The Amazon Prime Video service features all three cinematic versions of Tomb Raider, played by Angelina Jolie and Alicia Vikander.
For a period of true testimonial among the masses of the art of video game, Lara Croft of Tomb Raider he has only appeared at the cinema three times so far, twice with the features of Angelina Jolie, another with those of Alicia Vikander, more recently: su Amazon Prime Video in streaming find all three feature films based on the Square Enix property (Lara was born under the Eidos label), so let’s take a closer look. If you have an Amazon Prime account, we remind you that you automatically have access to the Amazon Prime Video on-demand service.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider su Amazon Prime Video
The first movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie arrived in theaters in 2001, directed by Simon West, at ease in the action genre after the cult Con Air (he would later direct The Mercenaries 2 for Stallone). It cannot be said that the delicate casting of the protagonist had been a walk: the role was rejected by Denise Richards, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron and Uma Thurman, while Catherine Zeta-Jones, Demi Moore, Elizabeth Hurley, Sandra Bullock, were also considered. Ashley Judd, Christina Applegate, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and even Anna Nicole Smith! Even Kirsten Dunst and Milla Jovovich appear to have performed auditions.
Angelina Jolie managed to win the competition, training hard to achieve the necessary fitness, especially seduced by the possibility of traveling around the world: while shooting in Cambodia he became interested in humanitarian causes and adopted his first son, Maddox. The role of Lara’s father in the film is also played by her real parent, the veteran Jon Voight.
Daniel Craig, still not famous, is Alex West, Lara’s rival: curious that here he uses a pistol Walther PPK, the same weapon as James Bond 007, which he would play for the first time in five years in Casino Royale.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which cost 115 million dollars, grossed almost 275 in the world: a discreet response, not exactly triumphant, but enough to legitimize a sequel at Paramount, which saw in the series a possible revival of the Indiana Jones atmosphere.
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Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life on Amazon Prime Video
The sequel Tomb Raider – The cradle of life debuted in 2003, with Angelina Jolie by now the undisputed star, but with the direction passed to Jan De Bont: director of the two Speed and first director of photography, since the seventies, Jan was here at his last job behind the camera. Daniel Craig decided not to be in the game anymore, while Lara Croft went in search of Pandora’s box, trying to beat a mad scientist (Ciaràn Hinds), with the help of the mercenary Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler pre-300!). Despite a tighter budget of 95 million dollars and a slightly warmer judgment from critics, the film did not go beyond the 160 million global box office, an economic half flop that effectively stopped the saga, also because Angelina had in the meantime decided that his days as Lara were over. Probably the poor success of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The cradle of life it was also due to the parallel state of impasse of the videogame saga: the first reboot of Crystal Dynamics would not arrive before 2006 (Tomb Raider Legend) and the latest title of the native Core Design, Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, had just in 2003 marked a setback in the franchise.
Tomb Raider con Alicia Vikander in streaming su Amazon Prime Video
Lara Croft only returned to the cinema fifteen years later with Tomb Raider (2018), where she is played by Alicia Vikander, in a less sexy and relatively more realistic reinterpretation of the character, in line with the second reboot of the video game series, the Tomb Raider of 2013, again by Crystal Dynamics. The Norwegian Roar Uthaug, already behind the catastrophic The Wave, was chosen to direct this new action. The film license of the brand passed right in 2013 from Paramount to Metro Goldwyn Mayer, which for the recasting of the new Lara in a kind of origin story of the character he had also thought of Daisy Ridley, Saoirse Ronan, Emilia Clarke and Cara Delevingne, before Alicia, in tune with her partner Michael Fassbender fresh interpreter of Assassin’s Creed, decided to have her say in the cinema based on video games.
The public response around the world has been good for the reboot di Tomb Raider: 274,600,000 dollars brought home, out of a 95 budget, so much so that a sequel with the same protagonist has already been announced for 2021.