It wouldn’t be an Indiana Jones movie without a thrilling chase sequence. Luckily, “Dial of Destiny” gives us several, though the tuk-tuk chase through Tangier takes the proverbial cake. After Helena’s botched auction, Voller takes off with the dial, forcing Indy, Helena, and that film’s Short Round 2.0, Teddy (Ethann Isidore), to chase via tuk-tuks. To make matters even more chaotic, Helena’s ex-fiancé, local mobster Rahim (Alaa Safi), joins the chase in hopes of winning her back. Rahim’s amorous calls to Helena as the bullets fly by are fun, while the awe-inspiring stunts on display as tuk-tuks weave through crowded markets, narrow lanes and hundreds of stairs are a sight to behold.
This chase gives each hero a turn of the wheel, changing the dynamic and adding exciting new elements to the action choreography with every turn. At first, Helena and Indy race in separate vehicles until an oncoming car forces Indy to jump into the back of Helena’s rickshaw. Indy eventually takes over, and there are some fun bickering as Helena and Teddy serve as drivers in the back. How can anyone not love a set filled with fantastic practical effects (and not-so-great green screen), banter, and car crashes? It’s classic Indiana Jones, delivering humor and thrills in equal measure.