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Action, Alternative Reality, Drama - Family

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A computer game of the same name
Writers/Script Patrick Massett, John Zinman
Additional Info The story developed by Sara B Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary and adapted by Simon West
Director Simon West
Starring Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig, Richard Johnson, Chris Barrie, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Leslie Phillips
Elevator Pitch Lady Lara Croft , an extremely rich and unfeasably sexy female explorer finds an unusual timepiece hidden in her mansion by her missing father, also an explorer. She takes a photo of it to a clock expert for a view, putting in train a race to find the secret of the control of time which must be completed within hours due to a planetary alignment which only takes place every 5000 years.
Content A number of completely loony set pieces, involving the heroine and numerous heavily armed special forced people, who she usually overcomes. These take place in her mansion, in the centre of an Arctic meteor strike and in ruined temples in Cambodia. Hence fights with hand guns, fists and heavier armament. A bit of rather coy nudity but really not much to offend anyone.
A View It seemed longer, and I suppose by now we have seen many movies involving stone edifices coming to life, so one gets the impression that the set pieces lacked ingenuity. As usual the fighting went on for too long, but many of the lesser scenes were not too bad. It did make some money and so spawned a sequel, but I would not really recommend it.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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