Croft: The Cradle of Life' and 'Confidence'

Saw two films on the plane - not much to write home about ;-)
On the plane home, I watched Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life and also 'Confidence'. Neither was particularly good, although both probably worth a DVD rental.

First of all, Lara Croft. If you've had your head stuck in a hole, you won't yet know that Lara Croft films are part Indiana Jones, part James Bond, part foxy bird showing off. Angelina Jolie does a good job all the way through - they do make sure you get a good look at her, and she looks good. I'm a bit concerned about nipples on a wet suit, but I guess those details don't matter when you're 14. She also does an excellent English accent throughout, going as far as to say "bugger" (which I did wonder could better have been "oh bloody hell", as only the English can do ;-).

The film's a bit light on plot and purpose, but it's good action, and the (predictable) stuff between Lara and her ex-feller is kind of fun (if for nothing else than getting Angelina to smile and laugh). The ending's a bit naff, but then I guess it's supposed to be like that really. Like I say, this isn't great, but if you're bored one night, get it out on DVD or something.

As for Confidence, a different kettle of fish. It's a bit like The Usual Suspects in style - it's non-sequential, twisted-twist type plot that doesn't quite reveal itself until the end. The film also reminded me of "Where the Money Is" (which I saw in a very nice open air cinema on a Greek island). Anyway, it's similar in that it's a load of people you don't really know, with a good looking woman, performing some sort of plot that doesn't seem to have any bearing on life in general. I'm not sure how some films are like these, and others are not, but there you go.

Confidence is pretty smooth - it's all about a scam, and the lead scammer is very slick (what ever his name is). His buddies are the usual crowd - one quite cool guy, and one annoying bloke with irritating habits. They then get the help of a fit woman, and a couple of other people, and you have the film.

I'd say this one is a "nearly, but not quite" film. I don't know what would make it better, but it's somehow not that great. However, worth a DVD rental, or wait until it's been in the cinema for a while and the tickets are cheap!

(Speaking of which, I hear Stelios has started easyCinema - I'd love to get some details about that - in particular, what's the experience like?)

Submitted by coofercat on Tue, 2003-12-02 17:06


'Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life' and 'Confidence'

To comment on easyCinema, the only one available at the moment is in Milton Keynes. So who would actually go to Milton Keynes to see a movie? Ormore to the point, who would go to Milton Keynes at all? Let alone live there and go to easyCinema? Well, ok, Ralph maybe.

Submitted by Bruno (not verified) on Wed, 2003-12-10 19:58.
'Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life' and 'Confidence'

...and only old films, it seems :-(

Submitted by coofercat on Fri, 2003-12-12 21:03.