Tomb Raider: The cradle of life
The extract is taken from Tomb Raider: The cradle of life. Lara Croft is back and on another mission to save the world. She must find Pandora’s Box from a temple located under water. Lara secured the artefact then it is stolen by a Criminal organisation intent on using it to create a deadly weapon.
The extract starts off with a long-view shot which sets the scene. The camera pans around so you can clearly see where the actors are and where this is all happening. It looks like it is set in a temple of some sort. The temple would of been made from CGI. There is fire on the walls which creates lots of shadows giving the temple a mysterious feel. The temple is only lit up by fire which hangs on the wall, this creates a more serious tone to the film also it suggests that something bad is going to happen soon. It creates a tension building atmosphere. The music at this point is slow strings at this point we know something important is about to happen because although the music is slow it is slowly getting louder and louder building up suspense.
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The next shots and contrasting the dark shots as it’s an extreme close up of the ball which is giving off bright sparks. This close-up grabs the audience’s attention and it also gets the audiences attention into the ball. The ball seems to be quite important and it has a lot of power. We are looking up to the ball and this shows its importance. Showing us a close up of this ball shows us as the audience exactly what it is but because we don’t see the importance of it there are lots of questions running through our mind. The actors know something that we don’t; they know why this ball is so important.
We look down on these two men struggling in the water. We get the feeling they are in trouble. The music is slowly building up more. These two men get killed and there is a quick straight cut to Lara Crofts face. This shot was a close-up showing her emotions. She looked upset as she just saw her friends get killed. This is a shot clip but she soon continues what she has come to do.
The men see Lara Croft and quickly get out their spears; the music is deep and sinister so we know something bad is going to happen. They shoot their spears and you hear it pierce her leg in a digetic sound. The digetic sound makes the spear seem a lot worse than it was and it sounded really painful and you can almost feel the pain Lara Croft felt.
Lara Croft drops the ball and it falls down. She then does a stunt and swings down from the platform she is on. She is the hero who seems to be able to avoid getting hurt and do its like she is super human doing all these stunts. As Lara Croft moves quicker the music gets faster and faster building up tension. We are looking up at her as she swings down. She has the power and it looks as if even though she doesn’t have the ball she knows exactly what she is doing. The editing is very quick pace to show that this happens over a short time and it makes it more exciting and plays with the audiences emotions, will she make it or won’t she.
The ball has been dropped and we look up to this man who is standing semi in the dark. From his black leather jacket and black clothes as well as his evil smile when the ball is in his hands this suggests that he is the villain and this is who Lara Croft is against. When the ball is in the man’s hands we look up to him. He has the power when the ball is in his bands just like Lara Croft did. We can tell that this ball is very important because no matter who has it in their hands they will always have the power. If this ball got into the wrong hands then it would be very dangerous.
One of the last shots we see is an underwater shot of Lara Croft. She has fallen from the rope she was swinging down and landed in the water. In the background there is a bright beam of white light shinning through the water which could symbolize that there is hope for her. The ball will get back to her and she will save the day. Although she is in trouble this white light is saying that the hero can make it and everything will end in a happy way.
In the extract there are only straight shots because it is a fast moving extract which builds up tension and suspense and gets the audience’s hearts beating as everything happens to fast. One min Lara Croft has the ball and everything is good and then her friends die and then she looses the ball to the villain and gets injured so there is lot in this small bit of the film. It really plays on the audiences emotions because you want Lara Croft to succeeded because she is the Hero so you are backing her up but just when you think everything is safe and she has won something bad will happen.