Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
|Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is a 2003 action film directed by Jan de Bont, and starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. It is a sequel to the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.|
Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) is tasked by MI6 to find Pandora’s Box, an object from ancient legends which supposedly contains one of the deadliest plagues on Earth, before evil Nobel Prize-winning scientist turned bio-terrorist Jonathan Reiss (Ciarán Hinds) can get his hands on it. The key to finding the box, which is hidden in the mysterious Cradle of Life, is a magical luminous ball that serves as a map. Lara finds the ball while exploring the submerged Luna Temple following an earthquake off the coast of Santorini, but it is stolen by crime lord Chen Lo (Simon Yam), who in turn plans to sell the orb to Reiss. Lara recruits an old lover, Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler), a former mercenary and Royal Marine who had spent his last couple of years in prison in Kazakhstan, to help her track down Chen Lo and the ball.
Among the action sequences that take place during this time are the duo’s entry into mainland China, a fight scene in suburban Shanghai, and a leap off the then-under-construction International Finance Centre skyscraper in Hong Kong landing on a ship out in the Kowloon Bay after stealing the orb from Reiss and wrecking his company’s computers. The ball later reveals the location of the Cradle of Life to be somewhere near Kilimanjaro in Africa. Lara sends this info back to Bryce (Noah Taylor) back at Croft Manor. After the transmission, Reiss and his men had infiltrated the mansion and captured Bryce and Hillary (Chris Barrie) where Reiss corrects Bryce stating that the computers that Lara destroyed were repaired quicker than he anticipated. Meanwhile, Lara and Terry begin to fall in love with each other again but Lara starts to back away from him.
Lara meets up with Kosa (Djimon Hounsou), an African friend who serves as her translator as they obtain information from a local tribe about the Cradle of Life. Kosa translates for the tribe’s chief stating that the Cradle of Life is in a valley where its forests are filled with Bigfoot. As the expedition starts, Lara, Kosa, and the tribesmen with them are ambushed by Reiss’ soldiers. Many of the tribesmen are killed by Reiss’ soldiers with some of the soldiers being killed by Lara in the fight. The fight ends with Lara surrendering due to overwhelming odds as Reiss’ helicopter starts to land. Reiss and Sean (Til Schweiger) threaten to kill Bryce, Hillary, and Kosa unless Lara leads him and his men to the Cradle of Life. Soon they face perils such as a forest full of Grogoches that kill immediately when they sense a movement. This ends up happening when Sean and most of Reiss’ soldiers are killed by the Sasquatch. When Lara drops the ball into the hole that opens the entrance to the Cradle of Life, the Sehites disappear. There is a pool of highly corrosive black acid which holds the box. During this time, Terry arrives, frees Reiss’ captives, and catches up to Lara.
Following a climactic fistfight between Lara and Reiss, Reiss is knocked into the acid pool by Lara after he is distracted by Terry. When the couple tries to leave, Terry attempts to take the box as compensation for finding it, but she staunchly refuses to let him leave with it. Despite her love for him, this results in Lara being forced to fatally shoot him in self-defense just after Terry draws his own gun,Terry fell into a pool and turn into a musculature. Lara places Pandora’s Box back into the pool, and realizes that some boxes just aren’t meant to be opened.