Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Angelina Jolie is back flaunting her physique in another action movie aimed at audiences of adolescent boys.
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"There's plenty to look at for two hours but there's not much to enjoy," says Michael Elliott (Movie Parables). "The film is a bore, plodding on from plot point to plot point with little energy and less purpose. Never having played a video game featuring Lara Croft, I have no idea how faithful this film is to the spirit of the character. All I know is if the game is anything like the movie, I'll stick with Donkey Kong."
Bob Smithouser (Focus on the Family) calls it "noisy, numbing eye candy that dares us to care a lick about what's going on." Smithouser is troubled by the ongoing trend of films that "pit men and women against each other in brutal hand-to-hand combat, sometimes to the death, and often with sexual overtones."
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "At the end of the day there are only two types of moviegoers: those who care if Lara Croft ever finds Pandora's fabled box and those who do not. For those who do …
Lisa Rice and Tom Snyder (Movieguide) go easy on it: "The movie contains some fun, but campy, action sequences, a mixed pagan worldview, and some scary scenes with monsters."