Copyright 2003

[ March 8th 2003 ]

According to our highly confidential sources planted deep within the secure confines of the Paramount Corporation, risking life and limb to bring us exclusive information on the new Lara Croft pic, we can reveal the new Lara Croft & The Cradle Of Life: Tomb Raider 2 movie trailer - featuring Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie - will debut in theatres on March 28th. Paramount has attached the trailer to The Core motion picture.

Directed by Speed king Jan de Bont, Tomb Raider 2 follows the adventures of British aristocrat Lara croft sent on a perilous mission to rescue the world from the exploits of an evil Chinese crime syndicate led by oriental crime lord Chen Lo. The movie opens with an explosive underwater action scene involving a struggle for a sacred ancient spear guarded by Chen Lo's evil henchmen followed by a mission to overthrow new villain Reiss from deploying an army of biological drones to wreak havoc on the world.

A reader of AICN recently posted a review of said trailer which read as follows: "The plot looked straight forward enough. Lara is looking for "Pandora's Box" so that some bad guys do not get their hands on it first and mess up the world. Nothing new there. The action looked pretty good. There were some cool shots of Lara firing her trade mark two guns at a car and then running over the top of it. Another shot of her on a motorbike jumping off some ledge out into the air.

"There was one underwater scene with a shark which looked even more fake than the ones in the computer games, but I was told that the effects are still not finished. By far the coolest scene almost at the end of the trailer was Lara and someone else sky diving off a really tall building. [Download footage HERE] Cut in with all this was some shots of various Lara at different exotic locations. There was also a sex scene which may have involved Lara, the scene jumped by very quick!"

Even though the original Tomb Raider motion picture was a commercial success - garnering more than $230 million in revenue worldwide and coining $48 million during its domestic opening weekend - the videogame port was panned by critics who slammed the movie for its lack of direction and weak plot. Performances from Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie as fearless aristocrat Lara Croft also came under fire. This time round, from what we've seen so far, the second of three Tomb Raider motion pictures looks set to dispense with the notion that Lara Croft should have remained in the keep of teenager's bedrooms under the prepubescent control of sweaty fingers guiding cyberspace's biggest breasts to the far corners of the world.

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