Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

A mystical adventure with a magical development of the search for sacred stone

About the prequel

Directed by the same movie director, Steven Spilberg, the movie is a prequel of the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). The devastating success of the first one opened space for a sequence more than waited by the public. Yet, the third movie of the franchise was polemic due to its darkness and violence, changing even the story of the american censorship, that created a new classification, the PG-13 (forbidden to youngers than 13 years).

The plot

The movie begins in Xangai, with our hero, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) trying to do business in a night clube, with a chinese mafia, exchaging a relic with a diamond. The main singer of the place is Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw), that after the show joined the table where the scene begins. The chinese threat Indiana Jones, trying to keep the diamond, and Indy makes Willie victim. The shots begin and they run away together, to an airport. The plane was from the head of the mafia, and in the middle of the flight the two pilots jump with parachute.

Indy, Willie and a third character, a chinese child, Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) – Indy’s assistant, jump of the falling plane in an inflatable boat, in in the middle of a forest, until arrives into a lake. They finally got into the margin and met an old indian man. This man took them into a village, that was with drought and few food left. The old man explained to the visitors that their king stole a magic stone, that used to make them prosper. He also said that Indiana was sent by the gods to help retrieve the sacred stone. Jones agrees to help.

The three adventures starts the journey to the palace, with help of the natives and elephants. The moment they arrive near of the place, there are statues of the Kali goddess, worshipped by the tugues people, that are in control of the teenager maharaja. The people from the village run, in fear of the dark goddess. In the veritable Indian culture, Kali is the energy goddess, and this interpretation of the film caused a huge polemic, as the dinner that is served in the following scenes.

The group arrived in the palace and was received with great honour, and while Jones talked about the sacred stone with one of them, Willie and Short sat by the dinner table, with a lot of people – including the maharaja. The food served is unforgettable, including in the menu: small snakes, a soup of eyes, the brain of monkeys and even big beetles. The result is that the guests did not eat a single spoon, and went to bed hungry. Indiana shows up in Willie’s bedroom with some fruits, and they argue because none of them admits that wants to kiss each other.

In his bedroom, Indiana faces an intruder and after the fight, kills him. Worried, he and Short go to Willie’s bedroom, and finds a secret passage. They go inside and almost got killed in a trap, that Willie helps to stop. They have found the hiding place of the dark ritual of the tugues. Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) is the dark priest that kills people after pulling out their heart, throwing them into the lava, in a sacrifice to Kali. After the ritual, Jones is found trying to take not one, but three sacred stones from Kali’s statue. The three of them are imprisioned in the ritual’s place.

The review

The movie continues with a suprising story, that includes slavery of child to search for more sacred stones in a mine, and also a Indiana Jones bewitched by a malignant enchant. The movie reviews were divided, and its bad part was mainly for the violence, that made even a change in the american censorship, as said before. Not to mention the hindus description made by the movie, once they did not respect the real meaning of the gods, and the culinary as well. It yield a temporary censure of the film in India.

Talking about the characters, Kate Capshaw just saw about her own: “idiot blound screaming”. To Steven Spilberg, the movie was dark, and does not passes his real feeling about Indiana Jones. Yet, it was because of Temple of Doom that he met Kate, the woman that he married a few years later. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is available on Netflix.

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