One of the most successful films of Angelina Jolie’s career is also the origin of one of her worst failures: a disaster that ruined the plans for the saga

The highest grossing film of the actress is ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’, with 261.2 million dollars. However, she is closely followed by an ambitious action production that she could have given much more of herself, but it did not work out.

Although the history of cinema has left us great examples that sometimes a good sequel can have enough potential to match -and even surpass- the original film on some occasions, it is not the case of a continuation of one of the films that marked Angelina Jolie’s career forever, which, far from picking up the success of its predecessor, its future was ruined as a great action saga.

Since began her acting career in earnest in the early 90sAngelina Jolie has worked in more than sixty series and films and, although her list of mega-hits is not especially long for everything she has done, there are various roles in his career for which he will always be recognizable. The first of them in Interrupted innocencework for which she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress when she was only 24 years old, but also Mr and Mrs smithafter which he began a relationship with Brad Pitt that would last more than 10 years, maleficent and of course, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Premiered in the year 2001 under the baton of Simon West, Lara Croft: Tom Raider was a real bombshell in its time. It was the adaptation of the famous video game series tomb Raider that since 1996 had been triumphing on different platforms and Jolie was an absolutely perfect choice for the role of the famous archaeologist.

Choosing her, however, was not an easy task and, after finding out about the adaptation plans, there was much speculation about which actress would be the ideal one for the role, with famous names on the table: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Demi Moore and Denise Richards, among many others. Finally, the chosen one was Jolie and, although at first the choice was controversial for various reasons, Simon West was clear: She was Lara Croft.

After four months of filming, the film was released in the summer of 2001 and although it was not exactly a gift to critics, it was a real blockbuster. In the first place, he broke several records, but it is also managed to amass 275 million dollars at the box office and become, something that remains to this day, one of the most profitable video game adaptations on the big screen. While, The reviews weren’t particularly favorable. with an average of only 20% favorable ‘reviews’ as collected by Rotten Tomatoesbut Lara Croft: Tom Raider it had been successful enough to be considered a commercial bombshell and earned a sequel: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

And there would come failure. Perhaps a film with such poor reviews, despite its commercial success, should not have gotten a sequelbut the reality is that in 2003 a second part was released again with Jolie in the skin of Lara Croft and with Gerard Butler in the cast that It didn’t get good reviews either. -although somewhat better than those of the first, by the way-. Nevertheless, the performance at the box office had nothing to do with a discreet collection of 156 million dollars compared to the 100 spent that had nothing to do with the compared to the 275 million dollars that the previous installment had raised.

“Strong, banal, empty, frantic, plasticized, tasteless, monotonous, violent without blood and sexy without sex”I would get to post about the movie The Washington Post.

Even so, the producer continued to consider that Lara Croft it was a good deal and he again made plans for a third sequel, but Jolie refused. As she later assured, she was not happy with the result and, although they spent a lot of time trying to improve on the second film, not being able to do so was enough to throw in the towel and go from being the archaeologist if the saga continued.