To test my theory, I went away and tried my hand at writing a back-of-the-video-box blurb for a second curtain call for the Indiana Jones series — just for fun! Of course, the concise nature of writing blurbs presented its own challenges, but coming up with ideas — good ideas — was much harder than I expected. Now, I’m not trying to say I’m a mercurial writing talent, not at all! I just wanted to simulate the challenge; it may have been hard for me because I’m convinced that it can’t be done!
Anyway, here’s what I came up with:
Indiana Jones and the Secret of Nazca^ The spirit of adventure soars in this eagerly awaited fourth installment in the Indiana Jones saga! ^ Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas reunite after fifteen years to prove that old dogs can teach themselves new tricks! ^ After finding an ancient Peruvian artifact in the sands of war-torn Tunisia, Indiana Jones receives a plea for help from an anthropologist friend researching the mysterious Nazca Lines. ^ Upon reaching Mexico, Jones learns that his friend has disappeared — and suspects the involvement of a band of renegade Nazis who are, coincidentally, on a dubious journey to the Nazca Lines themselves. ^ Armed with his artifact that’s transmuting into gold the closer it gets to South America, Jones sets off in search of his friend and some answers, but no before giving Humphrey Bogart a few tips on how best to approach his role in his latest movie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre! ^ As usual, Jones gets far more than he bargained for as secrets intersect, culminating in an explosive and awe-inspiring conclusion to what is a “Surprisingly fitting footnote to the Indiana Jones legend, combining the wryness and leanness of the first film with the assured confluence of Jones’ last high-octane outing” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).
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