Tomb Raider: Anniversary was one of Angelina Jolie’s first big roles and the action-packed film thrust her into near-blandry land and branded her as a powerful lady capable of tackling tough dude films. It was a huge success and Jolie, in her first non-topscore film, had an eight-year-long career. She would go on to star in four more films. Let’s look at them.
First up is Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a follow-up on the successful horror filmials of Tomb Raider. Angelina Jolie is back as Tomb Raider in a new chapter. This time, the heroine is the daughter of a wealthy family who lives in Los Angeles. When her best friend is killed, she assumes the role of protector and seeks out her own personal guru, a man who can help her find her long lost father.
Tomb Raider Anniversary continues the story of the original video game. It picks up just after the events in the second game and allows us to revisit our ‘protector’ duties. The plot centers around the evil plans of a group scientists trying to create a videogame using cloning. This means that instead of just being an ordinary gamer, Angelina must now play the role of the savior of mankind. You’ll enjoy Anniversary if you liked Tomb Raider. It includes cut scenes from the original game.
Tomb Raider: After Rise is the third installment in the saga of the Tomb Raider series and Angelina Jolie returns as the heroine. We see her save the world with the help of a strange video game (not this one though). While the story is similar to the original, this game adds some interesting twists. Tomb Raider: After Rise stars Angelina Jolie as the lead character, along with Dylan O’Brien and Ki Hong Lee, and Dexter Darden.
While it isn’t necessary to actually know anything about the first Tomb Raider game before watching the sequel, most people who played the original know how difficult and cerebral the first game was. Fortunately, Tomb Raider: After Rise manages to maintain the interest of fans of the original while still managing to be enjoyable for a modern fan. The reason why is because the film follows the well-known science fiction tale that’s been told many times over. It’s not difficult to see why science fiction movies would be so popular if you grew up reading it.
A good example of this is that Tomb Raider started as something that all kids were talking about. The story of a group of researchers who were looking for mythical metal “The orb” was the basis of the first movie. The team needed the orb to activate an energy portal to take them to safety. Unfortunately, they didn’t find it in time. The team was left stranded on an unknown planet, without any means of travel, due to this failure. Because of their limited means, they had to rely on others for survival until help could arrive.
The film’s main storyline revolved around a science-fiction adventure. Angelina Jolie, however, didn’t let this stop her from casting her role. Despite having small roles in previous science fiction flicks, Angelina Jolie seemed like she was completely prepared for her role in the first Tomb raider video game. It may have just been a small role, but to someone who was unaware of the role ahead of time, it seemed like she was a perfect fit. It also made perfect sense that Angelina Jolie was perfect for the part of Lara Croft, given her own background and relationship with the Tomb raider franchise prior to this film.
The film did not do Tomb Raider any favors for its story, and this is probably why Angelina Jolie was ultimately cast to play the lead role. The film was good for her as she was able channel her frustrations and anger into one of her best acting performances. Although the movie failed at the box office, it did rake in an incredible amount of revenue thanks to excellent marketing and ticket sales. In the end, it can be said that Angelina Jolie delivers another great performance as the foul-tempered and slightly annoying tomb raider.