Original Release: July 21, 2003 (US)
Directed by: Jan de Bont
Written by: Dean Georgaris, Steven E. de Souza, James V. Hart
Produced by: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
Box Office: $156,505,388 (Worldwide)
Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, the orb falls into the hands of Jonathan Reiss, an evil scientist who deals in killer viruses and hopes to sell the secrets of the box as the ultimate weapon.
Recruited by British Intelligence to get the orb back from Reiss, Lara recruits Terry Sheridan, a British marine turned mercenary (and her former love interest) to help. The two embark on an adventure that spans continents in an attempt to regain the orb...
Gerard Butler (Terry Sheridan), Ciarán Hinds (Jonathan Reiss), Chris Barrie (Hillary), Noah Taylor (Bryce), Djimon Hounsou (Kosa), Til Schweiger (Sean), Simon Yam (Chen Lo), Terence Yin (Xien), Daniel Caltagirone (Nicholas Petraki), Fabiano Martell (Jimmy Petraki), Jonny Coyne (Gus Petraki)
- In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Angelina Jolie had to wear bra padding in order for her bust size to measure up to the videogame character's. Jolie wears considerably less (and possibly no) padding in this film, as the decision was made to give Lara more realistic dimensions.
- The film was banned in China because "it damaged China's reputation, giving the impression of a country in chaos, with no government and over-run by secret societies".
- The skin on Lara's upper left arm is rarely seen exposed in this film. Angelina Jolie sports a large tattoo on her upper left bicep which requires make-up to cover up. The fact her left arm is rarely bared in this film (her opening scene in a bikini is shot in such a way her RIGHT arm, not her left, dominates) may be due to criticism that the tattoo was sometimes poorly concealed in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
- Angelina Jolie is the only actor/actress in the movie to be American-born.
- Just as in the first film, there are several scenes in which the live-action Lara mimics the computer game version, in particular a scene in which she climbs around a pagoda and pole-vaults to a helicopter. She also takes a nasty fall as the animated Lara was prone to do.
- At the time of the film's release, Angelina Jolie said she had no desire to play the character a third time. Nonetheless, some planning for a third feature was undertaken until early 2004 when the studio announced plans for another Lara Croft film starring Jolie had been cancelled.
- Robson Green read for this film.
- Max Ryan screen-tested for the role of Terry Sheridan.
- Kelly Brook was rumor to be in talks to replaces Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.
- Lara claims that the Lunar Temple on Santorini was buried in a volcanic eruption around 333 BC. In fact, the eruption that destroyed most of Santorini has been dated to about 1645 BC.
Lara Croft: A bit rusty, are we?
Terry Sheridan: Oh, I think it's coming back.
Lara Croft: I expected more from a Scot.
Terry Sheridan: I don't expect anything from an Englishwoman.
Lara Croft: I'm not leaving you because I couldn't kill you. I'm leaving you because I could.
Nicholas Petraki: Hey, Lara, what do you say to two handsome Greek partners?
Lara Croft: Well, when you find two, let me know!
Terry Sheridan: So, where do I fit in?
Lara Croft: What do you mean? You're the guide.
Terry Sheridan: I mean, when you think back on the vast scheme of your hugely adventurous life... where do I fit in? Was I the love of your life, or just another bump on the road? Was I time well spent? Four months? More good than bad? Come on, it had to be more than that, am I right?
Lara Croft: You're right. It was five months.
Terry Sheridan: You wanted to find the Shay-Ling. The only way to get into their place is as their prisoners.
Lara Croft: Hmm. You might have told me that little gem before.
Lara Croft: Remember that "no gun" rule? I reconsidered!
Hillary: Perhaps you gentlemen would like some tea while you wait?
Lara Croft: No, they wouldn't. Tea is for guests. The door is for intruders.
Kosa: Do you ever do anything the easy way?
Lara Croft: And risk disappointing you?
Lara Croft: Everything lost is meant to be found. Don't worry.
Lara Croft: Truck? Hmm. I was thinking about something a little faster...
Lara Croft: I'm sorry to have to do this, but you're wasting time.
Terry Sheridan: You want to shoot me? Shoot me. Personally, I'd rather you do it... than them.
Terry Sheridan: Just like old times. I think that's the first time you've actually smiled because of me.
Lara Croft: Why did you do it?
Terry Sheridan: I started thinking. I was tired of doing things somebody else's way, and it was always going be somebody else's way.
Lara Croft: So, you abandon your men and betray your country?
Terry Sheridan: Leaving my men and my country, that didn't actually hurt as much as I thought. But leaving you did.
Lara Croft: Mm.
Terry Sheridan: You're a hard act to follow, Croft. You know why you and I get along so well?
Lara Croft: No.
Terry Sheridan: We are two of a kind, me and you.
Lara Croft: We are nothing alike.
Terry Sheridan: I don't think we're alike, but I do think we're a pair. Opposite sides of the same coin.
Lara Croft: Well, now that I have Her Majesty's permission...
Terry Sheridan: You're laughing at ne.
Lara Croft: No, at the fact that I used to find you charming.
Terry Sheridan: I am charming.
Lara Croft: Some things were not meant to be found.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Science Fiction Film