Media Comparison: Tomb Raider and The Matrix

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Media Essay Assignment aim: To compare the first scenes if the films 'Lara Croft tomb Raider' and 'The Matrix' In this essay, I aim to compare the first scenes of the films 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider' and 'The Matrix'.

I want to show how the main female characters, 'Trinity' and 'Lara Croft', appear superior to any other character, although made to appear weak at first.

In 'Tomb Raider', they employ a clever use of low angle shots, and eerie music to create an atmosphere of danger and venerability.

The first shot is an extreme close up of Lara Crofts eyes, but then broadens into a long shot, that shows her hanging upside down on a rope.

This, along with the Arabian style music, makes her seem exotic. This leads the viewer on to think that she may be an explorer of some sort.

Then, there is a close up of what we soon find out to be a computer chip, but appears to be a large jewel on a stand.

After this, there is a long shot of her jumping off the rope and the viewer sees the surrounding setting for the first time. It appears to be some kind of ancient tomb or ruin.

As she starts running, there is a close up of her weapon belt, equipped with guns and knifes, it then returns to the long shot of her, and we see different kinds of statues, pillars and crypts, making it look Egyptian. This also strengthens the idea that she is an explorer.

Along with the cobwebs, the streams of light coming from the ceiling, portray it as very old and unstable place, although you later see that it is a part of her house used for training.

The shots are all dead on, making...