Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001)

Angelina Jolie IS Lara Croft, but is Simon West's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) the ultimate adaptation of the classic computer game? Join us and find out, as we pull apart this Hollywood blockbuster.

On this track we cover:

- The problems with plot and writing
- Simon West's direction
- Angelina Jolie's.... talents.
- Comparisons to Indiana Jones and other adventure films
- The Illuminati


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Participants: David Bjerre and Dennis Rosenfeld.
Day of recording: April 4th, 2013.
Version: Bluray or NTSC DVD.
Movie runtime: 1:40:32.


Angeline Jolie tries to stop Simon West before it's too late.

THIS is flirting, Simon.

The actors try to fix the script in a last minute rewrite.

The triangle of unpossible plotting is offered up to the gods.

Space view from Neptune. You can see the plot holes from here.

Bad guy takes a nap. It's not like the fate of the world is on the line... Oh, wait.

No one rides the big pole as well as Angelina.

The boys are out in the cold.

Lara raises the triangle triumphantly. No, we don't know why either.

Father and daughter meet face to face. And then stop speaking for 7 years.

An illustration of cinematographer Peter Menzies Jr.'s strobe technique.


Cinefex No. 87, October 2001, article by Joe Fordham
American Cinematographer, June 2001, article by Jay Holben
Premiere, June 2001, Tomb With a View, article by Christine Spines


They Cast No Shadows, by Brian Desborough.


Bluray extras.
The Clangers: The Intruder (Episode 1x05, 28th December 1969). Link.


IMDb. Link.
Wiki. Link.