Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
|Featuring:||Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Daniel Craig, Iain Glen and Leslie Phillips|
|Producer:||Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Colin Wilson|
“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” has created a lot of interest over the past few years. It has been a very popular RPG video game. I am not sure that all the interest has been “healthy”. The game comprises of a young woman wearing tight clothes, able to handle an M-16, and the cunning of Indiana Jones. The concerns of 12-year-old boys taking on the role of a women and acting out violence seem to be ignored by many parents. Lara Croft’s image and game has generated over 1000 Web sites. Young boys can discover everything from gaming codes to the sinful world of adult porn.
The character of Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) does not leave much for the imagination. Director Simon West has bragged about the “padded” enhancements for the actress and his private copy of Angelina showering nude. Yes, the film does contain partial nudity of Angelina and also of a man later in the story.
The plot centers around Lady Lara Croft. She is the daughter of the late tomb raider Sir Richard Croft (Jon Voit). The conspiracy tales of the Illuminati are revived in this very predictable script. Once every 5000 years, all the planets are aligned. If you have the “All-seeing” eye and a special triangle; you can be “god” and control time. The triangle is in two pieces and placed far apart. The journey takes it’s searchers from the caves in Angkor Wat to the frozen Arctic Circle. It is Lara Croft’s mission (should she decide to accept it or not) to stop a villain named Manfred Powell (Iain Glen) from doing this and save all of mankind.
The film does have excellent special effects, but there is no suspense. In fact, viewing the film is like watching someone play a video game (that may be the point). There is one scene where Croft fights these characters and new ones continue to appear. Each one is larger and looks like the usual “bosses” that kids try to beat in video games. There is plenty of high-wire stunts and cliff-hanging action. All of this is blended together with a very “cold” form of violence.
Is there anything positive? There is very little language and only implied sex. There is heart warming connection between a daughter and the father she longs to see again. This is one film that viewers will either love or hate.
Can I recommend it? I am afraid you will have to make that choice. I do not think it is an appropriate film for young teenage boys. The film also contains a strong scene that makes fun of God. It also highly emphasizes the Buddha faith as a powerful religious force.
The R-rated movie “Original Sin”, also starring Jolie in a “lust-filled” drama, was moved from a February release date to August. It is obvious that the studios wanted her R-rated appearance to follow the PG-13 one. That is one conspiracy you can count on. I do know that this father of a 10 and 15-year-old son is not planning to take them to see a possible “Soul-Raider.”