Posted on 6/15/10 11:18 PM
Coming off of a spectacular first entry, I was expecting a lot from this prequel. It saddens me to say that it does not deliver. Now before all of the diehard fans take aim, hear me out. I do love all of those involved. I'm a big fan of Harrison Ford's portrayal of the bravest archeologist in the world, Dr. Indiana Jones. I'm an even bigger fan of George Lucas, but most of all, I'm a huge fan of Steven Spielberg. So all of the components were there, it was the story that was not. What really turned me off was the far out plot. Steven Spielberg said so himself that he wasn't happy about taking Indy to a darker place for the second entry. George Lucas persisted that they make it darker because that's what he did with The Empire Strikes Back. Being forced to make your movie a certain way that you don't agree with is not a good way to start production, but it happened.
When I watched the introduction on the dvd, I was immediately concerned. I was skeptical, but okay with the supernatural twist in Raiders of The Lost Ark, but this one takes it a bit far in my opinion. *Spoiler* The whole cult plot is fine, but the second I saw the leader rip the guys heart out with his bare hand (no blood), then the hole closed right back up with the victim looking on, I was turned off. Luckily, it did not really go downhill from there. Unfortunately, it didn't go up hill either. It stayed on a mediocre level throughout, then as we approach the climax, it picks up. I enjoyed the frantic escape sequence (I won't spoil anything here). That really pulled me back in for the final twenty minutes or so. But I did have a few problems with the finale.
First of all, for me, the crocs were overkill. That may just be me. Another issue I had were the bow and arrows. The henchmen had guns in the tunnels, but as soon as Indy is vulnerably out in the open, they have bows and arrows. That kind of irritated me, but it did not completely ruin the experience. Actually, none of my complaints did. I somewhat enjoyed The Temple of Doom, but I'm looking forward to an improved third entry.