(Review originally written at 17 June 2005)

This movie is good as pure mindless entertainment.

Yes, of course it's a complete Indiana Jones wannabee and rip-off at times but just like the movies made in the same period, "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns", it's a fun and at times good rip-off.

It amazes me to be honest how many people complain about the plot holes and the lack of realism of the movie. Well no offense but when you want realism you shouldn't watch a movie based on a video game in the first place. The story of the movie isn't really of much importance, it's just an excuse to bring some action to the screen and the action is something that most certainly does not disappoint. The action sequences are nicely executed and highly original. So the movie just simply serves its purpose; to bring some mindless entertainment.

This movie is much better than its sequel "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life", even though both movies are just silly, this movie at least isn't sloppy made and has far superior action sequences and less silly and unlikely moments. Guess that means that Simon West is a better action director as Jan de Bont is.

The cast & crew are great. Angelina Jolie is a great and wonderful Lara Croft and the movie has a nice atmosphere and is edited well together. The special effects were good and enjoyable and never were overused in any scene.

The villains are a bit underused and uninteresting but somehow in this case it doesn't disturb me. I also missed some good humor at times, for some reason I have a feeling that the movie would had been better if it was written by British writers. But the mindless and great action sequences truly compensates for all the flaws.

Just sit back and enjoy this movie!


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