Tomb, Doom, Va-Va-Voom: Lara Croft Hits the Screen

By Giles, Jeff | Newsweek, June 25, 2001 | Go to article overview

Tomb, Doom, Va-Va-Voom: Lara Croft Hits the Screen


Giles, Jeff, Newsweek


In a strange way, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" couldn't have arrived at a better time: movies have been so bad lately that audiences are positively starving for something mediocre. The movie, loosely adapted from the best-selling videogame, finds the sexy, butt-kicking heiress Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) embarked on an asinine quest to save the world and reunite with her long-lost father (Jon Voight, in a brief, hokey role). "Tomb Raider" was directed by Simon West of "Con Air" fame. It's choppy and loud and not half the fun it ought to be. Still, it isn't afraid of the big questions. What's the nature of time and space? What if man could wield the power of God? And can a team of Hollywood makeup artists cover a big ole tattoo that says Billy Bob?

The plot of "Tomb Raider" revolves around an ancient artifact called the Triangle of Light. Whoever controls the Triangle controls the universe. Five thousand years ago somebody (I forget who) broke it in half and buried the pieces in temples in Cambodia and Siberia. …

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