Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  • Time: 118 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan

Storyline:

Set in 1935, a professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action in his newest adventure. But this time he teams up with a night club singer named Wilhelmina “Willie” Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round. They end up in an Indian small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! They also discovered the great mysterious terror surrounding a booby-trapped temple known as the Temple of Doom! Thuggee is beginning to attempt to rise once more, believing that with the power of all five Sankara stones they can rule the world! Now, it’s all up to Indiana to put an end to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom.

One review

  • This movie is a great follow-up to one of the most relentlessly nonstop action pictures ever made, with a virtuoso series of climactic sequences that must last an hour and never stop for a second. It’s a roller-coaster ride, a visual extravaganza, a technical triumph, and a whole lot of fun. And it’s not simply a retread of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” It works in a different way, and borrows from different traditions.

    People often mistake this movie for a sequel. It is actually a prequel. However, I feel like this should’ve been a sequel because gone are Marion and Sallah. In their places: Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) and Short Round (Ke Huy Quan). They’re all fine, but they’re not characters I would like to get involved with or be around with.

    With all apologies to Ms. Capshaw, who obviously appealed strongly to the director, she’s no Karen Allen. Any chemistry between her and Ford is accidental and incidental. As a love interest, she’s a bust. Her role is therefore to scream a lot, get into trouble from which she needs to be rescued, and annoy the hell out of viewers who are tired of this sort of comedic damsel in distress act. It might be acceptable if it was more amusing and less tedious.

    However, there are some positive aspects to the film that I enjoy. The set design, art direction, special effects, and sound effects inside this underground Hades are among the most impressive achievements in the film. The mine cart scene is so exhilarating and exciting. Also, Mola Ram is intimidating and serves as a great villain due to his voodoo magic, and his his presence.

    “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” makes no apologies for being exactly what it is: Exhilarating, manic, wildly imaginative escapism. A few of the new characters I couldn’t handle, but as is, it’s a great movie. It has some great action, and a great villain.

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