Angelina Jolie reprises her role as the adventuring hero Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, The Cradle of Life. While the first movie was long on action and short on plot, they effectively do a 180 degree reversal in this sequel.
The plot involves the race between Lara and a dealer of WMDs (how convenient) to find the Cradle of Life where hidden is the literal Pandora's Box. Opening the box will unleash a weapon far more powerful than anything man can create. The dealer wants it to sell to the highest bidder and Lara wants it to keep it hidden.
Unfortunately much of the action of the first is lost, primarily due to the sub plot involving Lara and an old flame, a mercenary she rescues from prison to help her on the quest. Not sure why they insist on giving Lara a love interest in every movie as it only serves to slow things down and kill the male fantasy.
More importantly, in both movies she's now found herself rescued by her male partner. Isn't SHE supposed to be the hero here? I think it really cheapens the character.
Anyway, the fact is Cradle of Life is just plain boring. I found myself nodding off on a few occasions. The Tomb Raider movies have been able to capture none of the fun and adventuring spirit of the video games, let alone Indiana Jones movies that they were modeled after.
You have exotic locales and secret tombs and such, but it all comes off very flat. I think for the franchise to survive they really need a new director.