Angelina Jolie, Iain Glen
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.