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Guns of the Silver Screen: V20N4

By Kyle Shea

The Guns of the Lara Croft- Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft - Tomb Raider came out in June 2001. It did well at the box office, but was received poorly by critics, even getting a Golden Raspberry Award. It was certainly no Casablanca or Avengers, with an okay storyline and somewhat questionable acting. The action scenes were very good but could not save the film in the eyes of critics. Its sequel, Lara Croft - Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, did a lot better, though still not usually considered a classic.

The movie was based off of the video game franchise of the same name. The main character, Lara Croft, is a British archaeologist that travels the world looking for ancient relics. With more than fifteen games and two movies, she has become a video game icon and one of the most recognizable characters in that industry.

The handguns “Lara Croft” uses in the first movie are a pair of Heckler & Koch USP Match 9mm handguns. The USP Match was made for American markets and is quite well respected and popular. Designed for target shooters, it was discontinued in 1999. It was also used in other movies like Blade 2 and 3, Underworld, and The Transporter 2.

The two pistols made up for the movie are unique, with a custom made ambidextrous slide release for the one she was shooting with her left hand. This was for the scenes where she had to rapidly reload the pistol. Using her thumb, she released the magazine clip, letting it drop to the floor, and then reloading it with custom mag loaders attached to her belt.

The scenes where the USPs were used the most in the movie include the opening scene were Lara Croft is fighting a robot, shooting at it as it runs around her. One memorable scene is when she enters a temple and battles an army of living statues with a sword. After slicing down one statue, she turns to see another statue raising a weapon to attack her,...

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