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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001.06.17)

Last night we saw Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. For the record, I saw this movie not as a fan of the game (I’ve never played it), nor to see Angelina Jolie, but because it looked like a cool movie. A modern version of Indiana Jones (movies: 1, 2, & 3).

And it was like that. It had the mysticism of looking for two halves of a triangle (the Triangle of Light) that would give the holder god-like powers over space and time. All of the Indiana movies also had a search for a mystical artifact. Tomb Raider had a powerful organization, the Illuminati, racing against Lara to get the Triangle; Raiders of the Lost Ark had the Nazis versus Indiana. In one scene, after Lara was fighting a bunch of rock warriors, rather than fight another with swords and spears, she simply pulled out her gun and shot the monster. This was also done in Raiders where Indy, after fighting hand-to-hand a bunch of enemies, simply shot the last one who was showing off his sword skills. Does this mean that Tomb Raider is just a rip off of the Indiana Jones series?

I say no. You could look at that scene as a tribute to Indiana Jones/Harrison Ford. This could be seen by another scene similar to a Harrison Ford one: Lara Croft jumps off a waterfall rather than be taken by somebody with a gun, just as in The Fugitive. But I say these are tributes (seemingly to Harrison Ford) and that this movie is a modern day version of Indiana-type movies.

This movie has action, special effects, and mystical forces. Lara Croft kicks butt in this movie, but the action isn’t overwhelming. There’s enough pauses in the movie for a story to take place. The story of Lara Croft, the wealth daughter of her deceased archaeologist father, racing against—and joining forces with—the Illuminati to recover the Triangle of Light so that she may destroy it before the Illuminati conquer (or destroy) the world with it.

This movie looked like a cool movie, and I found out that it is.

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