What a ridiculous storyline. Aliens. UFOs. I know this is set in the 1950s, when extra-terrestrial life was a big phenomena, but come on. Indiana Jones should not be a science-fiction movie like this. Honestly, it made this film seem hardly like an Indiana Jones adventure. The shot of Ford, Allen and Shia LeBeouf looking at the UFO summed up how goofy this movie got to be.
A big problem is Spielberg and Lucas' over-reliance on special effects. It makes memorable scenes like the "creepy-crawly" scenes that are part of what make the Indy movies famous seem so artificial. Same thing with the gruesome death. Where these scenes that are SO Indiana Jones seem organic because they are not computer generated from the 80s, these scenes now seem so artificial that they simply do not have the same effect on the emotions of the audience.
Right now, I am asking for no more Indiana Jones movies. This one already leaves a somewhat bad taste in my mouth. I would much rather remember the last adventure of Indiana Jones as riding off into the sunset, rather than an anti-climactic scene in a squeaky-clean chapel.
This movie must have been made in a day. That is how much un-creativeness is involved in this disaster of a film. Not entertaining at all, not even to my 5-year-old brother, who admitted himself that it was bad.
Don't waste your time. It's not worth it. I've probably wasted my time writing this review.
No doubt, this movie is plenty exciting, and has a somewhat engaging hero's journey to boot. The film has a strong focus on those who have sacrificed protecting the Hunter, who will be D'Leh- the one who will lead a revolt and bring others to freedom. A classic hero story, to be sure.
But it's in this very prophesy where there are are problems- from a love relationship that is established on no ground, to the connection of an 'Old Mother' that is downright annoying and makes the grand plot very strange. This plot also considers a tiger looking out for a human, and trying to maintain peace between two tribes- very odd.
Also, there are so many historical inaccuracies and casting problems that cause distractions from the actual exciting and grand nature of the movie.
There are so many historical problems- great civilizations with pyramids and social class levels; saber-tooth tigers; complex vessels (no, not canoes); telescopes; and even corn and the weather don't belong at this point in the world's history. I really don't understand why they wouldn't almost fix this problem by naming the film '5000 BC,' or more accurately, '3000 BC.' Maybe even '1000 BC.' I guess they didn't care about completely being ignorant about history and looking at advertising the movie from a marketing angle. They must have found that a film named '10,000 BC' drew a larger audience than the above mentioned suggested names. I know that I would have gone either way.
The casting of Camilla Belle made for huge problems. Here we are, in this part of the world where all of the tribes and clans are dark-skinned, yet you get this white-skinned American wearing heavy mascara. Completely out of place. How they didn't consider this when casting, is beyond me. The casters could have easily found a talented dark-skinned young woman to play the crucial role of Evolet. Elisha Castle-Hughes, anyone? Aside from casting, from an acting perspective, Belle needs to be told to go back to movies where 10-year- olds don't care about the quality of acting. Yes, Camilla- go back to Aquamarine. Standing there all cute, looking distressed every single scene won't cut it in a movie that is trying to be epic and spectacular.
While not on the same level, much like 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End,' I wanted to like this movie a lot. But there are problems. Sure, it is plenty exciting. Without a doubt, worth paying $1.25 at a decent theater to go see. Heck, I'd probably pay five bucks or less for the DVD. But a strange plot, with overwhelming historical problems and bad casting make this a mediocre feature. To see a great epic film this summer, go to 'Prince Caspian.'
Religious symbolism aside, 'Prince Caspian' is in every way better than an already-good 'Lion.' This film simply builds on everything that was established in the first, despite focusing more intensely on, or even creating new, story lines that were either toned down or non-existent in the book. Most of these played-up story lines served to improve the intrigue of the movie- most notably, the longer, more drawn-out battle scenes, just as they did with the battle in 'Lion' (a battle that was just one page long in the book). The only exception to this was the Caspian-Susan romance, a plot point that was perhaps slightly misplaced and pointless.
Quite literally, the last half of the film is nearly nonstop action, something that surprised me, but I certainly won't complain about. Also, inviting the scene with the temptation of the White Witch Jadis, and playing up the power struggle between Caspian and Peter was a brilliant move. The portrayers of the Pevensie children did a much better job in their acting. King Miraz's portrayer played the role perfectly, embodying the character to its fullest.
'Caspian' indicates that the 'Narnia' series is quickly evolving into perhaps the greatest fantasy film series to date, better than the Harry Potter movies. Keep the same direction under Adamson, and this famous book series will be done justice.
While the character of Indiana Jones is intriguing just based on his knowledge, courage and bravery, the fact is that the character had very little depth before 'Crusade.' But by bringing in his father, in a brilliant casting move with Sean Connery, the audience gets to see this part of the character fleshed out. If Spielberg and Lucas had gone ahead and made a third Indy film without additional character development, then this movie could have very well not been critically acclaimed as it was.
Truly, much like Alec Guiness did with Jedi legend Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sean Connery, in half a film, made an unforgettable character. His banter with an equally good actor in Harrison Ford is some of the best and most amusing two-person dialogue that you will find in a movie. Equally good was the idea to tell a brief earlier story about the younger, teenaged Indiana Jones. While short, the story satisfyingly told about how Indy gained much of the quirks that makes his character- the hat, the whip, the scar, the fear of snakes. For these reasons, adding the character depth and background to an already-loved character, 'Crusade' is the best Indy film.
Additionally, Allison Doody is wonderful as femme fatale Elsa Schneider. Boy, is she gorgeous. She is by far the best-looking love interest. Additionally, her character was intriguing in being a double-crossing agent- only to be conflicted at the end due to her affections for Dr. Jones. Another key element that made 'Crusade' so entertaining was the use of several locations- from Venice, to an Austrian fortress, to Berlin. I mean, Indiana Jones meets Adolf Hitler! What a smart, and clever move, to invite an interaction between both real and fictional famous figures- one for fictional good, and the other for literal evil.
The casting, improved story, lighter tone compared to 'Temple,' and fleshed-out character background make this the best Indy adventure heading into the anticipated 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' release.
Bringing in an artifact like the Ark of the Covenant from the Bible surely is a risky move, but with the message that is sent to those who are evil and seek it for power, the storyline is acceptable. Besides, you can't dislike a guy who is completely human, without any added benefits, yet is willing to take on the challenge of keeping such a sacred artifact from the Nazis. Plus, the character of Indiana Jones is relatable because he's not perfect. Yes, he will think "what the heck" and shoot a master sword-wielder. Then, as a human, he does things that are partly beyond conceivable, but still perhaps possible- stunts like single-handedly taking over a Mercedes truck, including the feat of sliding under the truck. Just amazing stuff that can only be executed through proper direction.
Overall, 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' is one of my favorite movies, and for good reason.
The movie starts unexpectedly, with a musical. But soon thereafter begins a thrilling fight scene and car chase, and hardly lets up from there. While there are points in the movie that are outright disgusting and utterly ridiculous, you have to realize that if 'Temple of Doom' had not had these elements, it wouldn't have made 'The Last Crusade,' an amazing movie, fresh. Had 'Temple' followed the same formula as 'Raiders,' 'Crusade' wouldn't have been as enjoyable.
Complaints about Indy's love interest and sidekick seem to be overexaggerated sometimes. Yes, Kate Capshaw's character may scream a bit too often, but she was a different sort of love interest than the tomboyish, tough Marion Ravenwood. Had Capshaw's character been similar to Karen Allen's, then the complaint would have been that Indy's women were becoming too generic. Plus, the whole "he'll be back in five minutes scene" is very funny and well-done. Then you've got Short Round, who some complain to have been far too annoying (see Jeff Vice in his review of 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.') Yes, when Shorty goes Jackie Chan on the Thuggee members, you've got to shake you're head at that. But you've got to enjoy seeing basically the same character that pops up in another one of Spielberg's works, 'The Goonies,' always giving Indy a hard time. When Lucas lets the audience see Dr. Jones from Shorty's perspective, it serves to make the archaeologist more of a hero to depend on.
So, 'Temple' is the weak link, what with ripping out of hearts and voodoo dolls, there are the comic moments (Indy not having his gun vs. the swordfighters) that don't quite make up for the overwhelming darker moments, but considering that storywriter George Lucas had been going through a divorce at a time that he wrote it, that's understandable. Overall, there's still a lot to like about the middle part of this trilogy.
Kara suspiciously persuades Lex to travel to the Arctic with the knowledge that the cube-like object created by Kryptonians will protect him. Clark discovers that BrainIAC was in fact personifying his cousin, and Kara is really trapped in the Phantom Zone, a place where he once occupied for a short while. Once BrainIAC sends his best friend Chloe into a comatose state, he makes a confrontation with perhaps his most difficult foe. However, a quickly-becoming greater foe in his former friend, Lex, discovers that the Traveler is in fact Clark.
Lex discovering that much of his father's love was diverted for Clark's sake, is an epic moment that comes at the end of the show. For the character's sake, it was good to see important elements come into play, story-wise: Lana's break up with him, once she has been freed from her comatose state; Lois' increased affections for him; and his willingness to step up for his friends who have been potentially ruined by one of his foe's actions.
The episode is full of special effects; it's obvious that the Smallville creative team saved much of their budget for this episode. However, it lacks the fire that all of the other Smallville finales have had, especially with the prior knowledge that Lex's portayer Michael Rosenbaum will not be around for the show's final season. That potentially causes some big problems, as far as the story resolution goes with regard to Clark and Lex's confrontation in the Fortress of Solitude.