Have I mentioned before how much of a huge Indiana Jones fan I am? [I think I may have said it once or twice](http://lowbrowculture.com/?s=indiana+jones). I’ve also [briefly mentioned](http://lowbrowculture.com/2009/07/09/fan-service/) my feelings on *Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull* (short version: I liked it well enough, despite some huge flaws).
Of all the things to not like about *Crystal Skull*, the thing that annoyed me most was the way Señor Spielbergo backpedalled about mostly relying physical effects, to keep it stylistically in line with the rest of the films in the series. Now, rather than having Terry Leonard *actually* getting dragged along behind an *actual* giant truck, hardly a shot went by in *Crystal Skull* without some sort of digital touch-up, whether it’s a set they couldn’t be bothered to build or a fucking monkey with a 1950s greaser haircut (really?).
All that said, here are my least favourite 16 seconds of that entire movie, the part that almost makes me give up entirely. Fortunately, they happen right at the end, so I can watch most of the movie without wanting to throw something at my TV.
Here we have a set of giant cogs closing in, destroying the only way out. Bad news, right? Except watch the way the characters react to this. Watch *Harrison Ford’s* reaction. Everyone just strolls along, as if this kind of thing happens all the time, so why worry about it
I bet this is how it went: Señor Spielbergo said to the actors “Listen guys, I know you’re all old and tired, so don’t sweat it. Take your time. It doesn’t matter how long you take to get across here, we’ll get the ILM guys to make it so that the cogs close just behind you.” Compare this to the opening scene of *Raiders of the Lost Ark*, where Indiana Jones is running from a boulder. Although it was only made out of fibreglass, that boulder [weighed around 300 pounds](http://www.theraider.net/films/raiders/making_5_production.php). And you know what? That’s real fear you see on Harrison Ford’s face as he’s running. That’s real urgency in his movements.
Some things you just can’t fix in post-production.