Scarred by the premature death of her father when she was
a young girl, tomb raider Lara Croft has spent the following
years training so that she can follow in his footsteps. On
the anniversary of his death, Ms Croft has discovers a hidden
room in her manor and discovers an artifact which holds the
secret to her father's mysterious death...
Jolie can not be faulted for her portrayal of the World's
sexiest computer heroine. She looks the part, she acts the
part and she has the accent spot on. But there is something
about this movie that left me feeling cheated. The effects
were up to par, the plot wasn't as poor as it could have been
and all in all it had everything that any major summer blockbuster
should have. But for some reason I had a job being that bothered
about what was going on on the screen. And I think that is
where the problem lies. There was just too much time spent
focussing on the special effects and action (oh and too much
camera time devoted to Jolie's wobbling chest) that the story
took a back seat.
soundtrack was also a great let down. An orchestrated score
should have taken centre stage but this took a back seat to
tracks from Leftfield, the Chemical Brothers and Moby. While
this music is fine it really felt a little out of place here.
What I was hoping for was a homage to the Tomb Raider theme
from the Eidos computer game series and I felt quite disappointed
when the opening scene had been concluded and not a hint of
Lara's theme was to be heard. OK, there may have been copyright
laws to negotiate but you'd have thought the composer would
have tried to create a memorable theme. And I'm afraid to
say that nothing about the soundtrack was memorable.
aspect which worried me slightly (and I suggest you stop reading
now if you intend to see the film) was the death of Powell.
I went to see this movie with three other people and while
we all know that Powell was killed in the final few minutes
of the movie none of us could actually recall how he had been
killed. All we remember is Lara going after him to retrieve
her father's pocket watch and then she was back in England.
Now, while it does explain what happened most of us seemed
to have lost interest by that point - I know my mind had wondered
onto other things.
the extras... Wow! They really went to town. There are tons
of them (including at least one Easter Egg of Jolie and her
father being interviewed. Ignoring the DVD ROM extras (there
are plenty of them though) the normal DVD extras include:
5 featurettes, audio commentary by the director, U2 music
video, deleted scenes and Alternate main title sequence...
is not a bad movie by any standard but it could have been
so much be more.
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