after having seen the movie i can say that yes, this sequel is better, but not enough to make it a good film and maybe you'd be better off not seeing it if you want some advice from me.
before the movie even started, we were bombarded with no less than 7 trailers: cabin fever, scary movie 3, master and commander, the rundown, the fighting temptations, marci x, and dickie roberts. out of all those movies, i know cabin fever will be good (i read it harkens back to the glory days of horror movies, with plenty of gore, gratuitous nudity, and bad music), although it's not something you can see from watching the trailer. master and commander might also be interesting, with the latest hot trend being pirates, a movie about imperial sailing might not be too bad.
when we first see lara croft, she's sporting a black bikini, riding a skijet. this must be the year of the black bikini, because demi moore wore one in charlie's angels 2. minutes later, she changed into her silver skin tight scuba outfit, as featured prominently in the movie poster. from there we soon learn that lara must use this amber orb, which is actually a map, to find the location of pandora's box, before this evil biological weapons dealer can get his hands on it. apparently pandora's box, besides containing unspeakable insight into things unknown, also houses deadly diseases which can be used to wipe out civilization as we know it. hey, at least she doesn't distort the fabric of space-time like in the first movie, like, come on, nobody can do that! finding weapons of mass destruction inside of a mythical box though, that's something i can get behind.
why is archaeology regarded as such a sexy movie profession? when was the last time you met a hot archaeologist? i'm sure they exist, the rules of probability says they do, but movie characters like indiana jones and lara croft make antique hunting something quite special. i wonder if there will suddenly be a surge of applications to top archaeology schools around the world.
here's something fun to do if you're unfortunate enough to watch this movie: count the number of times panasonic products make it onto the big screen. it's very obvious that the movie producers have signed a product placement deal with said electronic company.
just some more random notes, no real spoilers:
- those terracotta warriors look so fake! the real ones each one is different. if you look carefully in the movie, you'll see repeating heads. plus, if they were really priceless, why would the evil chinese collector guy smash them up during his fight with lara croft?
- lara croft rides a neon dragon! that scene was cool.
- if the orb can reveal the secret location of pandora's box, why doesn't lara croft just smash up the orb, so nobody could ever find the box?
- alex, who lived and worked in hong kong, told me geographical stuff about the city that only a native would know, like, "the building they're jumping off from isn't the same building they were just in." i'm sure hong kong moviegoers will appreciate these inaccuracies.