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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Released

Latest Home Video

Jul 15, 2014

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

100

Cast

Angelina Jolie

Jon Voight

Studio

2001 Paramount Pictures

Still shot from the movie: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

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Overall C-
ViolenceD+
SexC-
LanguageB
Drugs/AlcoholB-
Run Time100

Making the Grades

Even if you don't purchase videogames, chances are you'll recognize Lara Croft. As heroine of the Tomb Raider series since 1996, it's hard to miss her protruding "assets" embossed on box covers aimed (like the gun she's always holding) squarely at the hormonally charged male teenage gaming market.

A wealthy heiress, whilst between her tomb raiding escapades, Lara (Angelina Jolie) wanders about her humongous mansion practicing her fighting skills against some nasty robots her techno-friend Bryce (Noah Taylor) has developed. She also maintains her poise doing a "Bungee Ballet" (an experience to behold) where she suspends herself on a harness in her huge foyer. But even all this wealth and physical power can't make up for the loss of her father, Lord Richard Croft (Jon Voight), who mysteriously disappeared years ago.

Yet after discovering a curious looking key inside a strange clock, it appears Lord Croft had left a special assignment for his daughter. Trusting a friend of the family to help her unlock the secret, she instead finds herself forced to fight the leader of a secret society who is assisted by a former tomb-raiding colleague, in a race that will provide the winner with the power to control time.

Not the type of girl to beat around the bush, Lara shoots from the hip... usually with both hands. Always carrying a couple of high-powered handguns, she fires first and rarely asks questions later... besides, there's usually not enough time before the next enemy stands in her path. With violent scenes making up the vast majority of screen-time, there is little opportunity for profanities or sex--although Lara packs a different type of heat when she shows off her naked back and side after a relaxing shower.

Shot on location in Iceland and Cambodia, and on huge sets constructed at Pinewood Studios in England, the movie offers lush images and an intriguing premise -- anyone who could rule time would rule the world. But with the exception of her feelings toward her father, there's no love lost in this movie, which depicts shooting and violence, as sexy, stylish, and bloodless.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

There is very little blood in Tomb Raider, even though many people are shot and/or injured through various means. Yet the one time blood is on the screen, it is from our heroine, Lara who unintentionally cuts herself with a knife while trying to save someone else. Why would the creators choose to show blood only this time, when it is a relatively minor injury compared to the many others that have been depicted? What is the effect on the audience when they see Lara bleed?

Lara’s actions promote many different messages. Consider what she says about:
Women... Are women (or anyone for that matter) able to defend themselves like Lara can?
Guns... What does this movie say about guns and the consequences of their use?
Colonialism... The British characters in this movie go to other countries with little regard for their cultures or customs. Even Lara’s “occupation”—a tomb raider—necessitates robbing historical sites of their antiquities. What does this movie “say” about preserving culture and respecting the rights of individual societies?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Violence, Coarse Language
AB PG Not Suitable for Younger Children
MB Not Rated Frightening Scenes, Violence
ON Not Rated Violence
QC G Not Advisable for Children
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider...

Home Video Notes: Lara Croft Tomb Rader / Lara Croft Cradle of Life

Release Date: 15 July 2014

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft: Cradle of Life release to home video as a Double Feature (Blu-ray).

DVD Notes: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Release Date: 13 November 2001

  • Production company: Paramount Pictures
  • Package type: Keep case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English & French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround).
  • Available subtitles: English. DVD Extras:
    • Deleted scenes
    • Cast & crew interviews (Digging Into Tomb Raider)
    • Commentary by director Simon West
    • Angelina Jolie’s physical training (Crafting Lara Croft)
    • Stunts and Visual Effects of Tomb Raider
    • The Tomb Raider videogame phenomenon (Are You Game?)
    • Music video - U2’s Elevation (Tomb Raider mix)
    • Tomb Raider timeline
    • Game demo (Tomb Raider Chronicles)
    • Website archive

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