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Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom

Cinema Spotlight. Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village in India to find a mystical stone. 
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Willard Huyck (screenplay), Gloria Katz (screenplay)
Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan 





So, part 2 of our Indiana Jones Series begins. This time we have a decent movie to take a look at together so, let’s get this started.



The title of this film sends quite a mixed message. “Indiana Jones” makes us think of fun, exciting adventure, but “Temple of Doom” sounds rather ominous and terrifying. Well, you see, this is quite a mixed film. It certainly delivers the fun action and witty script that the other films in the franchise do, but it also delivers a number of infamous scenes that just seem too morbid for an Indiana Jones film.




Set in 1935. Indiana Jones is back in action, but this time he teams up with a night club singer named Wilhelmina “Willie” Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round (Glenn From walking dead… MIND BLOWN (too soon?)!). They end up in a small and distressed Indian village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! Together, they set out to discover the great mysterious terror surrounding the Temple of Doom! It’s all up to Indiana to rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom (Giggity!)


 Cue The Action:


  • In Hong Kong, Indy gets poisoned by some Chinese gangsters, gets the antidote off of an annoying singer and takes part in a car chase (Indi’ has a really crap driver).


  • During a flight from China, the pilots are really working for the Chinese gangsters (of course they do), they bail from the plane causing it to crash into the side of a mountain, there’s a raft used as a sled and boom we are in India!


  • While exploring the royal palace, Indy and Short Round are almost impaled, they go on to find that there’s a cult meeting in a cave chamber (ya know, the usual dark robes, chanting and such) and some dude gets his still beating heart ripped out (again, the usual).

  • Indy is forced to drink blood from a rotten head cup (thingy) making him a submissive zombie. Short Round gets him back with the old “power of love” and well, a hot poker (but I digress).


  • They recover the mythical stones only to be chased onto a rope bridge with a bunch of hungry gators below (Typical rope bridge stuff). Indy ends up cutting the rope bridge and they have to climb up (or fall and be eaten by the gators).


  • The British military (magically) shows up and saves Indy’s ass from certain death.


Over all, I personally don’t think that this installment of Indiana jones is all that good. It has its action, laughs and mystery, but it lacks the substance of the first and third films. Although it is definitely not the worst of the franchise ( *cough* the “4th” Indiana Jones movie *cough* *cough*), I give Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom a 5 out of 8 on the Hurt scale. 
(Oh yeah! Before you all freak out, I know that the actor who played Short Round, isn’t really the actor who played Glenn in TWD. I just wanted to get a TWD joke in there.)

Written by: John Hurt. Edited by: Jack Flowers.

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