Movie:Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Director: Jan de Bont
Actors: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler and Chris Barrie
MPAA rating: PG 13
Running time: 117 mins

Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, the orb falls into the hands of Jonathan Reiss, an evil scientist who deals in killer viruses and hopes to sell the secrets of the box as the ultimate weapon. Recruited by British Intelligence to get the orb back from Reiss, Lara recruits Terry Sheridan, a British marine turned mercenary (and her former love interest) to help. The two embark on an adventure that spans continents in an attempt to regain the orb.

I picked this movie because I was in the mood for a girl power movie night

What I liked the Most? The journey

What I liked the Least? The destruction of priceless archeological finds

Review: Had to do a double feature since I have them both lol.

Ok, so this one makes me a little mad, from the very opening of the movie it shows that Lara Croft has no sense of history. She blatantly destroys or allows the destruction of many artifacts. Yes I realize it’s a movie and yes I know no real “finds” were destroyed, but it is the disposable way in which they are treated that aggravates me.

Now there are some really excellent points to this movie: Angelina’s body, side saddle shooting ride, the crisp clean look of all that fur at the dirty prison, Terry’s bad boy prose and pose, and of course all the action.

Recommended to: Fans of the female lead action

Best Quote: Nature is about balance. All the world comes in pairs. Yin and Yang. Right and Wrong. Men and Women. What's pleasure without pain.

Director: Simon West
Actors: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight and Iain Glen
MPAA rating: PG 13
Running time: 100 mins
Tagline: Who is Lara Croft

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.

I picked this movie because I was in the mood for a girl power movie night

What I liked the Most? The action

What I liked the Least? The romantical path it took to get there

Review: This is a movie night miracle. It’s a fast paced no brains required trip into the absurd. The elaborate sets & props are very nearly awe-inspiring as you journey from Lara’s home to archeological set to frozen tundra. I loved watching the fight scenes, you can really tell when an actress (or actor) has worked hard to really nail a part and it was fantastic watching Angelina Jolie mold herself into Lara Croft.

The plot may be a little thin at times, but hey what do more do you want from a video game gone big scene.

Recommended to: Fans of the female lead action

Best Quote: I woke up this morning and I just hated everything.

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