Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
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Angelina Jolie focuses her wild energy into outlandish heroics, and emerges with more attractiveness and credibility than all three of those silly Charlie's Angels combined.
Jolie is even hotter, faster and more commanding than last time around as the fearless heiress/adventuress, plus a little more human. The less welcome news is that most of the same shortcomings that cramped the first installment are still dogging the sequel, which delivers on action but dawdles through downtime.
Los Angeles Times
However caricatured a vision of female empowerment, Lara Croft exercises an irresistible tug not just on the adolescent male imagination but the 12-year-old female imagination as well.
Its not half bad, with cool locations and a great stunt leap from the top of a Hong Kong high-rise.
Superior to 2001's "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" in almost every way. It's better directed, more consistently acted, and its writing, while at times ridiculous, at least has a modicum of logic at its core. I still had to slap myself to stay awake.
San Francisco Chronicle
A creditable genre entry, the rare action movie with a discernible story, an assured pace and a charismatic central character. It falls apart in the end.
Even though the special effects and action sequences are good, the monsters conjured up are rather humdrum.
Bombastic it may be, but its rarely boring, as was the first Tomb Raider. Keep your expectations in line with the source material and you may be pleasantly surprised.
This is a highly enjoyable summer thrill ride with an action heroine who likes to be on top, literally and figuratively.
Cradle of lifelessness.
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