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July 28, 2003

A while back I disparaged the Tomb Raider 2 trailer for its glaring similarity to the Indiana Jones films. Coincidentally, I was able to make this comparison because today I saw Ms. Croft's sequel and the CBC was showing (in non-wide-screen, bastards) Raiders of the Lost Ark. To its credit, Tomb Raider 2 is slightly better than the first film. That said, it's still a shabby, clumsy action movie that blatantly rips off the Indiana Jones movies. Off the top of my head, a few similarities (this could all be garnered from the trailer, so they're hardly spoilers):

  • Indy needs to get a device which serves as a map to the treasure. So does Lara Croft.
  • Indy avails of local tribespeople for assistance. So does Lara Croft.
  • Indy speaks of the evil that lives inside the Ark. So does Lara Croft.
  • Some government agents seek the reticent Indy's help, just as happens in Tomb Raider.

The list goes on. Another pet peeve about the Tomb Raider films is that when the supernatural occurs (like those stone creatures coming alive in the first film), nobody bats an eye. Now, Lara may see this sort of thing every week, but nobody else says 'you know what, that just broke several laws of reality. Maybe we should pause to contemplate what occurred'. In this film (minor spoiler ahead, highlight the text below to read):

In the movie's third act, Lara and the gang appear to get airlifted into Mordor, complete with cave trolls. The similarity is striking.

In short, there's more tension, humour and wit in the first five minutes of Raiders than in both Tomb Raider movies combined.


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