Paramount Pictures | Release Date: May 23, 1984
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FilipeNetoFeb 22, 2018
In this film, the second in Indiana Jones franchise, the famous explorer goes to India, where he will face a strange and dangerous cult that kidnaps children in a nearby village of their temple. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this prequel toIn this film, the second in Indiana Jones franchise, the famous explorer goes to India, where he will face a strange and dangerous cult that kidnaps children in a nearby village of their temple. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this prequel to the first film has script by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, and keeps Harrison Ford in the title role.

See this movie and compare it with the first of the franchise makes you want to ask Spielberg what the hell went wrong. After a film as interesting as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (which revealed some flaws, but had a very own charm), this one is a real cold shower. Kate Capshaw is a perfect casting error, never managing to overcome the mediocrity. Harrison Ford, although don't embarrassed his character, also doesn't appeared to be properly inspired, making his role without much emotion. For posterity, however, are the scenes of the banquet in the palace, who can start sonorous laughter from any audience. The script is not necessarily interesting, missing movement, the action is very concentrated only in certain sequences. The photograph is bad and boring, colors are too loaded, especially red tones, which is not good, although the visual effects have won an Oscar. The costumes are well imagined and some scenarios as well but the soundtrack brings no surprises or novelties.

People say that there is no love like the first, and this is true in the movies: after a movie like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was very hard not to disappoint the audience, but it would have been easier to please with a smarter script, a more vivid and adventurous story, a less forced photograph and a main actress better and less noisy.
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siddharthamMar 7, 2015
Kings being served snakes, soup of eyeballs and the desert. Yuck!!! Since when did kings in India eat these? Who told the producer this? Stupid producer with lack of basic knowledge. And what gives him the right to show such insulting stuff??Kings being served snakes, soup of eyeballs and the desert. Yuck!!! Since when did kings in India eat these? Who told the producer this? Stupid producer with lack of basic knowledge. And what gives him the right to show such insulting stuff?? And making fun of worshiping idols. The worst movie...couldnt watch because of utter nonsense! Probably made in 1984 when the western world had little or no idea about India and the other countries on the other side of the world. LOL! I was pretty surprised that Amrish puri said yes to acting in this **** movie. Indian kings never ate this kindoff stuff. It was so stupid to show this and give a misguided look at India. Insulting india was the only thing it managed to do...The director and writer lacked basic common sense and lack of knowledge about the eastern world. Expand
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Whizzy_ElephantFeb 13, 2019
The Temple of Doom is a silly film that becomes more atrocious as it ages. During this period of golden age film making, there were a lot of experiments at mixing comedy with violence/horror while still trying to make it family friendly. SuchThe Temple of Doom is a silly film that becomes more atrocious as it ages. During this period of golden age film making, there were a lot of experiments at mixing comedy with violence/horror while still trying to make it family friendly. Such a result can be seen here. It is an extremely gorey film, yet its targeted at children to an extent. It's disgustingly dishonest and pulls itself apart so inelegantly.

Couple with an incredibly weak (yet well acted) annoyance of a female lead, a child who seems more fitting to be the 2nd main, and you have probably the most mismatched protagonists of any action movie.

The only saving graces are the lavishly detailed sets and vibrant colours, with some acceptable action sequences. But growing up and reflecting on what was made all those years ago; looking at what you could get away with, Temple of Doom doesn't deserve the praise it gets, for its guilty of just being too unsophisticated and unintelligent.
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