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
Groups of Frames
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.