The Lara Croft Movie in Santorini: Santorini is known and loved for its ample natural beauty. But Santorini's claim to fame extends beyond just its visual beauty for a little-known fact is that it comprises one of the filming locations for Angelina Jolie's movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life. The movie was based on the namesake video game series and was released in 2003.
Shooting commenced in 2002 in the quiet village of Oia. Some locals were elated at the prospect of starring alongside Angelina Jolie, even as extras, while others were outraged at the idea of their lovely town appearing in a film.
The movie opens with a shot of water sweeping over the island when an earthquake soon strikes. The movie presents beautiful locales, including underwater scenes where Jolie's character discovers a lost treasure of Alexander the Great.