Tomb Raider
Starring:
Angelina Jolie, Iain Glen
Directed By:
Simon West
Grade C

Anyone who's played the videogame knows who Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, is. Angelina Jolie stars as the female Indiana Jones who uses both her brains and guns to get through various tombs to find all sorts of mystical treasures. In her first live-action adventure, Director Simon West brings together a high action adventure filled with wondrous locales.

Lara finds herself pitted against the mysterious Illuminati, who raid her home to steal an ancient clock that will lead them to a treasure that can alter time and give them power to rule the world. Because of this, Lara pits herself against the treacherous Powell and Alex West, an apparent former love interest. All the while, dreams and memories of her long-lost father, who warns her of this treasure, follow her in her attempts to stop the Illuminati.

As Lara Croft, Angelina Jolie does an excellent job capturing the style and ego-filled personality of her alter ego. She comes across with a firm style and personality that's played up with the geekiness of her sidekick and butler. The enemies are your usual cast of traditionally bad guys, complete with snooty British accents and testosterone-filled one-liners.

The best part of Tomb Raider is the action sequences. This movie feels like Raiders of the Lost Ark on high-speed. Some of the action sequences are done well and are fun to watch, but once you're through with the jumps and gunplay, you're forced to sit through drab plot-driven conversations. Tomb Raider goes to the "Simple Plot Convention" so often, you might wonder if you've seen this story before, just without the bigger budget.

Tomb Raider is fun for a matinee price. Some of the action sequences would surely lose their magnitude on your home TV. If you want something original or mentally challenging, then pass this one up. Otherwise, go in an enjoy yourself.

- - Kinderfeld

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