Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

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Director: Jan de Bont

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds

     
 

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This sequel to the 2001 hit video-game adaptation Lara Croft: Tomb Raider finds Jan de Bont stepping in for director Simon West, helming his first feature since 1999's The Haunting. From a script by first-time scribe Dean Georgaris, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life finds Angelina Jolie once again portraying the titular curvaceous…  See more details below

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This sequel to the 2001 hit video-game adaptation Lara Croft: Tomb Raider finds Jan de Bont stepping in for director Simon West, helming his first feature since 1999's The Haunting. From a script by first-time scribe Dean Georgaris, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life finds Angelina Jolie once again portraying the titular curvaceous adventurer. But where the first film saw Croft in a race against the Illuminati to acquire an elusive relic that offers control over life and death, this entry in the series follows the heroine as she ventures to an underwater temple in search of the mythological Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, once she secures the legendary artifact, it is promptly stolen by the villainous leader of a Chinese crime syndicate. It is then up to Lara to get the box back before an evil mastermind gets hold of it and uses it to construct a weapon of catastrophic capabilities. Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou, and Noah Taylor head up the supporting cast.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Angelina Jolie makes her second appearance as the supremely self-assured video game adventuress in this extravagantly produced, lightning-paced sequel, which is superior to the original in every way. This time around, Lady Croft searches for the mythical Pandora's Box, which is said to contain a destructive force that, if unleashed, could wipe out the earth's population in fairly short order. Having ascertained that the box actually exists in a remote region of Africa where human life is believed to have originated, Lara enlists the aid of unscrupulous adventurer Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler) and begins her perilous quest. Unfolding in a succession of exotic locations, replete with outlandish death traps and hairbreadth escapes, Cradle of Life plays just like a latter-day equivalent of the old cliff-hanger movie serials. Director Jan de Bont deserves most of the credit for the film's success; a master of the elaborately mounted action sequence, he invests his films with an internal logic that makes even the most outlandish situations seem not only possible but plausible. Refreshingly, he doesn't rely as extensively as some filmmakers do on digital effects: Real people doing real stunts accomplish most of the breathtaking feats here. On de Bont’s watch, Croft extricates herself, with a combination of skill and luck, from such wild predicaments as an underwater face-off with a shark. Jolie plays the sexy adventuress with iron-willed resolve, straight-faced sincerity, and just a smidgeon of dry wit. Butler's ethically challenged soldier of fortune makes an intriguing vis-à-vis for her, and Ciaran Hinds is chillingly convincing as a brilliant but sociopathic doctor who covets Pandora's Box for himself. Wildly imaginative and genuinely exciting, Lara Croft's second screen adventure is a rip-roaring yarn that will please thrill-seeking viewers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0097363407232
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft
Gerard Butler Terry Sheridan
Ciarán Hinds Jonathan Reiss
Chris Barrie Hillary
Noah Taylor Bryce
Djimon Hounsou Kosa
Til Schweiger Sean
Simon Yam Chen Lo
Terence Yin Xien
Daniel Caltagirone Nicholas Petraki
Fabiano Martell Jimmy Petraki
Jonathan Coyne Gus Petraki

Technical Credits
Jan de Bont Director
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Bosher Art Director
Shelly Clippard Associate Producer
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Dean Georgaris Screenwriter
Holly Goline Associate Producer
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Jeremy Heath-Smith Executive Producer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
John Hubbard Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Michael Kahn Editor
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Kirby Art Director
Sonja Klaus Set Decoration/Design
Cliff Lanning Asst. Director
Lloyd Levin Producer
James Morahan Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Louis A. Stroller Co-producer
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Frank Walsh Art Director
Stu Whittaker Art Director

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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This movie was, needless to say, better than the first one. In fact, watching my grandma pick the corns from her toes was better than the first one. But seriously, this movie was highly entertaining! Apart from Jolie (who was dazzling), this film had a lot of twists that I didn't expect and the special effects were great. All in all, I reccomend this, if you can get past the chessy love story.
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I enjoyed the first Tomb Raider but this sequel is silly, predictable and simply no fun. I own the first film... but after wasting my money on Cradle of Life when it was in theatres... I decided that wasting money once was enough for me.
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