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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (**)

LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER

The only reason to ever sit through Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and indeed the sole reason it should be preserved in the Smithsonian, is to gaze at the stunning, physical perfection of 25 year old Angelina Jolie, who threw herself into the role with aggressive aplomb. Otherwise, this movie is an epic disaster. A shit script is directed with frenzied incompetence by Simon West. West directs Jolie into a collection of video game action hero poses, as if he was perpetually shooting the movie's poster. Meanwhile, West failed to shoot the movie itself in any coherent manner. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is also notable for Daniel Craig in a supporting role as Lara's lesser male rival and counterpart lickspittle five years before he became an international mega stud as James Bond, back when he was just That Ugly British Guy.

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