Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to take action.
The orphaned heiress and intrepid archaeologist, Lara Croft, embarks on a dangerous quest to retrieve the two halves of an ancient artefact which controls time before it falls into the wrong hands. As an extremely rare planetary alignment is about to occur for the first time in 5,000 years, the fearless tomb raider will have to team up with rival adventurers and sworn enemies to collect the pieces, while time is running out. But, in the end, who can harness the archaic talisman's unlimited power?Written by
Originally, Lara (Angelina Jolie) was going to be naked in the shower scene, similar to the epilogue of the video game sequel, but the idea was dropped, in order to avoid an R-rating. So the film could secure a PG-13 rating instead, only her sideboobs are seen. See more »
The Buddhist abbot at the monastery in Cambodia extends the 'wai', a gesture of respect (both palm pressed together and held just below the chin in front of the chest), to Lara, which she returns. A Buddhist monk would never give that gesture to anyone, and certainly not to a female, nor as the initiating party. Also, while monks are greeted that way, they do not return the gesture. See more »
[after an extended action sequence with a training robot which then attempts to revive itself and sneak up on her]
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There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »
Original version of the film included another shower scene where Lara is showering in an outdoor location near some big plants. This scene is shown being filmed in the "Digging Into Tomb Raider" making-of. Nude versions of shower scenes and one where Lara throws her towel away were filmed with nude body double of Angelina Jolie, but all scenes were cut for PG-13 rating. See more »
At least it had (a) Angelina Jolie, and (b) Arnold Rimmer
The use of space in the bunjee-jumping-inside fight scene is masterful - all three dimensions are used in a clever way. But I only worked this out afterwards. It was the choreographer's work that was masterful; the idiots who filmed and edited it did their darndest to make it choppy, incoherent, and unexciting. As if that weren't enough, someone - it may have been the composer, it may have been the director - thought that the action scenes would be best accompanied by a tuneless, relentless, jackhammer techno beat.
"Tomb Raider" is "Raiders of the Lost Ark" emulated by people who haven't seen it. If they HAD seen it, they'd know that Spielberg edited his action sequences so as to let the audience know what was going on, to give us an idea of where the hero stood and what obstacles he faced; also that John Williams wrote actual MUSIC, complete with themes and chords and rhythms and consecutive bars that often as not differed from one another.
I'm not familiar with the computer game - if I were, I would be doubly grateful to see Angelina Jolie in the leading role. It must get tiring looking at large computer-generated breasts that just SIT there, like cast-iron balloons. Oddly, the audience I was with tittered because Jolie's breasts bounced as she walked downstairs. I don't get the joke. That's what breasts, by and large, DO - those of Hollywood actresses being an unfortunate exception to the general rule. -Anyway, all this aside, Jolie was, as always, terrific, when the film allowed her to be. This wasn't often. Usually I can at least decipher the storyline of a film afterwards, but this one has me baffled. It SEEMS that the film's heroine, in order to Save the World, merely had to sit still and do nothing - and KNOWING this, she Endangered the World, so that she could later save it in a more rope-swinging, kick-boxing, ammo-expending fashion. But surely nobody would spend millions of dollars on a film with this central weakness ... would they?
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