Frame by Frame: Lara Croft – Tomb Raider (2001)

Year 2001
Decade – 2000s
Cinematographer – Peter Menzies Jr.
Director – Simon West
Aspect Ratio – 2.39
Distributor – Paramount
Genre  Action
Lenses – Panavision Primo
Format 35mm; Super 35; Spherical
Other Key Words Shafts of Light; High and Low Angles; Phone Calls

Single Frames

Groups of Frames

Shafts of Light

Low Angle

Phone Call


Tomb Raider uses the following “flashback” to relay its convoluted backstory involving a tiny pyramid capable of controlling the flow of time. There’s three elements at play here:

#1. Angelina Jolie (as the titular character) silently reading a letter from her father while the camera does a 180 arc around her.

#2. Close-ups of Jolie’s father (played by Jon Voight) delivering the text of the letter directly to camera. Cross dissolves separate the Voight and Jolie shots.

#3. Flashbacks to an ancient civilization harnessing the power of the tiny pyramid.

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