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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003)



Critic Consensus: Though the sequel is an improvement over the first movie, it's still lacking in thrills.

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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. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for action violence and some sensuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dean Georgaris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
Box Office: $65.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Angelina Jolie
as Lara Croft
Gerard Butler
as Terry Sheridan
Ciarán Hinds
as Jonathan Reiss
Chris Barrie
as Hillary
Simon Yam
as Chen Lo
Daniel Caltagirone
as Nicholas Petraki
Fabiano Martell
as Jimmy Petraki
Jonathan Coyne
as Gus Petraki
Robert Cavanah
as M16 Agent Stevens
Ronan Vibert
as M16 Agent Calloway
Lenny Juma
as Village Leader
Raymond Offula
as Village Leader
Hezron Ajuala
as Village Leader
Alfred Kalipso
as Tribesman
Vincent Mbaya
as Tribesman
Ace Shigeo Yonamine
as Shay Ling Giant
Robert Atiko
as Armin Kal
Sang Lui
as Shay Ling Messenger
Marem Hernandez
as Air Stewardess
Kate Loustau
as Air Stewardess
Ralf Beck
as Sean's Man
Tom Wu
as Sean's Man
Gerald Kyd
as Sean's Man
Mark Sung
as Taipei Father
Loan Tran
as Taipei Mother
Charlotte Nguyen
as Taipei Girl
Vincent Poon
as Taipei Boy
Tom Yang
as Reiss' Guard
Jamie Cho
as Reiss' Guard
Khan Bonfils
as Reiss' Guard
Jose Cuenco Jr.
as Reiss' Guard
Andrew Joshi
as Reiss' Guard
Mark Hampton
as Reiss' Guard
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Critic Reviews for Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (39)

The less welcome news is that most of the same shortcomings that cramped the first installment are still dogging the sequel, which delivers on action but dawdles through downtime.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Top Critic

This Indiana Jones knockoff goes down smoothly enough, and Jolie isn't bad at all.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The tepidly anticipated return of the videogame vixen belly-flopped on its US release, and it did so with a splat that could drown out several summer blockbusters' worth of car-crunch and detonations.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Better than the first, but not by much.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's all a confection, but the plot is tight, Jolie is hot, and I'll probably see the next one, too.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Baltimore City Paper

It's clunky, lifeless, murky, and worst of all incredibly boring.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life

Fun and mindless action adventure.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Not as good as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider due to a lack of thrills and action sequences. At least the first one was capable of this and sticking even marginally to the video game's concept of Lara raiding tombs a bit more often. So I feel gamers will feel dissapointed. But I as a film-goer enjoyed it because of witty, light hearted comedy and once again Angelina Jolie and her co-star's terrific performances.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Semi average sequel to Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider The Cradle Of Life is a slight step down the first, but manages to be entertaining despite the the lack of a really exciting story. I personally felt that the first was better, and this sequel feels like it was rushed to appeal to fans of the first one. Angelina Jolie returns as Lara Croft, and like I've said, the film is semi average and constantly feels like theres something out of place. A decent enough sequel, but hardly anything I would call excellent. Ciaran Hinds plays Jonathan Reiss a weapons dealer who seeks the cradle of life. Lara Croft is hired by the British government to recover the Cradle Of Life before Reiss does. Directed by Jan De Bont who is fairly hit and miss in his films, directs this film, and it shows. The results is the feeling that the film lacks something to truly make it exciting, and thrilling, something the first one did, but this one seems to be forced. The action scenes are entertaining, but get old after a while. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Cradle Of Life is an imperfect, entertaining sequel. And despite everything, it does to be entertaining, but really is truly exciting. If you want the better Tomb Raider film, give the first a view. With this entry, the series either needs a third sequel, or a refreshing, and most likely a much needed reboot. Decent, but forgettable.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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