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Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life (2003)

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Lara goes on an underwater archological expedition to a temple off Santorini where she discovers a glowing orb, which apparently will provide directions to Pandora’s Box. She recruits a former special forces soldier to assist her and together they travel the world on the search, mostly remaining just ahead of the villanous Jonathan Reiss and his gang of enforcers. But when, or if, they find Pandora’s Box, what then?


Lara wears a very figure revealing silver suit to search underwater (hence providing the publicity with the sexy poster), thereafter mostly set pieces, in the underwater temple, in the Croft mansion back in UK, in Hong Kong where she and her partner wear flight suits, in Shanghai, on the Great Wall where they ride motor bikes and in Tanzinia where they drive about in a jeep and take on monsters. There is a lot of gunfire, Lara mostly using two large hand guns, and appearing once in a towel with implied sex, some smart dialogue with Gerard Butler being allowed to be a Scotsman and a lot of product placement.

A View Despite the dashing about the world and the rest, this outing was somehow lifeless, maybe revealing that there is only so much you can do with a lady with two large pistols and not much of a story. I quite enjoyed the product placement particularly the Nokia mobile used by the villain. I had one the same when it was sort of retro chic. This sequel was generally thought to be better than the first, which is not saying much, so probably give it a miss.
Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A video game, and the first movie.
Director Jan de Bont
Writers/Script Dean Georgaris (story by Steven E. de Souza, James V. Hart)
Starring Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Barrie, Noah Taylor, Simon Yam,
Additional Info This outing made sufficient money for a third film to be considered but the idea was shelved when Angelina Jolie said she was not interested in playing Lara again. The franchise was revived in 2018, with Alicia Vikander in the role.


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