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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

“Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” stars Angelina Jolie and Gerard Butler. It’s directed by Jan de Bont (Speed, Twister) and written by Stephen E. de Souza and James V. Hart.

Angelina Jolie reprises her role as the agile character known as Lara Croft. This time, Lara discovers an orb that acts as a map to the legendary Pandora’s Box. The orb haplessly falls into the hands of an evil scientist who deals with lethal viruses and Lara Croft is the only hope in, once again, saving the world from total chaos.

As much as I enjoyed the mindless nature of the original, this one lacks in well choreographed, adrenaline-fulled fight scenes and features a more tired and washed up Lara Croft. There is hardly any action and when there is action, it’s poorly structured and very forgettable. Too often it crosses the fine line of being weak-minded entertainment and being just plain weak-minded. As much as this character shined in the first one, she doesn’t seem as fresh or stylish as she use to.

This is a dispensable sequel to the widely popular movie adapted from a computer game. Surprisingly, this one is even less memorable and more ignorant than it’s predecessor. If the film was limited in dialog and added more trigger happy moments, I would probably ignored the fact that the story is even more dumbed-down than the original. A less attractive, rather irksome entry into the unwanted sequel district that Hollywood so aversely contributes to.

What happened to the Lara Croft that I remember? At least the dialog had distinct limits in the more primitive entry and depended on the film’s looks to get by. This time around they try to make sense out of a senseless 007 plot and the film loses its beauty. It feels like less effort was put into this, throwing in needless lingo and leading to a claptrap of an ending. One visually stunning scene near the end doesn’t make up for the pretentious crap beforehand. The finale has a breathtaking look, but the original sustained that gorgeous look from beginning to end.

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