Monday, 3 March 2014

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Review

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Release Date: 21st June 2001 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Mutual Film Company
Lawrence Gordon Productions
Eidos Interactive Ltd

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: M

Runtime: 100 minutes

Budget: $115,000,000

Box Office Gross: $274,703,340

Plot Summary
Exploring lost empires, finding
priceless treasures, punishing
villains in mortal combat "it's
all in a day's work for
adventurer Lara Croft. But a
secret from her father's past
is about to lead Lara to her
greatest challenge: The
Triangle of Light, a legendary
artifact with the power to
alter space and time. Lara
must find the Triangle before
it falls into the clutches of the
Illuminati, a secret society
bent on world domination.
To stop the Illuminati, Lara
will have to survive a cross-
continental chase filled with
unimaginable danger. But for
the Tomb Raider, danger is
the name of the game.

Angelina Jolie - Lara Croft
Daniel Craig - Alex West
Iain Glen - Manfred Powell
Jon Voight - Lord Richard Croft
Noah Taylor - Bryce
Chris Barrie - James "Hilly" Hilary
Leslie Phillips - Mr. Wilson
Julian Rhine-Tutt - Mr. Pimms
Robert Phillips - Julius, Assault Team Leader
Rachel Appleton - Young Lara

Adaptation/Director - Simon West
Story - Sam B. Cooper, 
Mike Webb and Michael 
Screenplay - Patrick Massett 
and John Zinman
Executive Producers - Jeremy Heath Smith and Stuart Baird
Producers - Lawrence Gordon, 
Lloyd Levin and Colin Wilson 
Co-Producers - Chris Kenny and Bobby Klein
Production Designer - Kirk M. 
Director of Photography - Peter Menzies Jr.
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator -  
Simon Crane
Visual Effects Supervisors - Steven Begg
and Sean Schur
Film Editors - Dallas Puett, Glen Scantlebury,
Eric Strand and Mark Warner
Music - Graeme Revell

This is one of those films that failed to push the benchmark of its original source. I'm vaguely familiar with the set of games of TOMB RAIDER and have only played the second game, but would like to play more. Unfortunately, I never got to succeed in all of the stages or to get past its difficulties, I wound up watching the movie instead. Now known as a movie guru in later years, I looked back at LARA CROFT and seeing that it lacked the detail of a great game movie adaptation. The film is downplayed by outdated CGI, the writing structure is generally dull with the game's presentation. Remained untouched of its accomplished achievements are the cinematic action scenes. 

The scenes are well-choreographed and saved the movie from failing. This movie also has its other saviour, the extremely good cast including future 007 Daniel Craig for one of his early acting roles. I positively commend Angelina Jolie's superficial performance as Lara Croft. Every once and a while, films casts certain actors for certain roles and as the responder you just know they are the right performers for that role and could not possibly be replaced by another actor. For example, Arnie for THE TERMINATOR. This for me was one of those parts, Angie was born for this role. 

When it comes to the film of LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, it isn't as deplorable when it should not have been. History has shown game movie adaptions sometimes flop at the box office, e.g. SUPER MARIO BROS and DOOM. It neither surpasses Indiana Jones by its approach, but it's a rather average flick that is good to succeed to spawn one sequel. This is okay to watch it in for one time viewing.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

1 comment:

  1. It has been quite a while since I watched this movie, but from what I remember, I agree. If the recent Tomb Raider video game was adapted into a movie, I think it would be fantastic though. The story is much darker and all around better.