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Two live-action films based on the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' video game franchise, starring Creator/AngelinaJolie as Lara Croft.

The first film, ''Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'', was released in 2001. Lara is off looking for the Triangle of Light, which the Illuminati seek in order to control time. She has until the planetary alignment to do so, and has rival/love interest Alex West (Creator/DanielCraig) in her way.

The second film, ''Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life'', has Lara in search of Pandora's Box. Evil scientist Jonathan Reiss ([[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]]) seeks to weaponise the contents of Pandora's Box for biological warfare. Lara is paired with mercenary and former love interest Terry Sheridan (Creator/GerardButler), an ex-SAS man who betrayed the country and gets his chance to pay penance. While the first movie embraced its video game roots, the second attempts to insert a little actual drama and tries to take itself seriously as an action-adventure flick -- so seriously that some considered it not fun enough.

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!!These films provide examples of:

* ActionGirl
* ActionPrologue: The first film opens with Lara fighting a giant robot. This has no bearing on the rest of the plot, and is markedly different in tone from the rest of the film. Of course, it ''was'' just a training simulation.
* AGodAmI: That's how Illuminati sees the power of time travel in the first film.
* AlternateContinuity: To the games, of course. (Of course, the games themselves have no less than [[ContinuityReboot three different continuities]], just to add to the confusion.)
* AmmunitionBackpack: Lara could reload her pistols using a mechanism in her backpack called "bandolier tree" in the {{Novelization}}.
* AncientConspiracy: The Illuminati.
* AncientArtifact: Triangle of Light
* ArtifactOfDeath: Pandora's Box in the second film.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Pretty much everything to do with the planetary alignment in the first movie.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: ''The Cradle of Life'' has a roaring shark.
* BadassBookworm: Lara Croft, full stop. She actually does some of her fight training in her library.
* BambooTechnology: Most of mechanisms are this or [[{{Magitek}} magic]].
* BattleButler: When her mansion is being invaded by Manfred's men in the first film, Hillary dons a bulletproof vest and wields a shotgun. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Too bad we never get to see him do anything.]]
** He shoots from the upper level at the mercenaries breaking into the vault. Unfortunately, he's outgunned.
** In the second movie he acts as a sparring partner for Lara and handle himself quite well... until he makes Lara angry at him (as she was angry at the villains already.)
* BelligerentSexualTension: Lara and Alex in ''spades''.
* BetweenMyLegs: During the fight between Lara and the robot in the first film.
* BigBraToFill: Angelina Jolie wore padding in the first film to appear more like the famously busty character, but didn't in the second film.
* BookEnds: The first film starts and ends with Lara fighting her [[DeadlyTrainingArea training robot SIMON]].
* BoxedCrook: How Lara acquires the services of her old lover Terry Sheridan in ''Cradle of Life''.
* BraidsOfAction: Lara.
* BulletproofHumanShield: In the first film, [[TheDragon Powell]] grabs one of his Mooks to [[KickTheDog block a thrown spear]]. One he could've easily dodged.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Iceland as Siberia in first film.
** Scotland as China for the Great Wall sequence in the second.
* TheCastShowoff: Jolie did most of her own stunts. In ''The Cradle of Life'', there is a scene where Lara plays with a switchblade -- Jolie collects knives.
* CombatPragmatism: ZigZagged with RuleOfCool.
** Especially obvious in first film during the fight with some animated statues in collecting the first half of the Triangle.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster for the first film featured Lara in her trademark short shorts and tank top. In the actual film, she doesn't wear this clothes combo at any point; in the first action sequence, she's wearing the short shorts but has a t-shirt, and later in the film, she's wearing her sleeveless shirt but wears long pants with it.
* DismantledMacguffin: In the first film, the Triangle of Light is split into two pieces that were "hidden at the ends of the earth".
** [[spoiler: Three actually]].
* DoubleEntendre: In the second film, when a bikini-clad Lara gets in the boat after having splashed some men while riding her jetski:
--> '''Lara''': Hello, boys. You're all wet.
* DramaticLandfallShot: In ''The Cradle of Life''.
* DungeonCrawling: Rather self-explanationary.
* DurableDeathtrap: Present in both films, but taken UpToEleven in the second.
* FacelessGoons: During attack on the mansion in first film {{Mooks}} are wearing either noctovisors or balaclavas. Or both.
* GunsAkimbo: It's Franchise/TombRaider, what did you expect?
* ItsAllAboutMe: Manfred Powell, with bits of AmbitionIsEvil. He works for Illuminati, sure. He ''is'' Illuminati. But he don't give a damn about their schemes [[spoiler: so he kills the leader in order to take the Triangle of Light for himself and no-one else.]]
* KlingonPromotion: How [[spoiler: Powell]] seized control.
* LandmarkOfLore: Probably the most obvious one - Angkor Wat.
* LivingStatue: Available both in human and huge sizes.
* MadScientist: Jonathan Reiss from the second film is a cross between this and CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* MaleGaze: TheMovie.
* MissingTrailerScene: "This is where I start to have fun."
* MrFanservice: Alex West and Terry Sheridan.
* MsFanservice: Lara Croft, naturally.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Happens in first film just in the opening with SIMON. And then there is a huge statue, which is also assembling swords for [[DualWielding quadruple wielding]].
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Both Alex and Powell. Lara also counts, since [[spoiler:when she teams up with the bad guys, she does that only to get the artifact for herself.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Daniel Craig does a good job as an American, but slips up a bit on certain words/phrases.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Alex is [[PunchClockVillain tomb raider]] [[HiredGuns for hire]] and doesn't really care about whole Illuminati scheme to TakeOverTheWorld.
** The [[HiredGuns mercenaries]] from the first film [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere just walk away]] once [[spoiler: Powell dies]] and they won't get any more money.
* OurTimeMachineIsDifferent: The Triangle of Light. It's never explained how it's actually working, so it can be also OurTimeTravelIsDifferent.
* OverCrank: Utilized in the finale.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Real Life Designs the Costumes: The second film puts Lara in more outfits with longer sleeves. This was done because the makeup used to conceal Angelina Jolie's tattoos during the filming of the first film was not as effective as it was supposed to be.
** The scene in the first film where there is a large procession of Buddhist monks was not originally in the script. Simon West decided to shoot it because the monks just happened to be having their procession, and agreed to be filmed for the movie.
** The "duck boat" transports at the end of the first film were spotted on location, and the filmmakers requested to borrow them because they looked cool.
* RetCanon: The success of the first movie led to certain elements to appear in the Crystal Dynamics [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] of the game series. The most notable is Lara's dad being an archaeologist named Richard. The main hall of Croft Manor in those games also has a very similar layout to the version in the films.
** Appears to carry over into the [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 2013 reboot]] as well, when Grim mentions Lara's father "Dicky Croft."
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: The establishing character moment for the bioterrorist/scientist villain of the second movie, [[LargeHam Jonathan Reiss]], is him in a private jet with his clients. He [[BloodFromTheMouth poisons]] one who snitched on him to Interpol, intoning "this is the sound of a traitor dying" as he gurgles his last.
* RoleCalled
* RuleOfCool: TheMovie.
* ScaryBlackMan
* SceneryCensor: Daniel Craig in the first film.
* SceneryPorn: Cambodian part of first film.
* ScrewDestiny: Thanks to TimeTravel, Alex survives, and Powell [[AttackBackfire is badly wounded with his own knife]], but Lara's father is still dead, so it's ZigZagged with YouCantFightFate.
* SealedEvilInACan: Pandora's Box - MeaningfulName, isn't it?
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' — just watch carefully how Lara deals with a stone statue that is showboating with its sword.
** The first film includes two to director Simon West: the last name of the main male character Alex West, and the training robot [[RobotNames S.I.M.O.N.]].
* ShowerScene: Male and female shower scenes.
* SmugSnake: Manfred Powell.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Some of Lara's outfits.
* TempleOfDoom: The final site in Siberia from first film.
* TimeStandsStill: One of the functions of the Triangle of Light.
* UnderwaterKiss: Type B is used in the first movie, when [[spoiler: Lara does it to Alex]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: Powell tried to pull it on Lara. Twice. [[spoiler: Not that it worked]].
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: The Triangle of Light.
* WickedCultured: Powell again.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: The first movie would have ended a lot sooner if Lara Croft had followed her father's instructions and destroyed her half of the Triangle of Light.
** Or her father could smash it instead of leaving it to her with instruction to destroy.
** Or 5000 years ago, if one considers that the individuals that had separated the Triangle could have [[NoManShouldHaveThisPower simply destroyed the pieces]], instead of [[ForgottenSuperweapon hiding them]] at the corners of the Earth.
* YouKilledMyFather: Powell reveals he killed Lara's father just before the two fight at the end of the first film.

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