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Angelina Jolie stars as Lara Croft, a tough, sexy, heavily armed adventurer, in this action film based on the wildly popular video game series of the same name. When mercenaries invade her cavernous, hi-tech mansion and steal an ancient relic, Lara journeys to various international locations, including Cambodia, Italy, and the Arctic Circle, to retrieve the strange object and discover its mysterious properties. As Lara's quest becomes increasingly dangerous, it begins to shed light on the life of her deceased father, Lord Croft (Jon Voight, Jolie's real-life father), and a secretive group known as the Illuminati.

Director Simon West's film boasts an energetic techno soundtrack and a charming performance by Jolie, who blasts her way past various monsters, villains, and pitfalls, smirking all the while. (In one of the film's most memorable sequences, she battles dozens of deadly assassins while suspended from a bungee cord in her pajamas.) Perfectly cast as the voluptuous heroine (and sporting ...
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CastDaniel Craig, Angelina Jolie, Richard Johnson, Iain Glen, Chris Barrie, Noah Taylor, Jon Voight, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Leslie Phillips
DirectorSimon West
Genre:  Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date:  2001, June 15, 2001
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterSimon West
Runtime:  1hr 40min
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review by . May 27, 2007
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Pros: Angelina Jolie does stuff and looks good doing it      Cons: Where should I start?     The Bottom Line: It's not as good as the video game. And the video game is terrible.     There are many times when the logic used by movie producers escapes me. Video games-based movies, for instance. If good games like Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter II, and Final Fantasy can't be made into decent movies, then why would producers even bother …
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