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This is set just before Raider's of the lost Ark, so in a sense it's more or a prequel than a sequel. It's not quite as sharp as Raiders, but is still head and shoulders above nearly all other films.
Harrison Ford returns as Jones, as does Spielberg to direct and George Lucas to produce. So you know you're in for another roaring ride. Also starring is Kate Capshaw (now Mrs Spielberg in real life) and Jonathan Ke Quan as 'Short Round', Jones' young helper.
This film is set entirely in Asia, and starts in China in a club called Club 'Obi Wan' ( a reference to Star Wars), where Jones has completed a job for a Chinese gangster. The gang won't pay, and poison Jones, who immediately starts a fight to get the antidote. He also meets Willie Scott (Capshaw), a singer. After getting the antidote, he, Willie and Short Round make a run for it, only to end up on a plane that is owned by the gangsters (watch out for a cameo by Dan Ackroyd as the man who puts them on the plane).
The plane crashes in India, and after another no stop action scene they wind up in a village where there are no children, because they mysteriously disappeared (a reference to the story of the Pied Piper) and have been taken to a dark castle.
Indiana Jones sets off with Willie and Short Round and they go to the castle to find out what is happening.
One again, everything is on inspired form, from the action to the dialogue and direction. Not as good as the first (which was impossible to beat), but nevertheless this is a huge amount of fun which you'll watch over and over again (I do).
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is a 1984 Adventure movie directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw and Amrish Puri.
The Plot ( Warning Spoilers )
The film opens in Shanghai, China with Indiana Jones ( Harrison Ford ) meeting with ruthless Crime Boss Lao Chen, after a double cross and narrowly escaping Lao Chen's clutches, Indy his sidekick "ShortRound ( Jonathan Quan ) and nightclub singer Willie Scott ( Kate Capshaw ) flee China on a plane that unknown to them is owned by Lao Chen, after the pilots bail out of the plane and leave Indy and his crew to die they manage to escape out of the plane on a rubber dinghy and float down a raging river through the Himalayas
They end up in Mayapore, A desolate Indian village thats falled upon severe hard times after a sacred stone has been stolen from them by followers of a local Maharaja and lays in the palace in Pankot, along with the children from the Village, after promising the villagers he will rescue the children and recover the stone from the palace, Indy, Shortround and a reluctant Willie Scott begin their quest, however dark forces await them at the Palace and they find themselves in a battle for survival !
"Temple of Doom " is a very different movie to Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the first movie was fresh, original and very humurous in places, Temple is a much more Dark movie with some undertones of Child Slavery, Cults and Human Sacrifices.
I really think that this is the poorest movie in the series up to this point and while its still an excellent movie there are too many disappointing parts for me.
The first is the character of Shortround, he's far too annoying and seems to have been purposely placed in the movie to provide comic relief and lighten the tone of the movie, as if he wasn't around then this would be a far darker movie than it already is and may put off some of the first movies loyal followers, the other annoying character to me is Kate Capshaw's Willie Scott, she's just too much of a screaming bimbo with no strength or depth of her character, a stark contrast to the strong willed Marion Ravenwood character from the first movie.
However those negatives aside. the movie has many positives as well, the special effects are an obvious improvement on the first movies effects and the action is fast paced and furious, Harrison Ford once again does a splendid job with his portrayal of Indy and this is truly the role he was destined to play..even more than Han Solo I think.
Overall Temple of Doom is still a classic movie, and while its probably the weakest in the series of Indiana Jones movies, its still head and shoulders above a large number of other movies in the same genre, definitely worth a look but parents should be careful with the kids around as there are some disturbing scenes contained within
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Indiana Jones is back and he is in Hong Kong where he has done a job for a gangster and now when the time comes for the exchange Indiana faces danger as the leader is not prepared to part with his diamond so Indiana has to make a run for it but in the struggle he ends up taking Willie as singer with him.
Indiana, Willie and Short Round (Indiana's little helper) escape on a plane but little do they know it belongs to the gangster and so they end up having to bale out over Indiana when the pilot and co pilot have abandoned the plane. As they start to look for help they come across a small village which is struggling to survive since they have had their good luck and protection stone stolen. Indiana is asked to help recover the stone as it s a precious one which holds lots of power.
Indiana heads off to find the stone and comes across a palace which is home to one of the Prince's of India but he soon discovers a lot more is taking place at the palace and it is not good.
Will Indiana, Willie and Short Round be able to find the precious stone and return it to the village and more importantly will they be able to escape from the palace and get away from the cult who are taking root there?
To be honest I really was not looking forward to watching this film as I did originally see it when I was quite young and some of the scenes with the religious cult did scare me but I can say that after re watching them I don't know why I got so scared! The storyline to the film was good and again I found it to be quite religious and I did actually learn a few things from it. It is full of action and adventure just like the first one ones. I did get slightly confused though as this is the second film but it is set before the first one.
Harrison Ford was again excellent in his role of Indiana and I loved watching him doing the action scenes. He looked the part and I loved the chemistry which there was between him and the young actor Jonathan Ke Quan who played Short Round. There was at times a father and son chemistry but at other times it was Short Round who was being the older and wiser person and giving Indiana advise. There was also a good partnership between both men and the character of Willie, played by Kate Capshaw, she seemed very stuck up and prim and proper at the start of the film but I did enjoy watching her change and grow as the film went on.
There were a lot of supporting actors and actresses in the film but for me the one who really stood out was, Amrish Puri who played Mola Ram. It was also nice to see Dan Ackroyd with the small part of Webster.
Again with this film there is a small element of comedy which for me made the film so much more watch able and fun. I think that with out this comedy then the film would have been a little too serious and maybe not have held the young audience which it was aimed at.
The special effects in the film do now look very dated but as this film was made back in 1984 then they can be forgiven. I did at times notice very bad backdrops and awful explosions but at the time of release these would have looked amazing. I think that this film would still hold up in today's market as long as amazing effects an excellent stunts were not expected. The music throughout the film was again on of the highlights for me. It was composed by John Williams who did the first film and other big ones such as Star Wars and Jaws. It was all very orchestral and dramatic and it really did help with the drama and emotions of the film. I loved how the Indiana theme music was featured several times throughout the film.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to talk of. The run time of this film is 118 minutes and it does have a PG certificate. I do agree with this rate and think the film would appeal; greatly to children around the 8 years age.
The DVD is available on site such as Amazon and EBay for just a few pounds. I am definitely going to recommend this film as it carried the series on very well. I will advise that the special effects do look rather dated compared to the ones which we have toady but as this film s over 25 years old they can be forgiven.
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The second Indiana Jones film, the Temple of Doom, is largely criticised by fans of the series as the least clever and most silly of the three entries, but I still maintain that it's the very best film. It has all the charm of the previous film, and introduces a magnificent sidekick named Shortround who becomes both Indy's foil and saviour.
Harrison Ford returns as Henry "Indiana" Jones, the famed archeologist and lecturer who trots the globe solving mysteries and going on crazy adventures to collect supposedly mythical trinkets and objects. This time, Jones finds himself aligned with actress Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott (Spielberg's own wife, Kate Capshaw) and a young Chinese boy called Shortround (Ke Huy Quan). They travel to a magical temple called the Temple of Doom, where they attempt to learn what's been causing child kidnappings in the area. Here they meet Mola Ram (Amrish Puri), a Voodoo priest who sacrifices anyone who stumbles upon the temple.
There are numerous magnificent set pieces, ranging from a mine cart chase, to a high-wire free for all on a rickety rope-bridge. Also, the escape from a doomed plane in a dingy is an incredibly iconic and one of the best set pieces not only in any Spielberg film, but in any action adventure film ever.
This is a thrilling film that, although missing the presence of Marion Ravenwood, makes up for it with two new sidekicks that are daft, but extremely endearing and genial. Ford's also great once again as the incredibly charming lead character. It's also worth praising the late Amrish Puri, whose turn as the villainous Mola Ram makes him one of the all-time bad guys in adventure cinema.
Although many don't like it as much as the first film, I still maintain that this is the best of the bunch. This is the highly underrated entry into the Indiana Jones series, and actually my favourite. Shortround makes this caper even more immensely enjoyable than it already is.
Set a year before the events that occurred in Raiders Of The Lost Ark we now follow Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) along with some new friends on another adventure. This time, Indiana has only just managed to escape from Shanghai with his life before being put on a rogue plane which crashes in India.
While talking to the local villagers they discover that their children have been forced to work in mines at a very young age and they are subjected to torture on a daily basis at the hands of the priest Mola Ram. Indiana, accompanied by his young sidekick Shorty and singer Willie (Kate Capshaw) whom he picked up in Shanghai set out to find the Sankara stones which are giving the priest immortal power however with a huge army at his beck and call it's not going to be easy.
After recently watching the first Indiana Jones move Raiders Of The Lost Ark and being extremely dissatisfied with the lacklustre effort I didn't exactly have high hopes for this film either however I wanted to see all three of the original movies after hearing such great things about them and after watching the 2008 adventure Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and thoroughly enjoying it. So was this movie any better?
Well to put it in laymen terms, yes! I found this film to be superior to the first film in every possible way. I think it's clever that the team behind the film decided to make it a prequel too, it gives a bit more depth and information about the character of Indiana Jones which was something I thought was lacking in the first film. This film is set a year before the events in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and in doing so it gives us a better look into Indiana's life, showing the viewers that he's not just a one trick pony as it were!
The film starts strongly, much stronger than the previous film and from then on it doesn't let up, infact this film centres around rip-roaring action from start to finish and really was a joy to watch. I was stunned at how much I found myself to be enjoying this film. It takes the rule of sequels (or prequels) and turns it right on it's head, usually you'd expect the original film to be superior however in this case the second film in the series is far better, (think Terminator 2: Judgement Day compared to The Terminator & you'll get the idea) this is one of the most action packed films I've watched in a very long time and I really can't express how much I actually enjoyed this film right from the start to the very end.
The action is thick and fast and takes up around 70% of the screen time which I loved and thought that the lack of action in the first film was part of it's downfall for me. The movie runs for approximately two hours so for a family film it may be a bit long for some young children however I expect that they'd thoroughly enjoy this just as much as anyone else would as a result of the constant vigorous, spine tingling action that runs through the film at a fast and even pace. When the film was nearing it's end there's a lot of action, probably a good 45 minutes of sheer action sequences which were absolutely exhilarating to watch. Everytime one scene finished I predicted that the film had come to it's end but the action just kept on going and going. Usually I would find this type of film quite dull and dragged out however I was loving this film so much that I found myself willing it not to end, it was simply phenomenal and for such an improvement from the first film I really was astounded.
Harrison Ford once again takes centre stage and it's a stage that was undoubtedly made for him, he was the perfect choice to play Indiana Jones, I read that the first choice for the part was Tom Selleck, can you imagine that moustache coupled with a whip?! This movie is a lot funnier than the first film too which is another improvement, the first film had it's moments but The Temple Of Doom definitely steps it up a notch and zooms right from 2nd to 5th gear in the blink of an eye. The success of this movie, I believe rests almost entirely on the cast which of course Harrison Ford was the forefront of. I simply can't fault the acting in this film as I thought it was brilliant. Harrison Ford is a great action hero and a great all-round actor in all the films which I've seen him in.
I think that a lot of credit should also deservedly go to the supporting cast which takes the form of Shorty played by Jonathon Ke Quan, the adorable little boy who Indiana takes under his wing after he tried to pick-pocket from him. Shorty, for me was the highlight, he's extremely cute but plays a really good character, it was great to see the father, son like relationship between him and Indiana and the boy comes out with some really funny lines throughout the course of the film. The other member of the supporting cast comes in the form of Kate Capshaw who is married to Steven Speilberg (I wonder how she got the part), I found her to be extremely annoying at first, it as if I was watching an adult version of Brat Camp when she first entered the jungle only to complain about every little thing from an elephant to the heat. However as the film progresses I warmed to her character and found her to be very funny, I preferred her to the other female lead played by Karen Allen in the first film.
The plotline, is once again questionable, there's a memorable scene in the film where a man magically and invisibly gets his heart ripped out without any blood and whilst remaining alive through the entire process. The plot is something that you need to take with a pinch of salt as this is in a way a tongue-in-cheek movie that is simply a bit of fun that can entertain the whole family.
What's great about this film is that it can appeal to anyone and can be watched even by young children, it doesn't go down the route that The Mummy went down with all the mildly gory scenes which may not be suitable for young children. George Lucas and Steven Speilberg clearly know their target audience and they undoubtedly play to that audience with this film.
So now after seeing three of the four films with only The Last Crusade to go I have to say that this has been my favourite so far with The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull coming in at a close second. This is a simply fantastic film which will no doubt keep you hooked from start to finish and can be enjoyed by any age.
The DVD is currently available from play.com for £7.99, this is for the special edition disc which includes numerous special features.
The special features include:
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
Creepy Crawlies - Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Frank Marshall reminisce about snakes, bugs and rats.
Locations - Travel across the world to discover where the films take place and where they were shot.
Storyboard Sequence - The Mine Cart Chase
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Game Demo and Trailer
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (IJATTOD) arrived on cinema screens in 1984, three years after its predecessor Raiders Of the Lost Ark although this instalment is actually set a year earlier than the first film.
The Nazi's are absent this time around. Instead the plot features Indy and his pals stumbling across a village in India, where the locals ask them to retrieve a sacred stone that belongs to the village and also bring back their children from the nearby Pankot Palace.
The tone of the film is a lot darker than ROTLA but the action sequences are just as good as the previous film. The opening sequence involving a deal between Indy and some Chinese gangsters at Club Obi Wan (nice reference to another Lucas franchise!) and a neatly executed mine car chase both match anything Raiders had to offer.
Where the films falls short of Raiders is in its quieter moments. Kate Capshaw as a nightclub singer who gets dragged along for the ride is no Karen Allen from the first film.
Like 99% of sequels it is not as good as the film that spawned it. What it is though is a really entertaining adventure romp brought to you by Steven Spielberg, a man that can do this sort of thing in his sleep.
So in summary it is not as good as Raider's, but then again few (if any) films of this kind are.
It's often claimed that Temple of Doom is the darkest of the Indiana Jones films, aping George Lucas' successful darker second instalment of his Star Wars epic. In fact, to use a football cliché, it's a film of two halves. The first half is very light and fluffy - probably lighter than any of the other films, then the second half plummets into darkness.
As a filmic device, this split is only partially successful, depending on which side of the dark/light divide you stand on. If you like the lighter elements, you won't get as much enjoyment from the second part; if you like the darker elements, you'll find yourself having to endure the slapstick first hour, before you get to the meat of the film. It means that Temple of Doom never quite successfully blends the dark and light, the action and comedy, and the thrills and spills that made Raiders so successful. As such, it will never succeed in appealing to all of its audience all of the time and is tonally very uneven.
Certainly, the basic plot has a very dark heart, taking in stolen sacred stones, kidnapped children, religious cults and human sacrifice. Here, the claims to being the darkest of the three are firmly upheld: hearts are ripped out of still-living victims; people are burned alive and small children are whipped - hardly your standard blockbuster fodder.
Yet, before you can get to this, you have to sit through the first hour of the film - the journey to the palace where these atrocities are being perpetrated and this seems to take an eternity. The film gets off to a promising enough start, with a daring action filled escape from would-be assassins in a café, followed by a thrilling escape from a crashing plane. This is what we want our Indy to be - a daring, reckless adventurer, displaying the kind of derring-do we saw in Raiders of the Lost Ark. After that, though, things slow down considerably and the tone shifts dramatically. For the next segment, the film concentrates on the dysfunctional characters the film has thrown together - Indy, sidekick Short Round and female singer Willie Scott. It's here the film starts to stumble a little, trying too hard to force a lighter, comedic element, whose simple (and highly unoriginal) premise is that Willie Scott is like a fish out of water in the jungle. Whilst there are certainly some moments to make you laugh, the humour is rather overplayed and a simple one-note joke is stretched to breaking point and beyond.
Once the titular temple of torture and torment is reached, however, the dark side takes over again, to the relief of most viewers. Slightly distasteful/xenophobic banquet scene aside (hee! hee! Foreigners eat funny things), the action kicks in once more and we are treated to a thrill a minute movie which returns to Indy's roots and perfectly imitates the look and feel of those old 30s serials Indiana Jones is paying homage to.
Interestingly, the actors appear to feel the same way about the film as I do. Harrison Ford excels when the action kicks in, capturing the arrogance/vulnerability/excitement of Jones' character once again. He is convincing and amusing in the fight sequences, as quick with a quip as he is with his whip. This is the lovable rogue with the heart of gold we came to see. Yet, he appears ill at ease with the lighter, comedic tone, looking distinctly uncomfortable at some of the slapstick-esque humour being bandied around and mugging through it for all he is worth.
Support cast wise, Jonathan Ke Quan is good fun as Indy's sidekick Short Round. Although clearly there to add an unnecessary father-son angle to the plot (a typical Spielbergian theme), his relationship with Indy is nevertheless both funny and touching. Ke Quan is a very endearing, expressive little actor and his enthusiasm for this role (his first) more than compensates for his lack of acting ability! Faring less well is Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott. She is just annoying - reduced to the traditional female role of "run and scream", getting into scrapes so the boys have to come and rescue her. In fairness, this isn't her fault - it's a problem with the script (and by implication, the genre they are paying tribute to). But you do find yourself longing for the days of the feisty, more capable Marian Ravenwood from Raiders. The bad buys too are similarly underwhemlming and fairly anonymous, although special mention must go to Amrish Puri's Thuggee Priest, Mola Ram - a very scary man!
Special effects-wise, Temple of Doom surprisingly doesn't hold up as well as Raiders. In many ways, Temple is less-special effects heavy than Raiders was, yet the effects have dated more noticeably. Whilst the mine car chase is generally very good and thrilling, there are parts where it is clearly a model we are watching and that takes something away from the film. Similarly, during the escape from the crashing plane at the start, it is quite clear that some of the sequences were shot against a projected background. I can remember watching this film at the cinema at the time and thinking the effects were rubbish; almost 25 years later, they look even worse.
What Indy does have by the bucket load, however, is excitement. The second half in particular rips along at a great pace, racing from implausible set piece to implausible set piece, providing the viewer with more escapist nonsense than you can shake a pointed stick at. The stunts come thick and fast, action sequence is piled upon action sequence and the humour starts to blend in better - naturally arising from the situations in which the characters find themselves. It's in the second half that Temple finds its pace and tone and saves itself from Crystal Skull style ignominy. Even so, it is still the weakest of the original trilogy by some distance. It can, however, now console itself that it is no longer the weakest of the series.
Weaker and tonally uneven it might be, but Temple of Doom still offers enough fun and excitement for most Indy fans to at least take some enjoyment from the film. If only it had kept its darker tone throughout, this truly could have been Indy's Empire. As it is, die-hard fans are left wondering what might have been.
Bit of a tough one to rate this. It doesn't really deserve as low as 3 stars, but neither does it deserve 4. However, to show how much it falls behind the standards set by Parts 1 & 3, I'm going to err on the side of stinginess and give it 3 stars.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Director: Steven Spielberg
Running time: approx. 112 minutes
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Director: Steven Spielberg
Producers: Frank Marshall, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and Robert Watts.
Writers: George Lucas, Gloria Katz and William Huck
Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathon Ke Quan, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone, David Yip, Roy Chiao and Amrish Puri
Released in the summer of 1984 this near two hour sequel to the great 'Lost Ark' saga sees the return of the archaeologist comes adventurer Indiana Jones.
** BRIEF PLOT **
With Jones beginning yet another quest, this time looking for mystical stone, he uncovers many horrors, including kidnapping, black magic, human scarifies and child slavery...
Jones, together with Wilhelmina 'willie' Scott (played by Kate Capshaw) and a 10 year old Chinese boy called Short Round, (played by Ke Huy Quan), search takes them into a hidden temple where he uncovers the truth about the kidnappings... involving many horrific deeds performed by Mola Ram, (played by Amrish Puri), an evil priest with a passion for black magic and human sacrifices.
As the search for the special stones continues, Jones and his amateur team of explorers face many dangers... including a rather strange cart chase down some dusty tunnels and a very precarious rope suspension bridge...
** IN CONCLUSION **
A brilliant sequel to raiders of the lost ark with just as much action, thrills, entertainment and daft stunts as before...
Ford plays his part brilliantly, giving the movie that air of style, in his own sort of way, although his character does seem to be becoming more agile as he ages... performing some moves that would make a monkey swinging through the trees look amateurish... (as I said, there are some rather daft, but well entertaining, stunts).
In fact, the entire cast to a brilliant job to make this movie a must to see, especially the calm composure of the brilliant Amrish Puri who plays his part as the demonic priest to perfection, ripping out hearts with his bare hands, his emotionless expression making the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention...
Not forgetting the splendid acting from the young Ke Huy Quan ( or Jonathon Ke Quan), his acting is simply brilliant as the 10 year old saviour of Joneses life once or twice... ( he also went on to star in the 1985 comedy movie 'the Goonies' as Richard 'Data' Wang)...
In all a must see for all fans of outrageous action/adventure movie which are so daft they are splendidly brilliant...
Would I recommend this....?
It is a fine 2 hours of pure entertainment with a fast paced plot and some well over the top stunts... pure genius and a must for your collection...
Get a copy from www.amazon.co.uk for less than £7.00... Bargain indeed.
It only took Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas three years to come up with a follow up to the immensely popular adventure film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981. They decided to make a prequel, setting it in 1935, a year before Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom sees Indy teaming up with Willie, a showgirl, and a small oriental boy named Short Round. When their plane crashes in the Himalayas, Indy and his companions find themselves on a quest to find a stolen statue for a village tribe who are being tormented and targeted. They stumble of the Temple of Doom, and soon are embroiled in child slavery and human sacrifice as the adventuring professor gets caught up in another all-action film.
Harrison Ford looks at home in the role of Indy, with Kate Capshaw annoying but entertaining as Willie and Jonathan Ke Quan as Shorty. There is a brief cameo from Dan Akroyd, and Amrish Puri makes a good villain as the tribal leader Mola Ram.
I must admit, I prefer Raiders of the Lost Ark. It had more of an open and believable feel to it (despite an unrealistic ending!), whereas Temple of Doom seems to concentrate very much on a religious extremism and cult phenomena as opposed to good old fashioned action. However, there are some brilliant scenes with Harrison Ford giving us that pained expression he is so good at as Indy, and he is once again magnificent. The film doesn't really slow down enough for us to take the plot to pieces, and while there are unbelievable elements, that is kind of the idea. A college professor is unlikely to have all that time to go galavanting around the world, but he manages it, and gives us a good yarn whilst doing so.
The film is worth having, perhaps as part of a box set to save a bit of money, and is a thoroughly entertaining film. The score from John Williams is catchy and fitting for an adventure film, and fits perfectly with Spielberg's direction and George Lucas' writing and producing. What a combination!
I am a bit of an Indiana Jones fan and I am not ashamed to admit this fact to people. I suppose it's being married to a star trek fan who loves star wars, and watching the inidiana jones films is just another part of the life!
I suppose that another part of the fascination with the Indiana Jones films is the fact that archaeology intrigues me and I love to watch programmes about the past and things like Time Team and the like. I would like to think that in another lifetime I would have the time to study ancient latin or egyptian. I also have a fascination with the legend of the Holy Grail so a film about an intrepid archaeologist would be perfect for me? We shall see ...
Set in the mid 1930's, Indiana Jones is a man on a mission. He is an archaeologist with a difference. He likes adventure. In fact, he thrives on it.
After a close escape from the Chinese equivalent of the mafia, Indiana (Harrison Ford) escapes on a plane with his little friend Short Round (Ke Huy Quan) and nightclub singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw). Unfortunately their plane crashes in the Himalayas.
Stranded in the middle of nowhere, and somewhere in India, Jones is approached by a village shaman who begs him for help to return a sacred stone to its rightful place in the village. Only then will the village thrive again. Also there is something not quite right with the village. There are no children. It turns out that all the children have mysteriously "disappeared" from this village and others in the area. Before the sacred stone was taken, the village and the surrounding area were thriving and full of healthy crops. Now the village is suffering and the people starving.
Indiana decides to help the villagers find their stone, as it is linked to a myth about 5 sacred stones, and whoever has all five in their possession will rule the world! Jones is intrigued by this and goes about trying to find the stone for the village and save the children.
It turns out that the stone has been stolen by a Thugee sect who now have 3 of the 5 sacred stones. They have also kidnapped the children and force them to mine in the tunnels to try to find the remaining 2 stones.
Jones is ably helped by Short Round, his little friend from Hong Kong and by Willie, who's only interest is in diamonds, gold and cold hard cash! She is a trooper who will do almost anything to get paid!
Will Jones find the stones? Will he get the girl? Will the children be saved? You will just have to watch the film to find out the answers to those and other questions you may have.
I have to say that this was the first of the Indiana Jones films that I had ever watched and it certainly grabbed my attention. I enjoyed it back in the 1980's and I still enjoy watching it today.
Ok lets be really honest about this one - as far as special effects go, at least you can't see the strings attached! The effects are pretty standardised as far as the 1980's were concerned. By today's standards of effects, they are pretty terrible. But when you are watching the film you have to remember that it was made over 20 years ago.
The soundtrack is pretty uninspiring. To be honest I can't really remember any of the tracks, but I don't really take much notice of soundtracks. I'm more interested in the film and the storyline than the music. But to be honest I never really notice soundtracks!
Performance wise, Ford is impeccable as Jones. I canot imagine anyone else being Indiana Jones. He brings a roughness to the character that is unique to his performances. He also brings a touch of humanity, in that he plays Jones as tough, yet compassionate to the sufferings of others.
Capshaw is not too bad as Willie, although at times I did find her performance slightly wooden and forced. But the star for me is Ke Huy Quan. After starring in this he went on to star in the Goonies. Many will recognise him from this and he really is a little star! I kept waiting for him to come out with some gadget to help Jones but he really brings a cheeky side to the film.
I do recommend this. But I can only give it 3 stars. I give it 3 stars for Ford, Quan and the act that it is Indiana Jones. Capshaw's performance (or lack of it) and the pretty naff special effects have cost this 2 stars.
I really enjoyed this film back in the day, and I still enjoy it now. I recommend shopping about for your DVD's on Amazon or Ebay as there are some serious bargains to be had. But if you like Ford, then this is a good movie.
Thanks for reading and look out for giant rolling boulders! Di x
On the day that the latest Indiana Jones movie premiers in this country I thought I would review an earlier Indiana Jones film called the Temple of Doom.
Harrison Ford stars as the adventurer and archeologist whose hat and whip accompany him on all of his adventures. This is a fun action adventure film by director Steven Spielberg and is a film I have always enjoyed watching.
After a transaction goes wrong in Hong Kong Jones ends up in India and looks to recover a sacred stone whci has been stolen from a vuillage and is being used by an evil ruler in a temple in Pankot.
Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw ... Wilhelmina 'Willie' Scott
Jonathan Ke Quan ... Short Round (as Ke Huy Quan)
Amrish Puri ... Mola Ram
Roshan Seth ... Chattar Lal
Philip Stone ... Captain Phillip Blumburtt
Roy Chiao ... Lao Che
David Yip ... Wu Han
Ric Young ... Kao Kan
Chua Kah Joo ... Chen
Rex Ngui ... Maitre d'
Philip Tan ... Chief Henchman (as Philip Tann)
Dan Aykroyd ... Earl Weber
Dr. Akio Mitamura ... Chinese Pilot (as Akio Mitamura
This was a far more humourous tongue in cheek Jones film compared to the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, partly this isbecause in this film Indiana has a child sidekick in the guise of hort Round played by Jonathan Ke Quan and also there is the constant screaming of femme fatale Scott played by Kate Capshaw.
The action scenes are excellent in this film and there are a few tense moments as well. In fact when I first watched it I was quite young and can remember it being a bit scary as well. Amrish Puri is excellent as the baddie and the whole film is top quality entertainment all the way through.
for those who don't already know it's its set in shanghai and the himalayas in 1935.story by george lucasscreenplay by willard huyack and gloria katzdirected by steven spielburgDr indianna Jones, with his sidekick Short Round (who in my opinion is the best charactor in the film) and Willie Scott (his love interest and singer) unwittingly place themselves in many dangeros situations trying to save a random village that they happen to come across after their plane crashes into a mountain. This film has all the main points of any good action movie, fast paced movement(the tunnel scenes) the enemy ( the high priest and dogy looking guards) death (crocodiles) love (willie and indy) the prize (the stone which will save the village and the children of the village )
Having witnessed the classic first movie I was looking forward to the 'prequel'. With the Lucas and Speilberg teaming up again I sat back in my cinema chair, ate some popcorn and expected to be delighted with the movie! After watching the movie, I pondered what must have happened, my interpretation is below: A fictional day in the life of Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas: <The Setting> Any Hollywood café that is full of frustrated actors and actresses who are trying their best to find a starring role without going into the porn industry. The coffee is warm and tastes vaguely of Brazil even though it is supposed to be the finest Jamaican coffee; the pastries are soft and wet. The waitress has a vacant look in her eyes as she is no longer overawed by the stars and is used to the miniscule tips that these ‘stars’ leave. <The Dialogue> George: Star Wars was my best, but Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark comes a close second. Stephen: True, same for me, ET stands out for me, but we had fun with Indiana. George; made us a bucket of money too, the critics loved it, and good old Harrison hasn’t stopped thanking us yet. Stephen: Yes, we saved his career there didn’t we, shame we couldn’t do the same for the Hamill boy, could have found him a role as Indiana’s side kick maybe?; although I here he may have a burgeoning career in the computer games market. George: yeh. Well this coffee stinks I think I’m going back home, time to think of another movie. Stephen: why not do another Indiana Jones movie? It’ll bring in some cash, and we don’t have to work much on a script, as the fans will come anyway! George: you may have something there, perhaps we could plan a third too? Stephen: sure why not! …and so on and so on…. <Comment> OK so why did I introduce the movie in such a wa
y; well I feel that the Temple of Doom really was made due to the success of the Raiders of the Lost Arc movie. It was rushed out to sate public demand and therefore much of the wizardry and storytelling we normally expect of wizards like Lucas and Spielberg was lost. Spielberg directs the movie, while Lucas is an executive producer. This does give the film the usual ‘class’ but this can’t make up for the lack of character development and plot. This takes away from the usual story that these magicians somehow weave around us. <The Plot> Indiana Jones is in trouble again – trying to secure a deal to gain another magical artifact (there are so many aren’t there!), Indiana find himself poisoned by his buyer in a Shanghai nightclub. In typical Indiana Jones style, an exciting and exhilarating scene explodes around us as Indian Jones manages to escape by causing mayhem and essentially causing the classic bar room brawl, the only difference being a copious amount of gun fire! Together with his young friend Short Round and a female singer Willie Scott they make their escape and head to Delhi. (Comment: after watching the first movie I was very surprised to see Indiana with companions.) Well bad luck continues to hound the trio as they manage to crash their plane and find themselves near an Indian Village that amazingly has managed to lose its sacred stone (it was stolen); the bad side to this is that there is a drought! Did I mention that the children might also have been stolen? (Comment – isn’t it lucky that Indiana Jones just happened to crash near the village that needed so much help.). Of course, Indiana, being the hero he is, decides to help the village and try and save its inhabitants while retrieving the stolen artifact and children. This is very easy and takes about three minutes to do – ten minutes later they catch a plane home and live happily ever
after – hang on, that’s a Mills and Boon book I read. What actually ensues is pretty typical for Indiana Jones – daring stunts, swordsmen, pits and traps, swings etc. It transpires that Mola Ram has put the children into slavery in a Labyrinth of caves that holds many dangers. As the journey progresses we see many amazing stunts and scenes – ranging from collapsing bridges and hearts being torn out in sacrifices, to perhaps the best and most thrilling scene of the movie – the car chase – well it just happens to be coal cars which hurtle through dark and frightening tunnels at break neck speeds. <The Movie> Well, as an action adventure the movie is very good – the movie is essentially non-stop and is full of the same style of tongue-in-cheek jokes prevalent in the other Indian Jones movies. It should be mentioned that this movie is supposedly before ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ – this may not seem important, but if I remember correctly (I am old and may be mixing up movies here) there is a scene with a swordsman where Indiana Jones pulls a gun on a swordsman and has to fight him as he has run out of bullets – this is a direct reference to the first movie where he shoots a swordsman in a similar scene – OK I am nitpicking – this is perhaps the funniest scene of the whole movie. What disappoints me most about this movie is that there is essentially no character development. There is a romance between Indiana and Willie Scott, but this lacks any real passion. Indiana’s character is unchanged from the original movie, and as this is before the original movie I would have likes to seen a less sure Indiana Jones, perhaps not quite so good with the whips. <The Acting> As this is an action flick you don’t really notice the acting – the young Ke Huy Quan ‘Short Round’ performs well, but doesn’t really
add much to the movie. Kate Capshaw really is beautiful and that says it all about her – she was inconclusive in this role and perhaps was only chosen because Spielberg fancied her – well he did marry her! Harrison Ford plays Indiana well, giving a performance that is similar to the original movie with a humorous side to a serious man. <Conclusion> This is an adrenalin-pumping movie and may be suitable for a boisterous Friday night, however if you are looking for a movie that will move you in many ways and make you identify with the characters, feeling their pain, their love and anger, then look elsewhere!
Raiders of the Lost Ark was an amazing success story, a rip roaring echo of adventure movies as they used to be - breathtaking pace, a less than serious approach and wonderfully exciting. Stephen Spielberg tapped in to the same thirst for the retro that made Star Wars such a massive success ... people wanted this sort of good time, light hearted escapism where good triumphed over evil against all the odds and the good guys were oh so rugged and all round good eggs. Harrison Ford - good old hard bitten Harry Ford - was the constant running through both strands of a new approach and it was no surprise when Spielberg and Ford were quickly back in our faces with the successor to the Raiders epic ... truly Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (IJATTOD) was a memorable inheritor of the torch, opting for bigger and more regular laughs, but still just as thrill packed and racy as the first episode. In fact, here you could be forgiven for thinking that Spielberg had gone for a comedy with action, rather than an adventure with laughs, although it's none the worse for that, with Ford showing his rare talent for light comedy and ably supported by romantic interest and light relief sidekick. You also get Nasty Chinese and Manic Indians, a crazed cult, wonderful scenery in exotic locations and the Not For Profit Jones Incorporated machine out on its charity mission, reuniting a starving Indian village with its sacred stone. It may be orthodox and totally predictable, but there's a verve and wit at work here which few can match. Spielberg and Ford were a wonderful team, perfectly capturing the mood of their fans and pouring their magic opium all over the masses, giving us a nice warm sweaty feeling, despite the substitution of bugs and horrible creepy crawlies for the snakes of the first episode. I hate them both with a passion which is worrying and skin crawling is the only phrase you can use for these bits. The action never lets up
right from the opening with the all action Jones visiting some nasty pieces of work to get his reward for a job well done, only to see his naughty employers renege on their part of the deal. Just as Chinese Detective David Yip cashes in his chips as Mr Jones' sidekick, up steps exotic dancer Willy to act as both soul mate and sex target, while Shorty the wisecracking Chinese kid represents light relief and a bizarre approach to driving. After Indy sparks a riot in the club when trying to get his earnings, he's off on a plane to freedom, only to find that Mr Big of China owns the plane and there's evil work at hand as the pilots jump plane with the only parachutes and dump the fuel, leaving Indy and Co to pull off the sort of death defying escape you used to get in the Batman TV series with Adam West. Strangely their destination turns out to be the Indian sub continent and Indy shows his philanthropic side to regain the lost relic, along with the village's stolen kids, coming on like a modern day Pied Piper with Trilby and whip. Come on now, the plot ain't important, the only thing that matters is the Big Yucks and the death defying stunts as Our Harry singlehandedly defeats the entire massed forces of a frightening cult. Altogether now, "For he's a jolly good adventurer..."
This is the second film in the Indiana Jones series and sees Dr Jones team up with a woman singer and a young boy to solve the missing children problem in a small Indian village. Of course they end up in all sorts of problems whilst undertaking this adventure. Unfortunately the sequel can never be quite up to the first in most cases, and this simply doesn't have the originality of the first to make it a classic. It does have a good story and plot though, and good performances by Ford, and Kate Capshaw. The film never bores you or loses you throuhout, and by the end you feel exhausted at the scale of the adventure you've just been on....