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Film Review - Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
While we're waiting for the fourth Indiana Jones movie to get made, we're fishing around for other action movies. As long as you are not interested in the story making sense there's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
This light little yarn is about Pandora's Box and the search for it. The trouble is it makes zero sense. The box can be found by playing with a sphere found in China. The box is in Africa, but the box is Greek. In this day and age, moving around the world is still a task, but do-able. But in the ancient world it wasn't as much so. This would make much more sense if the whole story took place in Greece.
On the subject of travel, this film falls apart. Bad guys seem to be able to move from Shanghai to England in the blink of an eye; and then again to Africa. You'd think the film maker had never traveled.
What sets this film apart from Indiana Jones, is that the audience never buys into the thin super natural explanations in the Tomb Raider films. They are cheap hacks that are hard to follow.
If maybe you're going to spend a day at home with two cases of beer, this might keep you occupied between opening the cans and peeing.
Directed by Jan de Bont
Released in 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Reviewed by Mongo