Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Tomb_RaiderAngelina Jolie. The woman who made this movie worth watching. My, how she is a hot woman, and she pulls off the role as Lara Croft well. In fact, she’s the best thing in this movie. She is great portraying the character of Lara Croft, giving off a great sense of beauty and grace while showing great boldness and ferocity in battle. But man, was this long awaited adaptation of the game disappointing. How do you have a pitch perfect actress play the role and then offer no rewards for fans that have been waiting for this for years? I can even forgive the fact that Jolie isn’t even British.

“Tomb Raider” (Or “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” to fool Indiana Jones fans) is such a botched adaptation, that I don’t really know where to start. First of all, the premise is very drab compared to the plots from the games. Where are the mercenaries? Where are the spies? Where are the top secret locations? Where are the lions and tigers? They’re nowhere to be found in this lame version of the game. The fight choreography is dazzling and really exciting to watch, I’ll be honest. The action is great as well. Jolie can pull off the action scenes well and makes them look very believable.

It’s just a sad state of affairs that the excitement is very rare in this movie. What are the filmmakers saving the action for, anyway? When we do see any action, the big scenes are cut very short, not giving us enough chance to absorb it in and get excited. For example, The statue battle in the finale. Now, if executed well and lengthened to a tolerable degree, this could have been a great finisher. But if fails. The statues are slow and easily eliminated and are only around for a total of a minute and half… or so I estimated. Then, Lara accidentally frees this huge statue who wields four swords.

I expected a long stomp and smash moment, but we got less. Lara easily exterminates of it, making the scene relatively pointless and dull. It seemed Simon West didn’t put much thought into the action. Too bad, because he robs us of seeing a potentially truly great action flick. There were some scenes that made this hokey and corny at times, which made me disconnect from the film. For example, the scene where Lara is riding the dogsled on her feet. That was not only cheesy and hokey, it was also farfetched. All in all, considering how far off from the games director Simon West is in tone and pacing, just stick to the games for true action, folks.