Review Date: June 15, 2001
Director: Simon West
Writer: Patrick Massett, John Zinman
Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Colin Wilson
I especially hated the scenes in which some ghost-like figure, friend or child would ramble on about Lara Croft's father while all the time, I'm not giving one ounce of crap as to what they're talking about. I guess that's called lack of "character development", right? That's when a movie builds enough background into the characters on the screen, so that we could actually "get into" it and care about them. I didn't care about anyone in this movie, and was bored during most of its "let's explain why we're doing all this gobbledygook" moments. And even though I thought that Jolie kicked some mighty ass (damn, did she look sexy blasting those guns or what?!?), everybody else around her was so goddamn boring! Her butler was a throwaway with no personality, her side-kick was supposed to be funny but just annoyed me every time he said the word "bugger" (and he says it a lot, trust me!) and all of the so-called bad guys just spewed one-dimension! They had no spark, no energy amongst them, and even though a few of the action scenes in the movie were cool (see the trailer and you'll know which ones I'm talking about), the overall picture was lame and the dialogue and mystical bull-crap just buried it even further.
Also, for a movie that's supposed to be about all of these exotic locations, I wasn't necessarily impressed by any of its exterior shots, and even less so with its interiors, which all looked like they were shot in the same room. Mind you, I won't go as far as to say that it's the "worst movie of the year" (remember that I actually have to go see Freddie Prinze Jr. movies also!), but it's definitely the worst film that I've seen during this summer movie season (of course, it's still early and I'm sure there are a few more garbage heaps coming down the pike). Skip this one altogether and rent any of the INDIANA JONES movies instead...trust me, you'll miss the boobs but end your night with some rock-solid porn and it's all good!