the long-lost Temple of Luna, built by Alexander the Great
to store his most valuable possessions, Lara Croft discovers
a device that leads the way to the deadliest artefact of all
time: The legendary Pandora's Box. Hidden for centuries in
a place known to the pharaohs as "the cradle of life",
the box that once brought life to Earth now contains only
a lethal plague. Unfortunately for Lara, a ruthless bioterrorist
has uncovered the existence of the weapon as well...
Cradle of Life
starts off extremely promising. The opening chapters, which
see Lara's old friends unceremoniously dispatched by a ruthless
killer are incredibly captivating, although I doubt that the
graphic way they are murdered will make it onto the big screen
if the movie is to get a UK certificate below 18.
after an interesting opening the book slips into a coma and
never really recovers until the conclusion - which is nothing
that impressive anyway. The sad thing is it's not Dave Stern's
fault. His writing makes the best of a poor plot, and the
love interest side of the book is awfully contrived - with
terrible dialogue. Stern
no doubt was given the movie dialogue and storyboards to work
from and to his credit has tried to entertain with the below
par source material. But, as my dear grandmother used to say,
You can't polish a turd.
annoying thing is that, like the movie, the title is confusing:
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Now is
it just me? Or is this an unnecessary complicated title? Is
it a Lara Croft movie? Or a Tomb Raider movie?
Or is it a Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film? When stocked
in your local booksellers will you have to search under the
"L" or "T" aisle? Or will it be stocked
under "C" for "Cradle of Life"?
you thought the latest Playstation 2 Tomb Raider game
was disappointing then you might be in for a bigger let down
with the movie. Sadly, the book seems to indicate that the
movie won't be one you should be rushing out to see.
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