Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom 1984


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Indiana Jones accidentally ends up in India with his young assistant Short Round and bar singer Wilhemena "Willie" Scott and is soon enlisted by some locals to find their missing holy stone. Traveling to an ancient palace nestled deep in the jungle he discovers a secret cult enacting a terrible plan in the catacombs.

Chua Kah Joo, Amrish Puri
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Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring Chua Kah Joo, Amrish Puri, Roy Chiao, Roshan Seth, Harrison Ford, Dan Aykroyd, Kate Capshaw, Philip Stone, Ke Huy Quan
Director Steven Spielberg
Rental release 20 October 2003
Main languages English

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Format: DVD
The follow up to the phenomenally successful Raiders was not going to be easy to pull off.

The mantra "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" must have been in the producers mind when making Doom because it is essentially the same film made again. Set this time in India, our intrepid hero and his new side kick Shortround attempt to retrieve some ancient and mystical stones stolen from a poor village. Not only have the stones gone missing but so have the villager's children. Something terrible is happening and Indie is going to find out.

With a fabulous Busby Berkley/Philip Marlow style opener set in a Shanghai Night Club, involving deadly poison, the antidote, lots of dancing girls and gunfire. We are catapulted right into another action adventure story literally packed with thrills and spills. Falls from aeroplanes, menacing assassins, mystical mind control, and as you would expect lots of underground tunnels, collapsing rooms full of spikes, masses of bugs, and a superb race inside a working mine are just a taste of the entertainment on show.

Although great skill has been used to create the spectacle on show, the film has not aged well. The special effects are now 30 years old and frankly you can tell. The leading lady, also Mrs Spielberg at the time, is no Karen Allen but does her best. The introduction of Shortround, Indies young assistant/partner is a welcome addition and is a good rounded character; his regular humorous observations are welcome light relief. However the relationship between Professor Jones and his new leading lady is a little stiff and unconvincing.

Although Doom is only 2 minutes longer than Raiders it feels a lot longer.
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Format: Blu-ray
Following on from the sublime "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was never going to be an easy feat. Fortunately, with a character as great as archaeologist adventurer Indiana Jones, director Steven Spielberg and writer George Lucas pull it off. Set two years earlier than the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark, this movie starts with a great Busby Berkeley type musical number in a Shanghai nightclub in 1936. A bungled diamond exchange with a Chinese gangster sees our hero escape that predicament by boarding a plane with his young sidekick Shorty, and Willie Scott, the club's spoiled American singer. Following a thrilling descent from the crashing plane, the trio find themselves in India, where they learn of a local village's plight due to a stolen good luck rock, and their kidnapped children. Believing the rock to be one of the lost Sankara Stones, Indy and his companions set out for Pankot Palace, and it is there that they learn of the sinister Thuggee cult, the titular "Temple of Doom", and the fate of the village children.

Ford has never looked better than he does in this movie, and epitomises the adventure-serial type hero. The story races along at breakneck speed, from one thrill to another, including a superb rollercoaster style chase set-piece down a mine in out-of-control carts, and a white-knuckle finale on a rope bridge across a gorge.

The set design of the Temple of Doom itself is fantastic, but a word of warning, the Thuggee cult is dark and sinister, and there are some gruesome moments that may be scary for younger kids. To the people who complain about Willie's incessant screaming, the character is a homage to those damsel in distress type characters of old serials.

Breathtaking, exciting, gripping. There aren't enough superlatives to describe what a great, old-fashioned ride this film is, and even now, 30 years later, it still holds up superbly against modern CGI laden pictures. 10/10
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I watched The Temple of Doom when I was seven and loved it. Maybe that's why I still love it today. However, every time I look on the internet I see people who seem to think that The second Indiana Jones story is somehow sub-standard to Raiders and Last Crusade (notice how I don't even mention Crystal Skull - which I reasonably enjoyed too).

I disagree. I'd say the main difference between Temple and what went before and (directly) afterwards is the lack of a military presence and some good ol' fashioned Nazi-bashing. Instead, the action largely takes place in one setting (i.e. the Temple of Doom itself) and there's no mention of Marcus or Indy's other professors. Therefore, apparently this goes some way to distance itself from the others, making it appear like more of a `stand-alone' movie. Plus, and maybe you don't know this, it's also (technically) a prequel to Raiders, taking place before the first film.

Also, be prepared for lots of screaming. Indy is accompanied by a female sidekick called Willie who does little else but cry out for help throughout the whole film. Some people have even likened her performance of that of Jar-Jar Binks in how much she irritates the viewer.

However, I ignore all these points and simply love it for a good old-fashioned tongue-in-cheek (slightly) action romp. Harrison Ford is as good as ever and the music adds to the effect and gets your heart racing every time Indy's `theme' comes on.

Yes, it may be slightly out on a limb if you compare it to Raiders and the Last Crusade, but don't treat it any differently. Does anyone really think Indiana Jones ONLY fights the Nazis? There are plenty of bad guys around the world who need a good whipping!

Temple of Doom is as awesome now as when I watched it as a kid.

Yah-boo to the poo-pooers!
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