Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

June 15th, 2001


Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 5.5/10 (76,978 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Simon West

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen

A member of a rich British aristocratic family, Lara Croft is a "tomb raider" who enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from ruins of temples, cities, etc. worldwide, and doesn't mind going through death-defying dangers to get them. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and foreign languages - and does them all in tight outfits. Well, the planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. However, they need a certain clock/key to help them in their search, and they have to find the talisman in one week or wait until the next planetary alignment to find it again. Lara happens to find that key hidden in a wall of her mansion. The Illuminati steal it, and Lara gets an old letter from her...

Writers: Sara B. Cooper, Mike Werb

Angelina Jolie - Lara Croft
Jon Voight - Lord Richard Croft
Iain Glen - Manfred Powell
Noah Taylor - Bryce
Daniel Craig - Alex West
Richard Johnson - Distinguished Gentleman
Chris Barrie - Hillary (as Christopher Barrie)
Julian Rhind-Tutt - Mr. Pimms
Leslie Phillips - Wilson
Robert Phillips - Julius, Assault Team Leader
Rachel Appleton - Young Lara
Henry Wyndham - Boothby's Auctioneer
David Cheung - Head Laborer (as David Y. Cheung)
David Tse - Head Laborer (as David K.S. Tse)
Ozzie Yue - Aged Buddhist Monk

Taglines: Heiress to a fortune...

Release Date: 15 June 2001

Filming Locations: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $47,735,743 (USA) (17 June 2001) (3308 Screens)

Gross: $274,700,000 (Worldwide) (6 November 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Angelina Jolie had lessons in yoga and kickboxing to prepare for her role as Lara Croft. She also learned how to handle guns and other weapons.

Continuity: During the final action scene Lara puts her guns on the ground. In the following sequence, when she is running from the room, she has her guns holstered at her hips yet she had no opportunity to pick them up.

[first lines]
[after an extended action sequence with a training robot which then attempts to revive itself and sneak up on her]
Lara Croft: Stop!

User Review

The Female Indiana Jones

Rating: 8/10

Angeline Jolie, gives us the female version of "Indiana Jones" in this wild cartoon-like adventure story, which is fun to watch. Being a mentally lightweight action film with no credibility (no villain ever harms Jolie in this film despite firepower that would take out some Third World countries) but our heroine is there to save the day, of course!

Jolie mainly is there to show off her chest in tight tee-shirts and perform near-impossible stunts. To her credit, she went to extreme lengths to get herself physically-fit for the role.

Audio-wise, this is a one of the better DVDs you will ever hear, with excellent use of the surround speakers. Nice scenery, a sharp picture and low profanity also are pluses. Yes, the action is a little much and too loud in spots but otherwise "Tomb Raider" is a fun adventure that is recommended to all.

p.s. Skip the sequel; it's a weak one.


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