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
Alex West (Daniel Craig) was originally named "Alex Mars", but because the name hadn't been cleared by the legal department, it couldn't be used. Director Simon West decided to name the character "Alex West", after his father, since he knew, that if needed, he could get legal clearance for the name. See more »
When in the first tomb, Powell and his men all leave and let Lara fight the Vishnu statue on her own. However, Lara has the piece of the Triangle that they want, so why wouldn't they help her? 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 »
The UK theatrical, video and DVD versions are shorter than the uncut US and international versions, due to BBFC cuts. Cuts were required to what the BBFC called "glamorizing shots" of a flick knife, including the sight and/or sound of the knife opening. These cuts included a close shot of the knife covered in blood in the final fight scene, as well as sight of the knife being twirled by Powell seconds later. Also, the head butt delivered by Lara Croft in the end brawl was completely removed and substituted with a punch. The final deadly throat chop Lara gives Powell was cut for cinema release, but restored for UK video and DVD releases. Although these cuts would have been waived for a 15 certificate the distributors chose to remove the scenes for a lower 12 rating. The Blu-ray release was finally passed uncut, though upgraded to a 15 certificate, in 2009. See more »
Terra Firma (Lara's Mix)
By Bill Leeb
Performed by Delerium featuring Aude
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
Aude performs courtesy of Polydor France
Contains elements from "Requiem Aeternam #2"
Performed by Chanticleer
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Synopsis Lady Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) travels to exotic and dangerous locales in search of tombs and relics of lost civilizations. As the first interplanetary alignment in 5000 years approaches, Lara Croft faces her greatest challenge. Her mission is to recover two halves of an ancient metallic triangle hidden in underground chambers in Cambodia and Siberia. With the guidance of letters written by her late father, Lord Croft (Jon Voight), Lara sets out to recover the artifact which grants its holder the power to rule time. Along the way she faces dangerous opposition from of Manfred Powell (Iain Glen), an agent in the employ of The Illuminata, a sinister secret society determined top possess the artifact at any cost. And not even Bryce (Noah Taylor), Lara's erstwhile electronics assistant can help when the ancient forces are unleashed.
My Review Based on the popular interactive video game, but not only for the fans, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a wonderfully visual, fantastic action-packed entertainment, full of amazing effects and a stunning, sensual super-heroine that really packs a punch. A fast-paced adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones and The Mummy, Lara is The Terminator's Sarah Connor of the 21st Century. She is everything you could wish her to be cool, but oh so hot and totally in control, ready to save the universe. Her soft whimsical sighs reinforce her femininity and vulnerability. She is her own woman: sexy, confident, a dare devil and a tomboy but still a lady, in essence as well as name. And Angelina Jolie embodies the cartoon-like character with curvaceous abandon and extraordinary grace, athleticism, style and charisma. She is fabulous to watch sexy, sassy and without question, all woman. The story speeds along faster than a speeding bullet, with slick editing, classy production design and superb cinematography from Australian Peter Menzies Jnr that showcases striking locations in Cambodia and Iceland. One of my favourite sequences shows Lara on a husky-drawn sleigh on a spectacular Icelandic skyline when the sun, the moon and the world seem to merge. Graeme Revell's score is wonderfully diverse and the script is well paced, never running out of ideas. There's a predictable butler (whose silver tray reveals some surprises), a nerdy in-house technology expert (Noah Taylor is fabulous) and a power-hungry villain who wants to control time. But of course, it's that special casting of Jolie's real-life father Jon Voight that adds an extra dimension. The violence is comic-book and the worst profanity uttered is 'bugger'. In every sense, there's more to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider than meets the eye; it's action plus and a spine-tingling, dashing escapist fantasy set to thrill."
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