written by owen on 2008-Jun-13.
Indian Jones 4 (for the lack of a better word) was an "ABOMINATION". That said it wasn't really that bad, if you think of it as "made in the 1980s". Its just like the other movies except obvious things tend to happen at obvious times like whenever you Indy finds something interesting he will usually instantly get caught. Maybe I've out grown it. Tomb Raider seemed to have found EVERY SINGLE TREASURE ON THE PLANET ALREADY. Good adventure movies are hard to come by these days. Especially with all the computer graphics, global warming, deforestation and sex tapes.
I think the main problem with adventure movies is that they are not a re-newable resource. Once somebody goes there you almost always expect that all the traps will get fired and the whole place will simply go to hell - express shipping. Rendering it almost impossible for new people to die in the traps or re-discover the treasure. Its a sad sad tail, almost like the movie "National Treasure". What happened to movies like Sinbad, Pitch Black, Aladdin, 13th Warrior, The Mommy, Kull the Conquerer, or Conan The Barbarian? Have we set up motels and mini-marts at every corner of the planet rendering it impossible for anybody to lost? No more treasure on the open seas?
I remember back in the day (when the earth was flat) all you had to do was wake up drunk on a boat in the middle of the ocean with a map, someone to impregnate and a compass - you would end up on a island filled with a monkeys, cyclops-es and angry things that were pissed off because you disturbed their island paradise with your rap music and poor fashion sense. lack of trendy-ness. You never really need to know how or why you ended up there. All you cared about was the secret treasure, magic, keys to stuff and avoiding the next thing tries to eat you.
So say for instance you can't find a deserted island with a active volcano (because islands expensive nowadays) you could always go off to a place like Ireland, Scotland or Greenland or one of those "land" places. I'm sure you can find actors and camera people who AREN'T LAZY. You could even make a reality tv show or something - on second thought - no - because more than likely somebody will end up NOT WANTING TO FALL INTO THE BOTTOMLESS PIT BECAUSE THEY FEEL SICK - amateurs. I've run out of ideas. its just not the same.