VIDEO: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

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Cheapus explains the decline of the Lara Croft series of games, and reviews Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the movie version of that series, starring the perfectly cast Angelina Jolie as the title character. In this rather half-hearted adventure, Lara must stop a Whatever Artifact from falling into the hands of the dumbest version of the Illuminati ever. A pre-007 Daniel Craig shows up to be her love interest, while also doing a terrible American accent.

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  • Goblin1001

    As a video game character, Lara Croft is best as a blank slate, a stand-in for the player.  She’s as close to Wile E. Coyote as she is to Indiana Jones, as many ties as you will get her KILLED in the games–  I always thought it was a mistake to try to make her out to be this superhuman expert when you’re the one controlling her, and the movie REALLY played that up to the Nth degree.

  • MichaelANovelli

    I still think this film had the best after-fight one-liner ever!

    The mailman looks at the mess they’re cleaning up, and Lara says, “I just woke up this morning and I hated EVERYTHING!”

  • Sofie Liv

    Sigh.. Hollywood. What is it with you and your difficulty of making female action heroes? what’s the matter?

    All though… as this was a film adaptation of a game.. that was the failure right there… I like Rimmer :)

    • Liam Barrett

      I don’t think sex comes into it this time. Jolie was awesome in the role, it was just the script, which would have been poor regardless of gender.

      • The_Unusual_Suspect

        Hey Liam, remember what you said about how action heroes these days breeze through their movies too easily and never get a scratch on them? Have you seen the promos and trailers for the new Tomb Raider video game reboot? Lara gets the shit beaten out of her in that: she’s a mess! Haha, they soon might actually be doing Croft justice. Not because of the violence, but because (as you said) we’ll start rooting for the character.

        • Liam Barrett

          I DID think about this movie when I saw that dame trailer. It’ll be interested to play as a bloodied, occasionally-outwitted Lara. Apparently you don’t even get a gun until about an hour in…

  • To begin with, as per the fact that the only video game consoles earlier than the PS2 that I’ve owned are the NES and SNES, I’ve never played any of the old Tomb Raider games. However, having watched videos of them…honestly, none of them look particularly fun to me. I’ve played TR: Legend, Anniversary (well…part of it, anyway, I cheated and watched the cutscenes online), and TR:Underworld, and I really like those (except for some of the gameplay of Anniversary, which is why I stopped playing it. For now.) I like Lara Croft as a character, not just as the blank slate with a large bust size attached to it. *shrug*
    Still, despite our disagreement on that, I thought this was a great review. :) After playing my first Tomb Raider game, I had to check out the movies, and oh…my…goodness… It was such a letdown. First video game movie I ever saw, so I didn’t know they were all crap. *loud sob* Oh, the pain!
    But I am looking forward to the new game, despite the bad press the last trailer has gotten. :P

    • Liam Barrett

      I games to me were always fun, save for the fact that I hate, and have ALWAYS hated, th way Lara controls. Seriously, she handles like a three-legged cow waist-deep in custard…

  • Ahh, lucky you with the Blue-swirl Bri’ish DC! Mine has that off-reddish American style one.

    This is the first of your vids I’ve seen, and I quite enjoyed it!
    (Back-side boob, the reason I like this film)

    • Liam Barrett

      Cheers mate.