Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that very graphic violence -- and lots of it. Characters are hurt and killed. There are a couple of bad words, and some passionate kisses and sexual references. Families might discuss the movie's video game origins and address Ms. Croft's physique and how boys and girls respond to it.
What's the story?
Angelina Jolie plays Lady Lara Croft, archeologist/adventurer. Off the coast of San Torini, she discovers an ancient sunken library. Just as she reaches for a glowing yellow orb, the bad guys arrive. The orb is a map to Pandora's Box. This Pandora's Box contains virulent biological agents that will unleash a plague on the world. Jonathan Reiss (Ciaran Hinds), a former Nobel Prize winner turned international dealer in biological weapons, wants what's in the box and Lara, at the request of the Queen, wants to stop him.
Is it any good?
LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE has a better plot, better characters, and better acting than the first movie, but let's be honest about it -- no one is going to see this movie for the plot, characters, and acting. The audience for this movie wants to see the movie version of the popular computer game, with Angelina Jolie in very tight clothes decking, kicking, and shooting as many bad guys as possible. All of that is there, and the distractions of plot, character, and acting barely get in the way.
Director Jan de Bont ("Twister," "Speed") knows how to stage action, and there are some genuine thrills, especially when Lara and Terry don flying suits that have them soaring through the air like Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Jolie is always fun to watch. But the computer-game origins of the movie are replicated in the staged level-style series of action sequences, and that removes any narrative momentum.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how Lara decides what is important to her. Is she a good role model? Why or why not?