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4.0 out of 5 stars An Action Packed Adventure, Good Fun for All the Family
As most of us know, Lara Croft is an adventurer and treasure hunter, the female equivalent of Indiana Jones. Angelina Joliet has the lead role. Dr Jonathan Price (played by Ciaran Hinds) is a murderous arms designer and dealer, who, assisted by a Chinese gang akin to the Triads, wants to get hold of the Cradle of Life (Pandora's Box), the world's ultimate weapon. A...
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2.0 out of 5 stars What's missing from the UK edition
All the extras on the US one, which only came out there the month before: 40 minutes of features, 12 minutes of deleted scenes (including a different ending), a pair of music videos and a full-length commentary by the director Jan de Bont.

The US edition isn't region-locked, so buy it instead of the stripped-out tat Paramount has, as so often, the brass nerve...
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Action Packed Adventure, Good Fun for All the Family, 19 Sept. 2014
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William Mason (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
As most of us know, Lara Croft is an adventurer and treasure hunter, the female equivalent of Indiana Jones. Angelina Joliet has the lead role. Dr Jonathan Price (played by Ciaran Hinds) is a murderous arms designer and dealer, who, assisted by a Chinese gang akin to the Triads, wants to get hold of the Cradle of Life (Pandora's Box), the world's ultimate weapon. A football sized golden globe is the map leading the way to Pandora's Box, which the Chinese gang snatch out of Lara's possession.
Lara, assisted by a retired Marine named Terry, played by Gerard Butler, goes on the hunt for the Chinese gang and the missing globe. The stunts are very impressive, easily on a par with a Bond movie. However, the CGI is less effective, for instance, a computer generated shark in the early scenes is woefully unrealistic, almost (but not quite) on a par with the rubber shark in the original Batman movie from the 1960's.
A scene where Terry and Lara jump off a skyscraper, using body shaped chutes, is also done with CGI, and is equally unrealistic. It would have been much better to use stuntmen jumping off the skyscraper (think of the bungee jump stunt at the start of Goldeneye, and imagine that done with CGI, it would have been rubbish).
In any event, Angelina, and notwithstanding her undoubted femininity and beauty, makes for a very convincing and tough Lara Croft, both in terms of the scenes requiring athletic prowess, and the scenes of physical combat with the Chinese villains. Lara manages to retrieve the golden globe, and works out how to use the map to find Pandora's Box.
It's all a bit hokum and bunkem, but then what do you expect from a fun family adventure film like this, it's not meant to be too clever, or too sexy, or too violent, or to hold up to any logical analysis. The globe leads Lara to Africa, where she seeks the help of a tribe to discover the Cradle of Life.
But, Dr Price and his henchmen are still hot on her trail, and soon both Lara and the villains are pitted against the monsters guarding the Cradle of Life (the CGI is better here, the monsters look like something out of a Resident Evil movie).
This film is a big budget, action adventure, with a likeable female lead, decent stunts, and consistently energetic direction and pacing. It's not in the same league as a good Bond movie, or an Indiana Jones story, but it's not far short. My 12 year old daughter loved this film, and it held my attention from start to finish.
Additionally, this Special Collector's edition is packed full of extras, including alternate scenes, some of which are worth a view, and which make this DVD good value.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually very good fun!, 23 April 2004
This review is from: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I'm not ashamed to admit I am a Lara fan: I've loved the games since theyfirst came out and trembled with excitement when the movies hit ourscreens. Sad? Probably. But jolly good fun though.
Tomb Raider 1 wasa let down - I conceede to that. It was a thin plot with little actionand it failed to reflect the integrity and depth of the Tomb Raidergames.
I actually prefer this sequel which runs at over 2 hours. It's moreaction packed, has a much more interesting and complex storyline and Jolieis more impressive as Croft second time round. The story moves along at acracking pace and the set pieces are far superior to the firstmovie.
Okay, so I did chuckle a bit when Lara punched the (ratherpoorly CGI'd )shark underwater, but that was the only low point and I wasprepared to overlook that in light of the rest of the movie which waspretty cool.
No, it has nothing at all to do with Gerard Butler being in it - how couldyou even suggest that!?
Seriously though, this is a good movie to just sit back and be entertainedby. It's undemanding escapism and quite simply 2 hours of thigh slappingfun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Scenery, Excellent Plot, Non-Stop Action, 14 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Lara Croft is seeking Alexander the Great's temple in the Meditarranean ... she had researched it contains the "secret" to Pandora's box. She discovers the temple but so does the Chinese mafia, who are directly behind her. They, too, are searching for the same thing. Lara narrowly escapes with her life as the rumblings of an underground earthquake destroy the temple. However, just before the destruction is complete, she climbs to the top of Alexander's statue and snags a large reflective jewel. Th Chinese give her a life-and-death defying under water chase ... during which, one of the Chinese divers grabs the "jewel" from her clutch. The photography is stupendous. The story line is clean-cut and flawless ... the plot is set for the next challenge. The viewer is taken on a world-wide adventure tour, from Europe and the Meditarranean to Asia, Hong Kong and mainland China, and finally, Africa ... where the secret is hidden.
After Lara's narrow escape she researches "Pandora's box" and the mechanism of the "jewel". She theorizes how it functions. She is obsessed with regaining the jewel and discovering its "secret". This goal leads her to rescue a long-time romantic interest, a Scotsman, from a jail located somewhere in Afghanistan or a nearby region. He has the necessary skills to infiltrate China. The viewer is sitting on the edge of his/her seat as Lara and the Scotsman perform aerial fetes, acrobatic and combative skills against enemies in Hong Kong, to where they trace the jewel. Some of the most beautiful and breath-taking scenery is filmed in China: a motorcycle ride on the Great Wall of China, valleys and mountains, and the side of a cliff where a Buddhist temple is located ...
The third section of this movie ends in Africa ... Lara and her entourage are provided, by a local tribe, passage through a wooded area said to be haunted by spirits. Lara is unexpectedly challenged when she discovers the "secret" to Pandora's box ... This movie is highly recommended. It contains a great story-line, great plot, great characters, and super scenery. It builds suspense, creates twists and turns in the plot and ends like no other film I have viewed in the past ... Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first Tomb Raider film, 27 Jun. 2005
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This review is from: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life didn't match the box office success of the original Tomb Raider, but it is easily a much better film. Basically, Cradle of Life is just a lot more fun than the first movie. Since the audience doesn't have to be told exactly who Lara Croft is, director Jan de Bont can get right into the action immediately with a classic Lara Croft entrance. Once the foot is on the pedal, there's no letting up on the gas until the very end, as this film is just packed with incredible action, one exotic locale after another, and - most importantly - Angela Jolie. Sure, the premise of the story (a real life Pandora's Box that contains the deadliest weapon known to man) is a little less than believable, but this is an action movie, not a PBS documentary. There's also a surprising amount of depth to the character of Lara Croft in this movie, and that only adds to the film's strengths.
An earthquake off the coast of Greece leads Lara to the long-lost Lunar Temple of Alexander the Great and an artifact that points the way to Pandora's Box - which is suddenly something quite more than the stuff of mythology. Ancient armies had been decimated by the mysteriously evil powers lurking within Pandora's Box, and it must be found before it falls into the wrong hands of the impeccably nasty Jonathan Reiss (Ciaran Hinds), who plans to sell its secrets to as many terrorists as he can. Unfortunately, the all-important clue falls into the hands of a notorious Chinese gang, and Lara - for once - needs help finding the club's secret hideout. She asks for and gets Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler), a man who betrayed his country as well as Lara herself. The dynamic duo make a most memorable entry into China, where more elaborate action scenes quickly ensue. Lara's quest, however, will then take her to Hong Kong and, eventually, the heart of Africa where Pandora's Box reportedly lies. As you might expect, some romantic tension arises between Lara and Sheridan along the way. Even though we see more of the female side of Lara in this film, she knows what she has to do when the time comes.
This film boasts some amazing special effects and an almost endless supply of stunts (many of which Angelina did herself). CGI is used in a couple of places, especially the final setting with its Guardian Shadows protecting the location of the box; these scenes lack realism, but the CGI effects themselves are quite good. The DVD features a number of featurettes all about the making of the film, along with deleted/alternate scenes (including an alternate ending), a director's commentary, a superfluous screen test with Gerard Butler, and two music videos (and I would encourage Angelina fans to watch the Korn video).
I really don't know what else you could ask for in a summer box office action film. Cradle of Life takes all of the components of the first film and improves upon them by leaps and bounds, goes out of its way to present stunts the viewer hasn't seen countless times before, adds depth to its main character, and features Angelina Jolie in all her glory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's missing from the UK edition, 2 Feb. 2014
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All the extras on the US one, which only came out there the month before: 40 minutes of features, 12 minutes of deleted scenes (including a different ending), a pair of music videos and a full-length commentary by the director Jan de Bont.

The US edition isn't region-locked, so buy it instead of the stripped-out tat Paramount has, as so often, the brass nerve to release here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A more than Equal Sequel, 6 May 2006
This review is from: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
One up on the last one. Unlike regular sequels where the second is worse than the first & the third is worse than the second etc... the Tomb Raider franchisees have gone against the tide.

Pandora's Box is an intriguing subject just like the illuminati were in the first film, like its predecessor the cradle of life has no shortage of exotic locations, myths & human paranoia, it's a shame they did not open the Box.

As I said in my previous review Angelina Jolie was born to play that part of Lara Croft. From the first scene onwards you can't help but mistake the voluptuous cyber chic for Jolie. Something else caught my eye that I never realized in the first part; her accent; she does a pretty damn good impression of a sophisticated Brit. Having lived in the U.K. myself I can tell the difference.

This movie does not disappoint at all in being a pop-corn flick. With all the pre-requisites of a big budget action/adventure movie, i.e. dim-witted yet attitudinal villains, death defying stunts, tense & exciting action scenes, futuristic gadgets & an insignificant romantic segment, this movie does not fail to entertain.

Verdict: scrupulously enjoyable. A great movie for Tomb Raider/Angelina Jolie fans. Jolie is the true living form of the Cyber divinity known as Lara Croft (even though her padded bra is quite obvious at times). The only disappointment is not being able to see inside Pandora's Box.

Rating: 4 stars for being better than the first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 1 May 2013
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Arrived in good time and was well packaged. Unfortunately did not work in my old DVD player but worked ok in a newer model.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, 10 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
This is a great film alot better then the first one and by far more action. Angelina Jolie is out standing through out and she is of the first action females to do her own stunts and pulls it of well. The film is more assured, more entertaining it uses imagination and exciting locations to give the movie the same kind of pulp adventure feeling we get from the Indiana Jones movies. If you're a die hard Indiana Jones fan, or any of those movies that take you all over the world on a great treasure hunt, you will LOVE Tomb Raider! Both movies show a new side to Angelina Jolie, a smart, skilled, self- reliant woman who can kick butt! So the characters don't have 10 dimensions, what person looking to watch a true action flick really CARES if the main character had a rough childhood or not? Not hat it is JUST like those other adventure movies either, yes there native tribesman, booby traps, and lots of bad guys who show up at just the right time, but the places this movie takes you are unique and extremely exotic! Plus when was the last time you saw a movie about Pandora's box, or where the FEMALE lead saves the day? So grab your popcorn and get ready to go for an adventurous ride with Lara Croft, Tomb Raider!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Jolie fans!, 3 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
While the script will not impress everyone this movie is a must for all Angelina Jolie fans. Its more serious than the first movie and has a more James Bond type feel to it with gadgets galore. Jolie makes this movie, she seems born to play the part of Lara Croft, and for those who are fans oh her's you wont be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a little silly., 8 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
What do you get when you cross Indiana Jones, Superwoman and 007, the answer would be Lara Croft, this woman is super human. This is a pretty big budget film, lots of technology, nice locations and stunts galore. The story is borrowed from Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Lara tying to get to the cradle of life and Pandora's box before the bad guys do. If they get there first they plan to open it releasing havoc on the world in the form of plagues and disease. They have of course created an antidote which would be given only to the elite in society leaving a 'super' society and thus cleansing the world of the useless and undesirables.
It's enjoyable enough to watch on a Saturday afternoon, but does get a tad silly (or video gamish) near the end when the big monsters appear. Angelina Jolie sounds a little too much like Liz Hurley and the supporting cast seem out of place. There's gadgets a plenty along with the now inevitable product placement; Tissot, Nokia and Panasonic all feature along with lots of big guns and tight fitting costumes for the lead. To sum up, an entertaining enough action film but nothing special and little that hasn't been done before, leave your brain behind.
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