Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Theatrical Release: June 15, 2001
DVD Release: November 13, 2001
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider


The popular video game series comes to life as Angelina Jolie suits up as the action heroine Lara Croft, a publishing magnate who travels to exotic locations to uncover ancient artifacts. She speaks numerous languages, is highly trained for combat and answers to no one, obeying only a desire for adventure.

Now she must face her greatest challenge yet: to find two halves of an ancient artifact buried in space and time. To possess it means ultimate power for its possessor. But to get there, she must first take on a powerful and dangerous secret society. The fate of mankind rests in the hands of twenty-first century heroine Lara Croft – a cross between Modesty Blaise and Wonder Woman.

Dove Review

Unlike the video game, there are deadly moments where the pacing lags and the story becomes convoluted, but then the action kicks in. Adults who enjoyed the “Indiana Jones” films and the first two “Batman” installments may find the MTV-styled production values, with its quick and constant editing and its pounding, monotonous score, less than satisfying. But adolescent males, who enjoy seeing a buffed-up woman kicking the tails of bad guys and shooting twin hybrid 45s, will likely find this action flick satisfying. For there is a lot of stylized action, including blowups, shoot ’em ups and beat ’em ups – all sharply choreographed.

Although the lead lives on her terms alone, she is motivated to do the right thing; in this case, saving mankind from villains who would control time.

With a $100 million budget, gobs of special effects and stunts, exciting and well-filmed locals, the pairing of Jolie and her real life dad, Jon Voight, plus a striking heroine with lots and lots of attitude, “Tomb Raider” is a thrilling popcorn movie aimed at a youthful summer matinee crowd. It’s loud and silly, but kind of fun.

If you are looking for a jungle adventure that includes a love interest and a well-thought-out story along with its thrilling action, try renting the video “King Solomon’s Mines.” Stewart Granger heads an African safari in search of a fabled diamond mine. Pass on the remake with Richard Chamberlain. While it has a youthful Sharon Stone, it also has a dismal script and cheesy production values.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: While there are no sex scenes, there is some sensuality.
Language: It contains three or four obscenities, but I caught nothing else other than the expression OMG.
Violence: There is lots of combat, including many people killed by shootings, stabbings and, in one instance, a man is caught and crushed in giant cogs; but there is little blood or gore.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Lara dressed in skin-tight outfits and in one scene exiting a shower. Moving away from the camera, Lara is filmed from the waist up, with just enough view of her figure to make sure you know she is a woman. In another scene, a man exits a shower to answer the front door, sans clothing, but he is filmed in such a way as to cover his private areas.
Other: There are some supernatural elements, including an all-seeing eye from outer space that can control time, but nothing is meant to be taken seriously. While it features Buddhist monks and a temple, the film is not promoting any particular theology.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Simon West
Director: Simon West
Genre: Action
Runtime: 96 min.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright