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

Original Title : Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Director : Jan de Bont
Writer : Steven E. de Souza
James V. Hart
Dean Georgaris
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Shelly Clippard , Holly Goline , Lawrence Gordon , Lloyd Levin , Jeremy H. Smith , Louis A. Stroller
Music : Ray Colcord
Jonathan Davis
James 'Munky' Shaffer
David Silveria
Alan Silvestri
Brian 'Head' Welch
Photography : David Tattersall
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sensuality.
IMDB ID : 0325703
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Angelina Jolie Lara Croft
Gerard Butler Terry Sheridan
Ciarán Hinds Jonathan Reiss
Chris Barrie Hillary (as Christopher Barrie
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
Robert Cavanah MI6 Agent Stevens
Ronan Vibert MI6 Agent Calloway
Lenny Juma Village Leader
Raymond Ofula Village Leader (as Raymond Offula
Hezron Ajuala Village Leader
Alfred Kalipso Tribesman
Vincent Mbaya Tribesman
Ace Yonamine Shay Ling Giant (as Ace Shigeo Yonamine
Robert Atiko Armin Kal
Shirley Chantrell Shu Mei
Sang Lui Shay Ling Messenger
Richard Ridings Mr. Monza
Elizabeth Seal Buyer
Hajaz Akram Buyer
Daryl Kwan Buyer
Richard Woo Buyer
David Kershaw Buyer
Marem Hernandez Air Stewardess
Kate Loustau Air Stewardess
Ralf Beck Sean's Man
Tom Wu Sean's Man
Gerald Kyd Sean's Man
Mark Sung Taipei Father
Loan Tran Taipei Mother
Charlotte Nguyen Taipei Girl
Vincent Poon Taipei Boy
Tom Yang Reiss' Guard
Jamie Cho Reiss' Guard
Khan Bonfils Reiss' Guard
Jose Cuenco Jr. Reiss' Guard
Andrew Joshi Reiss' Guard
Mark Hampton Reiss' Guard
Michael Wagg Lead Tech
Martin Glyn Murray Submarine Medic
Graham McTavish Submarine Captain


Archaeologist and explorer extrodinaire Lara Croft journeys to a temple, sunken underwater that leads to a sphere that contains the mythical Pandora's Box, only to have it stolen from her by Chen Lo, the leader of a Chinese crime syndicate, who's in league with a villain named Reiss who wants to use the Box as a doomsday weapon. Facing her greatest challenges yet, the intrepid tomb raider pursues Lo, in order to get her hands back on Pandora's Box, and fulfill the desire of the Queen.


Orbs Spoilers herein. I'll leave it to others to write about female Indiana Joneses and whether a gimmickless Bond formula works. I actually remember the first with some fondness. It did two things intelligently: -- It worked on the game-within-the-movie layer by having consummate programmers at Lara's disposal to create the "game" and be in it. At some points in the film, she was controlling the program and elsewhere controlled by it. Independent of the story, it was quite clever. -- Computer programs, and games in particular, are a matter of making models. The history of modeling has as a keystone the creation of a model of the solar system, commissioned by the Duke of Orrery in the 17th century. Known as orreries, they are an icon of representation. The first film's climax literally revolved around an orrery that (like the layers of the movie) was a representation of the world, was in the world, and could control the world. Also clever -- intelligent. So it was with some anticipation I walked into the sequel. There is no layering here. The programmers still exist, but only as boy Fridays. The game is gone -- along with the cartoonish but appealing sexuality of the first. But we do have a simple orrery, in the form of an orb. Activated by music, it might have originally been conceived as the kind of projective map familiar to us from sci-fi films. But along the way, it inexplicably mutated into a projector of scenes (from Africa), as if that would serve. We have two cosmologies here. One is extraterrestrial and is responsible for the creation of the box and possibly the environment surrounding the "cradle." The other was commissioned by Alexander's magician/scientists, presumably Persian. They were the creators of the orb, the model. Oh, and we have some framing: the film begins and ends with weddings. Every major stunt involves parachutes. There are four action sets: an underwater temple, a quaint square (was it in Shanghai), a lab hidden within a shopping center, and the cavern of the Cradle. None of these showed any imagination. Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life
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