spray coming off it but in other cuts her head is surrounded by spray from a standard shower head.


Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title has been shown.


Alternate Versions

The R1 DVD includes four deleted scenes:

  • Wilson meets Powell and Pimms in a construction area, where he gives them all his notes about the clock. Then Powell beheads Wilson and asks Pimms to bag the head...
  • After Julius, the assault team leader, has deliverd the clock, Powell says to Pimms that Croft is still in the game and that they might even need to hire her.
  • While talking to Croft in Venice, Powell explains to her what the Illuminati are and what they do. He suggests they could be partners, to which Croft replys "You might try to kill me." Powell answers "I'm not gonna kill you." Crofts response is "No. I said "try"."
  • Still in Venice, Lara visits Alex while he is playing cards with some other guys, who leave right away. Lara tells Alex that he is working for some very bad people, and that the problem about him is that he can't be trusted. She then says "I know what you are", throws a card which spins around his head back into her hand (boomerang-like): it's the Joker. Then she grabs the triangle which he has hidden under the table and leaves.
  • The documentary "Crafting Lara Croft" features a slightly longer version of Powell's Death. After Laras punch, he hits the floor and is then wrapped up in light.


Soundtracks

Piano Concerto in F Minor
By
Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Hae-Won Chang
With Robert Stankovsky and The Camerata Cassovia
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q

Storyline

Plot Summary


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Genres

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

15 June 2001

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA, UK, Japan, Germany

Filming Locations

Iceland

Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,735,743 (USA) (17 June 2001)

Gross:

$131,144,183 (USA) (23 September 2001)

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