Monday, December 12, 2011
As usual, Ford excelled and his character was by far the most believable on the screen- and no, I don't think that's just Star Wars bias talking. Shia Lebeouf did well enough- assuming that he was written to be the giant douche that I assume he was. I've seen him play an incompetent street boy and an incompetent sidekick- here I got to see him play an incompetent wannabe badass and a surprisingly competent Tarzan. Yes, Shia Letarzan. Don't ask me what they were thinking- I'm not entirely certain that I want to know. Suffice it to say that I flinched. Anyway, Shia definitely did a better job than his reputation on the net- I have yet to see him attempt a role as a competent character, though. So, the premise.
Yeah... ever seen Alien vs Predator? Well, take out the horror and make it adventure, and you got this. Is it really that hard to believe that the Aztecs and Mayans were smarter than the Europeans? Does it always have to be aliens? Seriously, the psychic chick would have been alright if she weren't combined with this. The actual searching part was pulled off decently. It doesn't stand out from a dozen other "solve the puzzle, hop a plane and find the prize" storylines, but it doesn't fail in that department either. Shia almost gets his butt kicked, Indy shows he's got enough fight left in him to make up for it, and a would-be assassin ends up sucking his own poison dart (which somehow managed to turn around inside the tube). There's a semi-cool, semi-cheesy swordfight complete with mother commentary, and there's some comic relief from the Professor whose brains were apparently absorbed by - until they come back.
All in all, it was pretty good. Ford was excellent, a few things were simply unnecessary or ridiculous, and the rest was in between. How much I recommend this movie falls along the lines of how I would recognize Temple of Doom (at least, ignoring the more horrific elements). It's not the best Indy story, but it's a stupid action movie that gives us Indiana Jones one last time. Take that, and make your own decision if it's a movie you might want to watch.
Bill Silvia is a regular contributor at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews. You can find more of his work at www.MiBreviews.com.
Posted by William Silvia at 12/12/2011