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#1 of 27 Gary->dee

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Posted July 11 2003 - 05:59 AM

I think the commercials are so lackluster and border on irritating. They might as well call it Generic Summer Action Movie 2. But then again Angelina Jolie doesn't do anything for me. She looks like a genetic hybrid combined to make an uberwoman. I'd be surprised if this movie makes $40 million on opening weekend.

#2 of 27 Ron-P

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Posted July 11 2003 - 06:04 AM

Looks worse than the first, if that's possible.


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#3 of 27 Gary->dee

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Posted July 11 2003 - 06:12 AM

There's one slo-mo shot in which she's(I think) rolling on the floor and firing her guns and it just looks so ridiculous. As if she's giving birth or something. The look on her face is a contorted and twisted mess! It's like this Posted Image combined with Posted Image and a ponytail.

#4 of 27 Michael Reuben

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Posted July 11 2003 - 06:19 AM

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Generic Summer Action Movie 2

Sounds like a quote from the great promo that IFC is running in theaters, where patrons are trying to buy tickets for such titles as "Visually Stunning But Ultimately Pointless Sequel" and "Buddy Movie Featuring Stars With No Chemistry" (those quotations may not be exact, but they're close).

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Posted July 11 2003 - 06:29 AM

I thought the first film was terrible and I was a fan of the games. After the movie I lost interest in the Tomb Raider franchise and this one just confirms it. First action film this summer that I'll wait for the DVD. I think this film will bomb at the box office and really belive that Spy Kids 3D will be the victor of that weekend.
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#6 of 27 Gary->dee

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Posted July 11 2003 - 06:43 AM

Travis you might know more about this: does Lara have a British accent in the game or is it just for the movies?

#7 of 27 Todd Phillips

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Posted July 11 2003 - 07:11 AM

Yes, she is British in both the game and the movies.
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#8 of 27 Dennis Pagoulatos

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Posted July 11 2003 - 07:19 AM

Jolie nailed the character better than anyone who was a fan of the games could ever imagine, but unfortunately, the first film was mostly pure drek. The second one might actually be better but it would have to be A LOT better to get me into the theater to see it this time! And I'm a huge fan of the games and of the character, AND of HER! Posted Image

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#9 of 27 KyleK

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Posted July 11 2003 - 08:43 AM

I agree that this film looks awful, but there is one shot in the trailer that really stunned me. Its the one where they are freefalling with those little wing suits off of the skyscraper.

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#10 of 27 Gary->dee

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Posted July 11 2003 - 09:01 AM

Ok, Kyle I have to ask because that shot of them jumping off the building looks so mediocre to me. I mean they're jumping off a building and I'm guessing they have parachutes. What about it stunned you? Posted Image

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Posted July 11 2003 - 09:23 AM

I thought it would be fun to do.:b

I don't know, something about the sunset city and the wide shot looked like it was people actually doing it for real, then the close shot above them with the shadowed city below just seemed kinda cool to me. I'm sucker for Visually Stunning But Ultimately Pointless Action Movies. The rest of the preview however, looked dreadful.

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#12 of 27 Morgan Jolley

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Posted July 11 2003 - 09:38 AM

I'm looking forward to it, but that's because I'll get to see it for free. I'm not expecting a good movie, just some neat stuff blowing up while a hot chick runs around in slow motion, but do people really expect more than that?

#13 of 27 Mike Graham

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Posted July 11 2003 - 11:21 AM

Hated the first one and have no desire to see the second...but Speed helmer Jan de Bont is directing this time, so maybe it won't be so god awful after all.

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Posted July 11 2003 - 12:57 PM

Wait, how much money did the first one make? I can't believe after the first one that a sequal is even warranted and people actually thought it would be a "good" idea.

#15 of 27 Morgan Jolley

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Posted July 11 2003 - 01:00 PM

I think the first one broke even in theaters (had an amazing opening, like $50 million, then it went downhill fast).

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Posted July 11 2003 - 01:16 PM

In case any of you are interested, here are the box office stats for the first one. http://www.the-numbe...2001/TOMBR.html.

I think that a $274,500,000 worldwide gross would be enough to warrant a sequel. Though, Morgan is right about it dropping really fast after the first weekend.

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Posted July 11 2003 - 01:19 PM

It was a fun little popcorn flick. It's got boobs and things that go boom. What more does a man need?
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Posted July 11 2003 - 01:50 PM

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I'd be surprised if this movie makes $40 million on opening weekend.
Man, we just take those ridiculous grosses in stride nowadays, don't we?

I think Paramount might have done well if they'd released it earlier in the season; when I first saw the trailers I was at least a little curious, despite having utterly despised the first one. Now, though, I've seen the same lifeless preview too many times, and the summer's big guns (Hulk, T3, etc.) have made it look small. It may well wind up being a decent movie, but what interest I may have had is gone.
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#19 of 27 Gary->dee

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Posted July 11 2003 - 01:57 PM

This summer movies like X2 and Matrix Reloaded entertained me because not only were they great popcorn flicks filled with lots of action but they were smart and had something to say. Now I'm spoiled when it comes to sequels. Movies that just offer action and T&A like TR2 or Charlie's Angels 2 don't hold any attraction for me either in theaters or at home on DVD. I'm pretty particular(snobby?) when it comes to movies but that's just me. Posted Image I don't go to movies just to see a movie. It takes an awful lot to drag my butt to a theater.

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Posted July 11 2003 - 08:34 PM

The screenings held on Monday revel a much better film than the impression you all have (so far.)

It is considered much better than the first film and the movie focus's on plot and script to drive the action... Not the other way around this time.

If those who are TR fans, you will not be disappointed, for those who are not... I think you might be surprised how good this film is (entertainment value wise).

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