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Indiana Jones 5?

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

So what do you think? Do we need another Indiana Jones movie? Maybe we don’t need one, but its no secret I love Indiana Jones and the series. Where else are you going to find an academic with a flavor for the supernatural? While some people have strong opinions about all the Indiana Jones movies, I rather enjoyed all of them and still do. The two least favorite among the populace seems to be Temple of Doom and Crystal Skull, both of which I liked.

When Temple of Doom came out in 1984, many people complained that it wasn’t for children, and maybe they were right, but was Raiders of the Lost Ark? Anyone remember the end scene when they open that Ark? Here is a refresher for all you kiddies.

Ive herd it said that Temple of Doom was a somewhat deviation from Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade in that it did not feature anyone from Indy’s past nor did it feature any of the Judeo-Christian beliefs from the other two. However what Temple of Doom did feature was some great action and real evil baddies. You know you are dealing with someone bad when we see Mola Ram pull out that guys heart, or what the distraught and poor indian village has been put through with there stolen children. In some ways one could argue this was Indy’s greatest and most dangerous challenge.  He wasn’t out to save the world from the Nazis but rather a village and children from a supernatural evil. There is no doubt there was a battle of Good versus Evil in this, demonstrated at the end on the bridge between Mola Ram and Indy.

In Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I believe the makers were fighting an uphill battle. It was a long time since we saw Indiana Jones, everyone was older, some actors passed away, and even Spielberg himself was lukewarm about making another Indiana Jones movie. After all, after the ark and the grail what else could be the mystical item that Indy is after. I may be in a minority but I enjoyed Crystal Skull for its alien spin and playing on the ideas of Roswell and the many possibilities about “Area 51”.  It was great just to see Jones back in action and there is no doubt of the clout and following that Crystal Skulls have through out South America.

But will they make another Indiana Jones movie, I doubt it, but if they do what could it be about? What is Indiana Jones after this time. I was reading on the Internet the many ideas fans have. Atlantis, Spear of Destiny and many other items are all thrown around. In fact The Staff of Moses, which was made into a game, Atlantis and The Spear of Destiny have all been used in comics or books about Indiana Jones.  I wish I could say I came up with this idea, but I didn’t. I found someones ( Maximillian from Austrailia) ideas for Indiana Jones 5 and here it is:

Indiana Jones and the Son of Man

Indiana Jones is offered the chance to visit Palestine in the time of Christ in a joint U.S. Army/Vatican time-travel experiment—overseen by Albert Einstein, who is also part of Indy’s posse—to verify the existence of Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, a mysterious group bent on erasing Christ from history hijack the experimental base underneath the Vatican, and pursue Indy through the tunnels of Time, as Jones tries to save a man who neither needs nor wants saving.

Indiana Jones and the Son of Man

I liked this idea so much I decided to make a fan poster to match that description. Not only does the technological/secretive aspect of Crystal Skull make its way into this, but it also connects with Raiders and Last Crusade. It could explore the notion of effecting time and the consequences that has and it could feature a great enemy against our Hero in the way of black magik, just like in Temple of Doom. If this would be Indys final adventure, the stakes have got to be higher then ever, maybe too high, even for Indiana Jones?

It could also feature Indy passing the hat or adventurer mentality to his son or someone like him. After all Harrison Ford is getting a little old for the part. I’m not even against them going as far as killing off the character.

Indiana Jones was based loosely on Alan Quartermain and James Bond and for this movie to work, I’m thinking of the rather excellent James Bond Movie Skyfall. Skyfall featured a hero running out of time, past his prime, and in over his head every time.  When I saw Skyfall, I certainly was not thinking I would see a movie filled with spiritual themes, but it does. It features an older Bond being told time and time again hes to old, not good enough and he has to find the inner strength within himself to persevere.  Those are themes I would like to see in Indiana Jones 5, if it is to have Harrison Ford back.

What do you think, is this a good idea for Indiana Jones 5? Should Indy face off against the ultimate evil and be killed only to be revived by Christ himself? Let me know what you think…