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Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderTomb Raider (PG-13)

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Leslie Phillips,
Mark Collie and Jon Voight

Contents: video game violence, slight nudity, stuff blowing up

Rating: 5 (out of 10)

Quick Summary: Lara Croft: archaeologist, heiress, ass-kicker.   Finding a mysterious clock in the walls of her mansion, she sets out on a quest to find a mysterious artifact that gives its owner unlimited power.  Naturally, there are those who would find it first...

A question kept running through my mind as  I watched this film: "Are those real?"  And by "those" I mean Ms. Jolie's lips.  Exactly how many collagen implants has she had, anyway? 

But I digress.

Tomb Raider is based on the popular series of video games of the same name (and for the record, which I have never played).  It's the latest in a series of films and TV shows based on electronic entertainment.  While Tomb Raider is certainly several notches above the truly awful "Super Mario Brothers" or even "Pokemon", it's still a flawed film.

The good parts: several good action sequences.  A great F/X laden scene where ancient statuary coming to life.  Oh yeah, and stuff blows up real good.  Even the butler gets in a few shots.  Speaking of the butler: he's played by Chris Barrie (a.k.a Arnold Judas Rimmer), and he's not the smeg-head he plays in Red Dwarf, either.

However, despite these fun action sequences, (including the fun opening scene) I found myself getting bored when the shooting stopped: the exposition and character development (such as it was) dragged on far too long.  I don't have anything against plot, mind you, but the start-stop-start of the action made me feel like I was trapped in rush-hour traffic.

Wait for a cheap matinee or video rental.

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