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Tomb Raider 2 - The Cradle Of Life (2003)

Tomb Raider 2 - The Cradle Of Life (2003)

A new directer, and a completely new take on the filmatizations of the Tomb Raider series!

And it seems to be the end of it, too. I can't say I'm surprised. It was a good movie, but compared to the last it was all but flawless. The bits that bothered me a bit were mostly how both the butler and Bryce were always camped in the caravanette, always on the look out for when Lara called. She was always ready with clear instructions. She didn't pick up on the coffee mug hint (if it was a hint). Too many good people die. Alex, from the last movie, is suddenly gone with the wind and... most of the main battles take place either in a forest that looks like it was taken from LOTR or in the big city, in a shopping wall. It didn't really have the same atmosphere of mystique as the last one, and it feels like the main characters all underwent some subtle change since last time... for the worse.

There were plenty of beautiful sceneries, a great sense of adventure, plenty of action, actually pretty good relationship drama as well... but part of the charisma is missing. Plus, the plot is over-the-top fantastic, ultimate, the no-sequel-will-ever-match-up-to-this kind of ultimate that I guess - really did ruin the potential for a sequel.

But though I was a bit disappointed, I was also entertained. There are plenty of stunts, plenty of scenes; good intrigue along with clichés and loopholes. But... but I don't feel like writing any more butts. Its good, but not as good as the previous one! That's all.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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