Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

2008

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

239
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 54%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 370786

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Cast

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Cate Blanchett as Irina Spalko
Shia LaBeouf as Mutt Williams
John Hurt as Professor Oxley
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Elliott-Brewster77 7 / 10

Back to the basics with Indy

I was excited when I heard Indy was coming back for another adventure and so was Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg. I went into the movie without expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. No, it's not perfect and there were some things that could have been better, but on the whole, I enjoyed it. And this is the only one of Shia LaBeouf's movies I actually enjoyed. Some might find this fun while others may find it disappointing, but the originals weren't exactly flawless either. But try to keep an open mind and an open heart and you'll be waiting for Indiana Jones 5, which comes out in 2020. I know I am!

Reviewed by Tweekums 7 / 10

Indy goes up against Soviets in the Peruvian Jungle

It is 1957 and as this film opens Indiana Jones and his friend George "Mac" McHale have been captured by a Soviet officer, Colonel Dr Irina Spalko, who wants help stealing an artefact from a warehouse in Area 51. The item appears to be the remains of the 'Roswell Alien'. Indy manages to escape, but not before learning that his 'friend' is actually in the pay of the Soviets. He heads to a nearby village and finds it populated by dummies… it is about to be destroyed in a nuclear test! He survives but is suspected of being a Soviet agent by the FBI. After being given a leave of absence from his job he is approached by a young man, known as 'Mutt', with an interesting story; archaeologist Harold Oxley found a crystal skull in Peru before going insane; it is believed that he must have found it in the legendary city of Akator… also who make as known as El Dorado. Indy and Mutt head to Peru to search for the skull and the city… here they meet some old friends as well as the Soviets who are also after the skull for their own nefarious ends.

I'd heard that this film was rather disappointing so put off watching it for some time… actually it was quite enjoyable. There is plenty of action from start to finish and even though our protagonists are often in danger it isn't too scary most of the time as there is degree of humour most of the time. There are a handful of 'unpleasant' scenes; the worst being when a couple of villains are killed by giant ants! The action is nicely varied with car chases through the jungle, going over waterfalls in an amphibious car and less than friendly locals. The main characters are pretty good; Harrison Ford shows that he still had what it took to play the adventurous Indiana Jones and Shia LaBeouf was solid as Mutt. There are also fine performances from Cate Blanchett as the villainous Spalko; John Hurt as Oxley; Ray Winstone as Mac and Karen Allen who makes a welcome return to the series as Marion Ravenwood, the romantic interest in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Overall I'd say this is a decent enough adventure with plenty of action and a fun story; I'd certainly recommend it to fans of the original films even if it isn't quite as good.

Reviewed by Wuchak 7 / 10

Second best of the 4-movie series

RELEASED IN 2008 and directed by Steven Spielberg, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" takes place in 1957 when Jones (Harrison Ford) teams-up with a greaser teen (Shia LaBeouf) to thwart a Soviet plot to unearth the secret behind alien-looking artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. Cate Blanchett plays the staunch Russian leader while Ray Winstone appears as Indiana's dubious partner. John Hurt plays a demented professor while Karen Allen returns as Marion from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981).

While none of the three sequels (including the 1984 prequel "Temple of Doom") match the greatness of "Raiders," this is easily the best of 'em. "Last Crusade" (1989) was decent, but it borrowed too heavily from "Raiders" and was unable to match it, let alone improve upon it; not to mention it included the cartoonish-ness of "Temple." "Crystal Skull" blazes its own path, taking place 19 years after the events in the previous movie. Everything reflects the time period of the mid-to-late 50s: nuclear bomb testing, greasers, Elvis-inspired rock 'n' roll and the obsession with extraterrestrial visitation.

The globetrotting spans from the wastelands of Nevada to the Northeast USA to Peru and, lastly, the jungles of the Amazon. The first half is the best part while the last hour is overblown with overkill CGI, but still more entertaining than the climaxes of "Temple" and "Last Crusade." The film bends over backward to entertain. Jones & Mutt (Labeouf) make a capable & amusing team and it's great to see the spry Marion again (Karen has maintained her sweet figure). As the story progresses, the relationships of the three are heartwarming.

THE MOVIE RUNS 122 minutes and was shot in S. Cal.; New Mexico; Connecticut; Hawaii; Iguazú Waterfalls, Argentina; and Iguaçu Falls, Brazil. WRITERS: David Koepp wrote the script based on the story by George Lucas & Jeff Nathanson.

GRADE: B

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