biggest adventure begins - 2001"
her first live-action outing, Lara Croft is pitched against the
secret society of the
Illuminati who are searching for a talisman that's said to
give its bearer the ability to
control time. With the solar system about to fall
into planetary alignment - an event
which only happens once in every 5,000 years
- Lara must
find and destroy this
talisman before the Illuminati, or the
world will be doomed...
first "Tomb Raider" console game was launched in 1996, and
it and its star
creation - Lara Croft - quickly became a worldwide
gaming phenomenon. For those
who don't know, Lara is an adventurer for hire,
a tomb raider who scours the globe,
looking for rare and ancient artifacts and effects. Her
high-octane quests pitch her
against hit men, terrorists, booby-trapped ruins,
deadly relics, wild animals and
fantastic beasts and powers. Though her chances
of survival may seem slim,
Lara's unique combination of guile, agility, and
sexual allure mean that she'll
always find her way to success.
The games have proven unforgettable for two things:
1) The atmosphere, which is often remarkable. Whenever
Lara discovers new
game levels or unearths mystical artifacts or occurrences
we are treated to
uplifting film-like music and revelatory vistas.
2) Lara's breasts and bottom. Nothing more pert
or perfect exists.
Lara Croft mania swept the world, so too did talk of a feature film
the game. After eighteen months of fan-boy suggestions
and pages of press
speculation, Angelina Jolie took on the role of
our titular star, and commercials
director-turned-Bruckheimer-helmer Simon West
was appointed director.
On paper at least, it looked like this one couldn't
fail. But the end result is a big
disappointment. Lara/Angelina looks terrific, her
stately home life is accurately
represented and the Illuminati story is totally
in keeping with the spirit of her
gaming adventures. But the
adventure lacks sparkle, it's often confused and the
chop-chop rapid-fire action scenes remove any possible
sense of danger from
simply no soul beating within this glossy exterior. Where's
the sense of wonderment?
Still, an excellent marketing campaign and an eager
audience combined for a
strong first week's box office ($47.7m), in defiance
of the negative critics.
The $115m movie eventually raided $274m at the global
box office, and
this "success" spawned a sequel, "Lara
Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle
of Life", utilising the same star, but to better
Raider" was the first Hollywood feature to be granted permission
film at the ancient temple
of Angkor Watt, in Cambodia.
mansion home is actually Hatfield House in Herts. This stately home
has also served as Wayne
Manor in Tim Burton's "Batman" movie (1989),
and as the home of
Tarzan in "Greystoke" (1984).
The Tomb Raider games
In which Lara travels firstly
to Peru, on the trail of an artifact which turns out
to be part of the Scion, a relic of
Atlantis. Lara's travels take her from South
America to Greece, Egypt and ultimately
Atlantis itself, where she must
confront her deadly employer
Jacqueline Natla of Natla Technologies.
Tomb Raider II
Lara is hired to find the
legendary Dagger of Xian. With mad Marco
Martolli and the Fiamma
Nera in hot pursuit, Lara is lead from the Great
Wall of China to the canals of
Venice, on to an oil rig and a sunken
shipwreck, to the foothills of
Tibet and, finally, back to the Great Wall to
face off against Marco and
the power of the dagger.
Tomb Raider III
On the trail of the Infada
stone, Lara encounters Dr. Willard who tells her
that the Infada is just one of
four artifacts carved from an ancient meteorite.
Lara travels from the Ganges
to London, to a tropical island in the South Pacific,
then to Nevada's Area 51 in pursuit
of the four, before being lead to a dramatic
climax in Antarctica.
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Whilst at the Temple of
Set in Egypt, pursuing an amulet, Lara accidentally
unleashes the ancient god from
his tomb. Now she must somehow return him
to his resting place in order
to save humanity. This fourth game was notable for
having Lara roam around
just one country during her quest. And it ended on
a cliffhanger, with Lara
buried alive in Set's temple.
Tomb Raider: Chronicles
A follow-on from "The
Last Revelation" in which friends and colleagues gather to
reminisce about Lara's past exploits.
In flashback we travel to Rome pursuing
the Philosopher's Stone,
we dive off the coast of Russia in search of the Spear
of Destiny, face Hellspawn in
old Ireland, and traverse a high-tech office complex
to retrieve the Iris artifact.
Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness
mysterious Alchemist seeks the five 14th century pieces of art known
the Obscura Paintings. At
the same time, Lara is accused of the murder of
her one-time Mentor Werner Von
Croy. With the authorities in hot pursuit,
Lara travels from the Louvre
in Paris to Prague, and a laboratory showdown
with Dr. Eckhardt...
Raider on DVD
Raider: Special Edition
Region 2 / film + extras / Paramount
/ November 2001
Region 2 / both films + extras / Paramount
/ February 2004
Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Colin Wilson
Kenny, Bobby Klein
exec prods: Stuart
Baird, Jeremy H. Smith
assoc prods: Michael
Levy, Jib Polhemus
B. Cooper, Mike Wereb, Michaewl Colleary
Massett, John Zinman
Jolie (Lara Croft)
Voight (Lord Richard Croft)
Iain Glen (Manfred Powell)
Craig (Alex West)
Johnson (Distinguished Gentleman)
Rhind-Tutt (Mr. Pimms)
Leslie Phillips (Wilson)
Appleton (Young Lara)
Wydham (Boothby's Auctioneer)
Yue (Aged Budhist Monk)
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