Indiana Jones and the Mass Genocide of Indigenous Peoples

The more I think about the end of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the more it bothers me. At the end, they find the lost city (slightly underwhelming), Indy and gang are attacked by a mass of indigenous people – lost tribe of the Incas, even though they keep saying everything is Mayan… (Mayans were in Mexico and Central America, Incans were in Peru and the Amazon, right?).

So they use the crystal skull to not get dead by the people, and then the Russians come right behind and kill them all. They totally gloss over the Russians killing everyone with a couple of close-ups.

I think this is done, because then a huge OMGWTFspaceship destroys the lost city, and would have killed all the people, so instead of dealing with that, they just said “the evil Russians did it already.”

Better ways to avoid genocide – let the aliens save them somehow – put them on the spaceship or something…

Or how about you just show some people escaping?

Or better, shorten the horribly long jungle chase scene and tarzan swinging monkeyboy Shia scene, and add a scene where Indy has escaped the Russians, only to get captured by the indigenous people when he gets to the city. Indy and gang then negotiate their escape, let the people know the Russians are coming! and then at the end when Indy and gang are standing on the cliff overlooking the destruction of the city, the indigenous chief is surrounded by people on another cliff, and salutes Indy before they disappear into the jungle.

Did this bother anyone else?

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3 responses to “Indiana Jones and the Mass Genocide of Indigenous Peoples

  1. I didn’t catch any Inca/Mayan issue.. though I was mega-tired when watching (still recovering from 32 nights of straight working, and had been awake for 20 hours, 12 of which had been spent carrying furniture) so spent the first “Spielbergian Exposition Intro” part of the movie fighting sleep urges so when Indy was all “It’s in mayan” or whatever I just accepted it, I had ni idea where they were!
    The killing if the lost tribe did bother me a bit, at the time mostly because it wasn’t mentioned at all by the heroes. Even a little “you killed all those people! How could you?!” from Indy would have helped. :/
    I did think though that what you call “gloosing over” with close-ups was incredibly efective cinematically to convey what the russians had done. We hear the gunfire, and then see the aftermath… that was very effective imho… ie we wre left to imagine the horror of the slaughter. :/
    In hindisght maybe there was supposed to be an element of the OMGWTFUFO destroying everything/everyone because the bad guys had been bad and killed the lost tribe… ie maybe there would have been less death and destruction if there had been less…death and destruction. Or something.
    I need to watch it again when more awake.

    • Maybe you’re right about the enhancement of the shock and awe of death and destruction… Emphasizing the impact of evil…
      I wonder why these crystal aliens were so non-caring, though. They’re these interdimensional archeologists, collecting cultures, but help these primitives establish a huge culture, then they all die while sitting in a circle? But they’re still alive?
      I watched the movie with my disbelief totally suspended, and enjoyed the heck out of the escapism, but all these things keep bothering me the more I think about it. :S
      *tries to stop*

  2. ok – go read my LJ. lol
    Also? The movie started out ok, but then it totally jumped the shark when he flew like 18 miles in a frakkin’ REFRIGERATOR and got out, unscathed. *sigh*
    I wanted to puke afterwards. It wasn’t a bad movie as far as movies go. It was a BAD INDIANA JONES MOVIE. It wasn’t up to par. It lacked. 😦

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