Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (DVD)
Starring Angelina Jolie et al
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Steve, . 5 December 2003
LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE
A film review by Steve Rhodes
Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes
RATING (0 TO ****): * 1/2
Welcome to LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE, the latest Lara Croft video game, oops I mean film. This much you'll have to give it -- if you have to watch a movie this miserable, it helps enormously to have Angelina Jolie as its eponymous lead. With her butter-smooth, well-tanned skin, her bee-sting lips and her curvaceous body, Jolie has the perfect looks of a fashion model designed by a computer. She is always stunning, which is something her latest movie never is.
The plot concerns a hunt for the infamous Pandora's Box. Along the way, Croft gets to blast away on her big, silver guns and gets to slug a menacing shark right in his snout. THE SUM OF ALL FEARS's Ciarán Hinds plays the story's villain, Dr. Jonathan Reece. Dr. Reece is a Nobel Prize winner who has turned into a bio bad boy. He has designs on the box so that he can unleash a biological catastrophe on the world and turn a tidy profit in the bargain.
Is this Lara Croft movie better than the first one? I guess, but that's not exactly a ringing endorsement. Other than ogling Jolie, there's simply no reason whatsoever to see it.
LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE runs 1:58. It is rated PG-13 for "action violence and some sensuality" and would be acceptable for kids around 10 and up.
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