I have to admit I expected better, with Chamberlain, Stone, and Jones. Especially James Earl Jones' character is a disappointment given what a strong actor he is, and already was by then. It must have pained a guy so smart and able to play such a stack of racist stereotypes as they put on his character. Sharon Stone was young then and it occurs to me most of the stuff I've liked with her comes later, but she really isn't cut out to be the kind of female character that screams and runs to the arms of the leading man. Her charcter isn't a complete wallflower in this film, but her later films where she shows more independence and strength are not foreshadowed in this.
The story, meanwhile, just makes no sense on so many levels. Even with the suspense of disbelief that any movie like this requires (I love the Indiana Jones franchise--well, all but ToD), too many pieces of it don't work as magic or ancient technology or modern stuff looking like magic to the locals. They just don't work, period.
Some good scenery, as the location shots were done in Zimbabwe which is a beautiful place. But not quite worth the ridiculous story, I'm afraid. Even as a lightweight action film for a Saturday, it doesn't cut it.