So, how about the climax eh? Bit of a let down really, wish they just left the skeletons inanimate and had some weird voodoo thing happen, something bad happens and the bad guys die, the good guys run away which would then lead to the temple collapse.
The whole [SPOILER - highlight to read]: alien/spaceship thing was just poor, the effects looked mad as hell, but the plot was just stupid beyond belief. There would have been more mystery if they left just the skulls and Area 51 body and had us use our imagination.
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I think that there is nothing wrong with the direction of the film. Previous Indiana Jones films involved some Religious artifact gone missing. This one however moves more to the science fictional out of space mystery story. It fits perfectly with the time period. The 1950s were a time in which Martian men were very popular in fantasy.
The ending hints that the torch won't be pass to Shea...notice Indy takes it away from him and puts it on.
Let's be honest...SS and Lucas have had raging hard-ons for aliens and stories to do with space and aliens etc. for the past few years..so it was not surprising even if it wasn't set in the 1950's it would of probably been alien themed it was just dissapointly done imo.
Man that OX guy sucked badly the oh i'm a gibbering mad man now i'm back to normal self lol talk about overdevelopment of a irrevelant character.
But the other films kinda smoothly rubbed the mystery bits, here it's all out in the open. That's not great, it doesn't leave much room for imagination.
I mean: the Ark - what happened there really? Was it the wrath of God, did the nazi's have it coming... I mean, we see ghosts and that's all. After taht it's 'just' that box again.
Sankara: Do they really have power or it a thing of human decency again.
Grail: we lose it, again, it';s a test of human character.
Aliens: well... knowlegde... allright, nothing to do with human character in the end... So tehre is a difference.
CGI Monkees and Gophers, ants and whatever fake looking phail rendering you can think of in the movie, bad dialogue, an unevenly paced implausible plot (starting with the nuke thing) mixed up sense of what the film wanted to be to its detriment, too much focus on unimportant characters (such as Mutt), John Hurt's character "Ox" (Who should have been shot, eventually and slowly to f***ing death by the Russians by way of payoff for the audience who had to sit through every scene he was in)... The arguable waste of Karen Allen's return, the patchy acting... theres a lot more than just the ending that'll divide people on this.
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