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They don't make them like this anymore...,
This review is from: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom [Blu-ray] (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