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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (Full Screen Special Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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Le film est très bon. Il ne pouvais pas choisir meilleur actrice pour ce film. En regardant, le contenu supplémentaire, je me suis rendue compte à quelle... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gillian
So long i had waiting for this one in Blu-Ray. It was made in HD-DVD in Europe a few years ago. Now I'm so happy to have it with the firt Tom Rider in my collection, and i would... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2014 by Rick
I love all the Tomb Raider movies and this movie came fast and was in excellent condition. I recommend everyone to buy this for the fact of it being an exciting moviePublished on Aug. 15 2013 by LEOPARDGAL
Purchased to go with the other Angina Jolie movie we currently own. Nice to have them both in our collection of movies.Published on Dec 31 2012 by Becky Scott
J'ai adoré quand j'ai écouter la première fois et j'adore encore, angelina rock dans ce film-là, beaucoup d'action faut justement que j'aille les... Read morePublished on May 2 2011 by LiLy