Croft: Tomb Raider may be the natural conclusion to the success of
the computer game but it would seem Lady Lara has run out of firepower.
A great opening scene, strong soundtrack, tense action, interesting locations
and good special effects make for a potentially great summer blockbuster,
but Tomb Raider is a huge misfire. The villains are spineless, there
is a distinct lack of humour about the whole affair, and whilst there are
hints at sexual tension, it goes rather limp half way through and
never recovers. In short, this is an appaulingly tedious journey which
rarely hits the spot satisfactorily. Whilst Jolie is a refreshingly impressive
female hero with an outstanding strength on screen, she only serves to
highlight the fruitless padding and redundant storylines which are laboured
throughout. West could have at least tried to do a great version
of a traditional formula than a terrible attempt at something new, which,
although would leave little but a film version of the computer game, may
have been easier to follow and worth caring about.