Tomb Raider 2:The Cradle of Life

Tomb Raider 2 is problematic for a number of reasons. The most disturbing, yet fascinating scene for me was the scene where Angelina Jolie is walking through a mystical forest in Africa. As we know, this area is fabricated. As she walks through the forest, strange creatures emerge from behind trees. These creatures eat humans and appear to be savages. These creatures fit into the entire counterfeit apparatus of the film, but they also fit into the all too real misconceptions of Africa. Africa is often portrayed as primitive and the land of savagery. Although created during the early 1900s, a film such as Tarzan also characterizes Africa as an uncivilized continent, and I believe that Tomb Raider perpetuates these same stereotypes. Because these stereotypes of savagery and primitiveness in Africa are available to most people, these creatures could only exist in a land such as Africa. Rarely do you see a movie based outside of Africa with characters such as these.


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