Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle Of Life


This second instalment of the Tomb Raider franchise has a couple of weighty arguments in its favour, and both of them belong to Angelina Jolie. Ho, ho! Actually, that's not fair at all. Jolie really does elevate Lara Croft's arch-illogical adventuress beyond a walking fantasy figure. With elegant feline athleticism and that glinting aristo-accent, Jolie's Lara is classy, sexy and seductively dangerous. Director Jan De Bont, on the other hand, makes her look bloody awful.

It's a masterful display of cack-handling, De Bont jumbling splendid locations and impressive sets with a lot of tiresome CGI and an irrelevant videogame plot (something to do with nasty Ciarán Hinds and a quest for the Hell-unleashing Pandora's Box). After a while, you won't care about the globe-trotting action or even the roguish fizzle between Gerard Butler and Jolie. Messy, we can live with. Daft, we can live with that, too. But boring? Not a chance.

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