Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
USA / English
"If adventure has a name... it must be Indiana Jones. "After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
A Darker Sequel That Loses The Fun
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) sits at a table with a crime boss in
night club in China. He presents the man with an artifact he found, but
he soon realizes that the crime boss has poisoned him. A shootout
ensues; Indy winds up flying out the window of the club with its main
singer, Willy (Kate Capshaw). They then get in Indy's car, where his
new sidekick Short Round (Ke Huy Quan), a ten year-old kid, is driver.
The criminals pursue in a furious chase scene, before the three heroes
escape on an airplane; headed to dramatically crash at the hands of the
Like its predecessor Raiders of the Lost Arc (the beginning claims this
however is a prequel), the Temple of Doom opens with a bang; an
engaging, entrancing, and exciting action set piece that recalls the
fun and enjoyment of the original. However the sequel quickly loses the
energy; whereas Raiders never paused for a breather between its
high-voltage action scenes, TOD leaves plenty of empty space between
the opening shootout and the next sequence: the end.
It was a good idea of the creators of the film to not make a re-hash of
the first. The darker mood and story they create is a good idea;
however the film is too dark and not very fun. In the sequel hearts are
torn out, sacrifice rituals are performed, Indy goes evil even
(drinking blood? That's more sci-fi then action; the series at that
point losing its feeling of realism amidst the extraordinary), there's
a cavern full of an endless supply of bugs, and kids are forced into
slavery. TOD loses the fun amidst the revolting darkness, stopping for
too long a breather between the action.
Harrison Ford is still an iconic and likable hero; his grit and charm
are intact. But his supporting cast is less then welcome this time
around. Kate Capshaw is an annoying scream-machine of cliché feminism;
really she does little more then to complain, scream and even do both
at the same time. In the previous film, Indy had a playful relationship
with his girl; in this film his relationship with Willy can just be
described as weird. Ke Huy Quan may be fine, but his Jackie-Chan
inspired karate (he takes down villains with ease) takes away any
believability the film once had.
The art direction befits the film's bleak attitude, and John Williams
also follows suit; creating a darker, more sinister variety of musical
composition that befits the film's evil turn.
The fun doesn't begin again until the impressive mine cart chase
begins; from this point onward master-director Steven Spielberg creates
tension and excitement, fulfilling the promise to entertain. But it's
far too late to salvage the entire film; an unholy mess of un-enjoyable
plot. There is no good-natured soul or much fun to the Temple of Doom.
There is however a disgusting dinner scene in which the natives eat
everything from live snakes, to cockroaches, to monkey brains, to human
eyeballs. Lovely, just lovely. 6/10
"He's not insane, he's crazy!"-Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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