Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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Director: Simon West

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Noah Taylor

     
 

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A popular video game comes to the screen with this big-budget adventure starring Angelina Jolie as a buxom heroine recalling equal parts Indiana Jones and James Bond. Jolie is Lara Croft, a proper British aristocrat groomed at schools for the children of the elite. Croft leads a double life, however, as an acquirer of lost antiquities through questionable means,… See more details below

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A popular video game comes to the screen with this big-budget adventure starring Angelina Jolie as a buxom heroine recalling equal parts Indiana Jones and James Bond. Jolie is Lara Croft, a proper British aristocrat groomed at schools for the children of the elite. Croft leads a double life, however, as an acquirer of lost antiquities through questionable means, highly trained in combat skills with the help of a robotic opponent called Simon. Despite her exciting profession and a life of wealth and breeding, Lara pines for her father, Lord Croft (Jon Voight), whose passing left her orphaned. On the eve of a celestial event that will also mark the anniversary of Lord Croft's death, Lara comes up against an ancient organization called the Illuminati, represented by the sinister Powell (Iain Glen), who's in pursuit of an ancient relic with power over time and even death itself. With the aid of her high-tech support team, Lara travels to some exotic locales in search of the artifact, including a foray into a decrepit Asian temple guarded by lethal stone apes and other creatures that spring to life. Filmed at various locations in Great Britain as well as Iceland and the Angkor Wat temples of Cambodia, Tomb Raider co-stars Noah Taylor, Chris Barrie, Daniel Craig, Rachel Appleton, Leslie Phillips, Mark Collie, and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A rollicking, action-packed adventure film in the tradition of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the recent Mummy movies, Tomb Raider belies its electronic origin by substituting shapely, sinewy, and sultry Angelina Jolie for the popular video game's two-dimensional heroine. She's well cast as Lara Croft, the aristocratic adventuress who's equally at home in posh London tearooms and musty Egyptian tombs. An ancient memento left to Lara by her late father (played by Jolie's real-life dad, Jon Voight) is the key to uncovering a long-lost talisman whose possession grants power over time itself. A centuries-old secret society, represented by suave villain Iain Glen and marginally scrupulous adventurer Daniel Craig, uses the opportunity of a rare planetary alignment to secure the talisman -- and only Lara can prevent them from using its incomprehensible power for evil ends. Director Simon West (The General's Daughter) clearly realizes that he's not doing Shakespeare; he encourages the cast to approach their chores with tongues planted firmly in cheeks, and they oblige him in such a way as to make Tomb Raider an enjoyable and fast-paced (if wildly improbable) romp. Jolie's histrionic ability isn't taxed nearly as much as her athletic ability, but she tackles speeches and stunts alike with appropriate brio and is never less than utterly convincing in her action scenes. Tomb Raider, like its inspiration, is fast, loud, and strikingly visual -- and, also like its inspiration, lots of fun. The DVD extras include a Simon West commentary, interviews with cast members, four deleted scenes, documentaries on the film's visual effects and stunt sequences, an overview of the Tomb Raider phenomenon, an alternate title sequence, and a U2 music video, along with DVD-ROM content related to the video game.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Here is a movie so monumentally silly, yet so wondrous to look at, that only a churl could find fault.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
UPC:
0097360703948
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Time:
1:40:00
Format:
HD

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Simon West; Digging Into Tomb Raider; Crafting Lara Croft; The Stunts of Tomb Raider; The Visual Effects of Tomb Raider; Are You Game?; Deleted scenes; U2 music video: "Elevation" Tomb Raider Mix; Alternate main title; Teaser trailer HD; Trailer HD

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft
Jon Voight Lord Croft
Noah Taylor Bryce
Iain Glen Manfred Powell
Daniel Craig Alex West
Chris Barrie Hillary
Julian Rhind-Tutt Mr. Pimms
Richard Johnson Distingiushed Gentleman
Leslie Phillips Wilson

Technical Credits
Simon West Director,Adaptation,Screenwriter
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
David Allday Art Director
Stuart Baird Executive Producer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Colleary Original Story
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Jeremy Heath-Smith Executive Producer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Chris Kenny Co-producer,Executive Producer
Sonja Klaus Set Decoration/Design
Bobby Klein Co-producer,Executive Producer
David Lee Art Director
Lloyd Levin Producer
Gerry Madden Asst. Director
Patrick Massett Screenwriter
Peter Menzies Cinematographer
Jim Morahan Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
Dallas Puett Editor
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Glen Scantlebury Editor
Mike Werb Original Story
Su Whitaker Art Director
Colin Wilson Producer
John Zinman Screenwriter

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