Eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones is back in his second adventure, this time to tackle the great terror surrounding the mysterious Temple of Doom. After crash landing in India, Indiana Jones and companions Short Round and Willie Scott end up in a small distressed village where the residents claim a dark power has stolen their precious stone… and their children! Agreeing to assist the village, Indiana and friends make their way to a nearby palace and inquire further into the strange happenings. Assuring Indiana he has no idea what he’s talking about, prime minister Chatter Lal offers them to spend the night in the palace. However, it is that evening that Indiana discovers a secret passage into a booby-trapped temple and stumbles onto something he thought was long extinct. It seems the age old cut of Thuggee cult is attempting to rise once more, believing that with the power of the five Sankara stones they can rule the world. Now, it’s up to Indiana to put a stop to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom. —IMDb
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
There is a true audacity in Spielberg opening his sequel to "Raiders" with an extended fifteen minute setpiece beginning itself with a dance sequence straight out of Busby Berkeley. The tension he sustains as the song ends and he sets his pieces through Indy's conversation with Lao for the climax of the Shanghai sequence is a masterful display of classical design that boils over and explodes in delightful mayhem.
Also: Into the Starship Vortex. And remembering Jamaa Fanaka.
I can understand when Lucas and Spielberg embarked on making the second Indiana Jones film as part of their agreement that they wanted to make it different as possible from Raiders of the Lost Ark… read review
I think what makes Temple Of Doom work as well as it does is the complete change of pace and scenery from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It takes you to a jungle and then to a Hindu extremist temple somewhere… read review