Thursday, 9 February 2012

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Review (Updated)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Release Date: 19th July 1984 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Lucasfilm Ltd

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $28,200,000

Box Office Gross: $333,107,271

Plot Summary
Set in 1935, a professor,
archaeologist, and legendary
hero by the name of Indiana
Jones is back on action in his
newest adventure. But this
time he teams up with a night
club singer named Wilhelmina
"Willie" Scott and a twelve-
year-old boy named Short
Round. They end up in an
Indian small distressed 
village, where the people
believe that evil spirits have
taken all their children away
after a sacred precious stone
was stolen!

They also discovered the great
mysterious terror surrounding
a bobby-trapped temple known
as the Temple of Doom! 
Thuggee is beginning to attempt
to rise once more, believing that
with the power of all five 
Sankara stones they can rule
the world! Now, it's all up to
Indiana to put an end to the
Thuggee campaign, rescue the
lost children, win the girl and
conquer the Temple of Doom.

Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw - Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott
Jonathan Ke Quan - Short Round
Amrish Puri - Mola Ram
Roshan Seth - Chattar Lal
Phillip Stone - Captain Phillip Blumburtt
Raj Singh - Zalim Singh
D. R. Nanayakkara - Shaman
Roy Chiao - Lao Che
David Yip - Wu Han

Director - Steven Spielberg
Story/Executive Producer/Editor (Uncredited) -
George Lucas
Screenplay - Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz
Producer - Robert Watts
Production Designer - Elliot Scott
Costume Designer - Anthony Powell
Director of Photography - Douglas Slocombe
Stunt Arranger: Studio/Stunts - Vic Armstrong
Mechanical Effects Supervisor - George Gibbs
Visual Effects Supervisor - Dennis Muren
Film Editor - Michael Kahn
Sound Designer/Re-Recording Mixer - Ben
Music - John Williams


1985 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - Dennis Muren,
George Gibbs, Lorne Peterson &
Michael J. McAlister (Won)
Best Original Score - John Williams (Nominated)

Technically, a prequel of the original series, INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM is fun, yet darker than RAIDERS (click here) which includes scenes like the evil priest pulling the heart out of a victim. I still liked Harrison Ford's performance and I find the mine chase sequence quite thrilling. My only complaint of the film would be the love interest Willie Scott who is nothing but a whiner, maybe they should have made the character more serious and would have made the movie 10 out of 10. 

Despite the fact that THE TEMPLE OF DOOM was not as good as the first INDIANA JONES film, it's still enjoyable and a semi-decent one for the fans to watch.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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