Lara Croft Tomb Raider

  • Directors: Simon West
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Colin Wilson
  • Writers: Screenplay, Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Story, Sara B Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, Simon West
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig

The film opens with Croft in an Egyptian tomb, seeking a diamond at one end of a chamber. As she approaches she is attacked by a large robot. After an intense chase and battle, she disables it by ripping out its motivational circuits. She takes the diamond, which is revealed to be a memory card labeled ‘Lara’s Party Mix,’ and inserts it into a laptop computer inside the robot, whereupon it plays music. Now it is revealed that the scene took place in a practice arena in Croft’s home, and that her assistant, Bryce, programmed the robot, to challenge her in combat.

It is the day of the first phase of a planetary alignment, culminating in a solar eclipse on the Earth, which happens once every 5,000 years. In Venice, the Illuminati search for a key to rejoin halves of “the triangle,” which must be done by the final phase of the alignment. Mr. Powell, an Illuminati member, assures that they are almost ready, but in reality he has no idea where to find the key.

Croft’s butler, Hillary, tries to interest her in several projects, but she ignores them. 15 May, as Hillary is aware, is the day that Croft’s father disappeared many years earlier. She has not recovered from his loss.

At the mansion, Hillary and Bryce are shocked to see Croft wearing a dress. She goes into the garden to her father’s memorial, then returns inside, where Bryce has a reprogrammed SIMON, ready to challenge Croft once again. Hillary reveals a silver tray holding Croft’s pistols, which she takes with a smile.

Face Off

  • Directors: John Woo
  • Producers: David Permut, Barrie M Osborne, Terence Chang
  • Writers: Mike Werb, Michael Colleary
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

Public enemy number one and freelance terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) is being relentlessly pursued by FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta). Years earlier, Troy had attempted to kill Archer, who barely survived with a chest wound, but the bullet struck Archer’s little son Michael who died of his injuries.

Troy is recorded in the FBI files to have a whole list of terrorism-related offences, including bombings and political assassinations. The FBI receives information that Castor’s brother Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) has chartered a plane at a Los Angeles airport, and Archer knows the Troy brothers well enough to guess that Pollux “doesn’t fly without big brother!” Archer leads an FBI team in chasing the plane down a runway and is able to shoot out one of the engines. Unable to take off, Castor kills both the pilot and one of Archer’s agents, then crashes the plane into a hangar. In the ensuing chaos, which leaves several FBI agents wounded or dead, Pollux is captured by the Feds and Castor is knocked into a coma after bragging to Archer about a biological bomb that will destroy Los Angeles.

Archer initially believes Castor was bluffing, but after the FBI finds schematics for the bomb on a disk recovered from Pollux’s briefcase, Archer realizes that the threat is genuine. Although he learns the date of the bombing from several of Castor’s henchmen, including Castor’s bomb supplier Dietrich Hassler (Nick Cassavetes), Archer is unable to find any information about the location of the bomb itself. Knowing that the only way to obtain the location is from Castor’s brother, Pollux, Archer’s colleagues, Tito and Miller, present him with a top-secret mission and convince him to undergo a surgical procedure to temporarily graft Archer’s face and pose as Castor in order to gain information about the bomb from Pollux. (Though the time-period is never specified in the film and largely implied to be the present, the technology shown here and later in the prison is partially anachronistic, contrasting with the technology used in the rest of the film.)

Archer then brings Adam Hassler, Castor Troy’s son, into his family, in order to fulfill his promise to Sasha of not allowing Adam to grow up to be a criminal.