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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  15 June 2001 (USA)
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Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

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Archaeologist Lara Croft sets off on a series of international adventures.

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A member of a rich British aristocratic family, Lara Croft is a "tomb raider" who enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from ruins of temples, cities, etc. worldwide, and doesn't mind going through death-defying dangers to get them. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and foreign languages - and does them all in tight outfits. Well, the planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. However, they need a certain clock/key to help them in their search, and they have to find the talisman in one week or wait until the next planetary alignment to find it again. Lara happens to find that key hidden in a wall of her mansion. The Illuminati steal it, and Lara gets an old letter from her deceased father telling her about the society's agenda (Her father was also the one who hid the key). Now, she ... Written by Vampirok

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$115,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,589,818 (Italy) (14 December 2001)

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$2,355,719 (Italy) (21 December 2001)
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Angelina Jolie did her own Bungee-Ballet, and according to an interview with her on the Jay Leno show, injured her ankle on the first take when landing on top of a chandelier went bad, so that part of the scene had to be done over again after she recovered. See more »

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In the "Dead Zone" where nothing electronic works (cars, computers, helicopters) Lara uses a laser sight to reactivate a time storm. See more »

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[after an extended action sequence with a training robot which then attempts to revive itself and sneak up on her]
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Where's Your Head At
By Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton
Performed by Basement Jaxx
Courtesy of XL Recordings/Astralwerks Records
Contains elements of "M.E." and "This Wreckage"
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Lara Comes To Life
2 October 2002 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

Many video game enthusiasts were looking forward to the movie adaptation of the "Tomb Raider" game series. When "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" was finally released, not all of them were satisfied. But the movie does have its good points. Angelina Jolie takes the lead as Lara Croft, the famed archaeologist/adventurer, woman warrior and gamer's dream girl. She plays the role as if she were meant to be Lara Croft. The movie also boasts some very good visual effects and exciting action. The plot does leave a bit to be desired, though. The ancients may have had deep knowledge about the universe and the planets, but the concept with the planetary alignment was just barely plausible. But, really, with movies like this, it's all about explosions and the star's body. Lara Croft's game might not be for everybody, and the same goes for the movie.


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