Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ***

by Robbie Fleming

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a 2001 action-adventure film based on the Tomb Raider video game series. Directed by Simon West, the film follows Lara Croft (played by Angelina Jolie) trying to obtain ancient artefacts from the Illuminati. Iain Glen, Daniel Craig, Noah Taylor, Jon Voight and Chris Barrie also star in supporting roles.

Released in 2001, the film met with negative reviews although Angelina Jolie was praised for her performance as Croft. However, the film was a box office success and grossed $274.7 million worldwide. A sequel film was made in 2003 called The Cradle of Life.

As this film turned 20 years old this year, I thought I'd do a review of it. Even though I've rarely played the Tomb Raider video games, I've enjoyed watching the films because I like Lara as a character. So after my most recent viewing of the film, here are my thoughts on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

I like the concept of a Tomb Raider film and personally think that this is one of the best video game films I've seen. I think Lara's adventure in this film makes for a good story but really feels short because of the short runtime and jumps quickly between scenes and location. For the first adaptation of a Tomb Raider film, I think it manages to try and get film audiences into the Tomb Raider franchise.

Angelina Jolie's performance is definitely the highlight of the film thanks to how she looks like the character and how perfect she can pull her voice. I think Jolie delivers a good English accent for her version of Lara and really captures the character perfectly thanks to her brilliant performance. Although I think Craig gives out a weak performance as Lara's former lover, Iain Glen, Jon Voight, Noah Taylor and Chris Barrie give out strong supporting performances in the film.

Although the action sequences are entertaining, the production values and special effects do feel outdated for modern standards. The cinematography does manage to capture the settings and locations for Lara's adventure but does fall short in looking like a visual work of art. The soundtrack and score however, are excellent and really fits well with the tone of the film.

Overall, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider might not be the best film ever made, but I still find it fun to watch because of the action scenes and Jolie's performance. Its a shame about the story and production values making this film fall shorts in some aspect but I give this film a 3 star rating. If your a fan of the Tomb Raider video games, action films or Angelina Jolie, then I highly recommend you check this film out.

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