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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life Reviews

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

December 12, 2011
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.
TheDudeLebowski65
TheDudeLebowski65

Super Reviewer

April 10, 2011
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.
TheGame90
TheGame90

Super Reviewer

February 13, 2011
The ending is better than the begining...but it's still not okay. Not a believeble dialouge...not so good effects. And a average plot. And that lead guy has such a zero talent face.
Conner R

Super Reviewer

January 18, 2010
Not exactly as good as the first, but that's mainly due to the fact that they switched Daniel Craig with Gerard Butler for a supporting character. Angelina Jolie still does an incredible job and I admire her for making a very fun and lovable character.
garyX
garyX

Super Reviewer

March 17, 2007
Lara Croft finds a novelty bowling ball that can reveal the location of Pandora's Box if you play it a tune, and so sets off to get it before an evil scientist can get his hands on it and unleash a plague on mankind. This preposterous plot is a virtual carbon copy of the plot to The Mummy Returns although quite why anyone would want to copy that is beyond me. It kind of reminded me of one of those globetrotting action movies Jackie Chan used to make, but whereas Chan would've injected a lot of humour into the proceedings, this film just joylessly lumbers from one unexciting and formulaic set piece to the next. Angelina gamely strips to her skinnies and runs around shooting the extras, the entire film fuelled solely by her sex appeal but the direction is sloppy and lazy and it's very difficult to care about any of it. It's virtually devoid of any imagination or invention and is one of the most soulless, mechanical exercises in making a fast buck I've seen yet.
FiLmCrAzY
FiLmCrAzY

Super Reviewer

September 4, 2007
i love these mvoies theyre funny witty entertaining chick lick actin packed movie with angelina jolie doing a prettyy good engish accent reli!
Realy worth a watch!
TomBowler
TomBowler

Super Reviewer

August 2, 2009
angelina is hot AS! that's the only real redeeming factor in this movie. good it you don't want to think too much.
skactopus
skactopus

Super Reviewer

December 12, 2008
Jan de Bont had a nice start to his directing career with Speed and Twister, but up to this point, he hasn't done anything else that is spectacular. This is no exception. OK, but not great.The plot is typical Tomb Raider and it is much smoother than the first installment. The pace is pretty quick since there is a good amount of action, although you do need to wait a bit to get to the good stuff. The thing that lacks in the story is a good villain. He is there, but you never really feel like Lara is in real danger from him. If anything, his right hand man is more villainous than he is. On the positive note, the variety of settings does wonders for the story. There are a number of different places in China and the finale takes place in Africa.Once again the action is pretty good as there is a bunch of gun play and destruction. There isn't enough of the double pistols though. The CG is a little weak, but it isn't awful. I've seen worse.Angelina Jolie is hot as usual as she plays the role of Lara Croft, who is an ideal character for her to play. Gerard Butler does a way better job than Daniel Craig did as Lara's sidekick this time around. Other than Simon Yam in the first half of the film, the rest of the cast is forgettable. This is not surprising.Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life isn't a film that stands out, but this is the movie to see if you want to see Angelina Jolie kick some butt.
vieras e

Super Reviewer

January 27, 2008
Oh, all the crap I'll subject myself to just for Gerry.

Two main problems with this film:

1) There was absolutely no tension whatsoever between Lara and Terry.

2) There were so many utterly pointless scenes that had they been cut out, the film would've easily been the much needed h shorter. (The shark bit, for instance - good grief!)
sanjurosamurai
sanjurosamurai

Super Reviewer

January 4, 2007
not as good as the first, but tomb raider is just sweet. there is something about this character and the way that jolie plays her that i cant get enough of. a good follow up to a well made action movie.
Sophie B

Super Reviewer

July 25, 2006
This was better than the first one definatly! However was believable until those things came out from the tree! :s Ange looked awesome and is perfect for Lara.
Edward B

Super Reviewer

February 20, 2007
It's pure eye-cendy, both on the part of Angelina Jolie and the action scenes. Actually, forger the action scenes; it's all about Jolie.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

December 30, 2006
Better than the first one, done on a much bigger budget and it shows. Lara travels all around the globe in search of the treasure. The action is exciting with great stunts and locations. Also has some great SFX as well. Pure popcorn fun!
Rachel F

Super Reviewer

May 18, 2007
I'm a big fan of the Tomb Raider series so I loved this movie.
Kylie B

Super Reviewer

March 26, 2007
So-so action. Doesn't have even the limited charm of the first.
Michael S

Super Reviewer

March 3, 2007
The first installment was better.
Jens S

Super Reviewer

June 13, 2006
The movie suffers from the same problems and has similar good points as the first one. It's fast, always entertaining and nice to look at. But it's also rather silly, with pretty lame dialogues and a whole bunch of over-the-top stunts. Dear creators of the movie, the Lara Croft from the game is a humble person, no show off. And while the shadow creatures from the showdown are pretty cool to look at they are a little too fantastic for a movie set in our world.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

November 16, 2006
Fine non-stop stunts and gorgeous locations disguise holes in the plot. Two thumbs up for Angelina Jolie's return as the heroine Lara Croft.
Jason S

Super Reviewer

December 27, 2006
Not so great sequel.
Aaron N

Super Reviewer

May 30, 2006
So after seeing the first one on DVD, this was a movie I was looking forward to seeing in theaters. Too bad it sucked. I was literally falling asleep, bored in this movie and afterwards jumped to, of all things, Freaky Friday and got woken up. What happened here, all these stunts and grand places, and even Djimon himself couldn't save this.
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