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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider- The Cradle of Life (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie, Ciarán Hinds, Noah Taylor
  • Directors: Jan de Bont
  • Writers: Dean Georgaris, James V. Hart, Steven E. de Souza
  • Producers: Holly Goline, Jeremy Heath-Smith, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Release Date: Nov. 18 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABE5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,641 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle Of Life (Special Collector's Edition)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life didn't match the box office success of the original Tomb Raider, but it is easily a much better film. Basically, Cradle of Life is just a lot more fun than the first movie. Since the audience doesn't have to be told exactly who Lara Croft is, director Jan de Bont can get right into the action immediately with a classic Lara Croft entrance. Once the foot is on the pedal, there's no letting up on the gas until the very end, as this film is just packed with incredible action, one exotic locale after another, and - most importantly - Angelina Jolie. Sure, the premise of the story (a real life Pandora's Box that contains the deadliest weapon known to man) is a little less than believable, but this is an action movie, not a PBS documentary. There's also a surprising amount of depth to the character of Lara Croft in this movie, and that only adds to the film's strengths.

An earthquake off the coast of Greece leads Lara to the long-lost Lunar Temple of Alexander the Great and an artifact that points the way to Pandora's Box - which is suddenly something quite more than the stuff of mythology. Ancient armies had been decimated by the mysteriously evil powers lurking within Pandora's Box, and it must be found before it falls into the wrong hands of the impeccably nasty Jonathan Reiss (Ciaran Hinds), who plans to sell its secrets to as many terrorists as he can. Unfortunately, the all-important clue falls into the hands of a notorious Chinese gang, and Lara - for once - needs help finding the club's secret hideout. She asks for and gets Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler), a man who betrayed his country as well as Lara herself. The dynamic duo make a most memorable entry into China, where more elaborate action scenes quickly ensue.
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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.
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I saw this movie for free, as a friend of mine (for reasons I cannot fathom) bought it and loaned it to me, knowing that I am a huge fan of the Indiana Jones movies. I can understand someone thinking that a similar film might appeal to me, but when that film is absolute crud ... well. I knew that both this film and the one which preceded it (which I have mercifully not yet seen) were both based on video games, but this was not necessarily a bad thing: after all, "The Pirates of the Carribean" was based on an amusement park ride, and yet the movie was still very enjoyable (of course, that movie had some truly talented artists working behind it, such as Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp). But perhaps that particular movie was an exception to the rule ... it's very possible that movies based on video games/rides/other sorts of not-exactly-literate entertainment generally aren't that great (but it would be nice if they were). But what exactly were my problems with this movie? I've got a list of them, and here they are in no particular order:
The first complaint that comes to mind for this has to do with the music. Though it wouldn't be so bad if we heard it just a time or two, the "theme music" for this movie, a sort of "Lawrence of Arabia"-style sweeping orchestra piece, gets pretty danged irritating the fortieth or so time we hear it.
Second, there's Lara Croft's outfits. They aren't practical adventuring gear ... they're obviously costumes. That's the vibe I got right away, when first we saw her jetskiing in that skin-tight silver thing. She's an archaeologist, not a model, for crying out loud! Not only that, but Angelina Jolie, in spite of how well she pulled off the British accent, seemed totally phony and unbelievable in the role.
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By Lealing on April 30 2004
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Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) returns in another action packed adventure. The action starts off in Santorini, Greece, where a lost city is discovered submerged under the sea. Lara gets her hands on a orb which will lead to the discovery of Pandora's Box. She is attacked by a Chinese group called the Shay Ling and loses the precious Orb. The Orb is a shining globe which when decoded will show the map of where Pandora's Box is hidden. Lara is enlisted by M16 to snatch back the Orb before it falls int o the wrong hands of the enemy who is intent on unleashing the evils withing Pandor'a Box. The adventure continues across the continents to China and then Africa.
I enjoyed the first film but felt that this particular film lacked the excitment of the first. Angelina does a good jobn with her English accent. Some of the "horror" scenes particularly through the jungle of woods in Africa were laughable and unbelievable but this is a fantasy film. Watch this film if you have nothing better to do.
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