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Good Idea, Poor Execution

  • May 23, 2008
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Had I known then what I know now I would have passed on seeing this movie and settled for a root canal or possibly done my taxes again.

The idea of bringing Indiana Jones back to the big screen is a great one, one that can appeal to both the young and old. However when the rubber hits the road this movie is a disaster. There is zero character development, and the storyline is incredibly lame.

Lucas has done it again, like Star Wars, he has taken a great trilogy and has tarnished the image and brand that was once Indiana Jones. If you need a fix, dust off the original and enjoy a good quality movie.

At the very least wait for it on DVD, then borrow it from a friend.

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April 25, 2009
"At the very least wait for it on DVD, then borrow it from a friend." Would any friend really be a friend if they liked this movie so much that they had to own it? LOL.
April 25, 2009
Very good point. LOL
 
February 01, 2009
Totally agree! This movie was so disappointing--I have no idea that it took Lucas and company this long just to come up with this flick??!
 
January 29, 2009
Wow, you still have drive-ins where you live! I'm so jealous.
 
January 25, 2009
Actually I liked it. The whole thing was a parody or sarcasm on the sci-fi films and Communist histeria, McCarthyism and alien movies of the day....
April 25, 2009
Only without the awareness that they weren't saying anything new. The fact of the matter is that if you want a 1950s movie about national paranoia and aliens, see The Day the Earth Stood Still or The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Unlike this film, those films are classics. They were brilliant when they came out and they're brilliant now. This piece of commercial trash, on the other hand, has been decried by the fans and it's not going to become any more popular with the passing of time.
April 26, 2009
Yes, OK. Let's wish for a better sequel then...
 
January 25, 2009
That's just an example of what happens when you let too many decades lapse between films--fans get their expectations up and its very difficult to match what they've been cooking up in their feverish little brains. When you add metric tons of fan fiction to the equation, well, you've really got a problem. I was never a fan of either the STAR WARS series of INDY so there's no problem here. I haven't seen this film yet and probably won't until its on broadcast tv for free, so I can't comment on its merits or lack of same. Having read some other reviews I suspect I know where the problem lies though. To quote an excellent source, such is life.
 
January 15, 2009
I was so disappointed when I saw this movie. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but the script was terrible! About 45 minutes into the movie I was still waiting for something substantial to happen. Not sure if i would even recommend renting this one.
 
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Nearly 20 years after riding his last Crusade, Harrison Ford makes a welcome return as archaeologist/relic hunter Indiana Jones inIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, an action-packed fourth installment that's, in a nutshell, less memorable than the first three but great nostalgia for fans of the series. Producer George Lucas and screenwriter David Koepp (War of the Worlds) set the film during the cold war, as the Soviets--replacing Nazis as Indy's villains of choice and led by a sword-wielding Cate Blanchett with black bob and sunglasses--are in pursuit of a crystal skull, which has mystical powers related to a city of gold. After escaping from them in a spectacular opening action sequence, Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young greaser (Shia LaBeouf) whose friend--and Indy's colleague--Professor Oxley (John Hurt) has been captured for his knowledge of the skull's whereabouts. Whatever secrets the skull holds are tertiary; its reveal is the weakest part of the movie, as the CGI effects that inevitably accompany it feel jarring next to the boulder-rolling world of Indy audiences knew and loved. There's plenty of comedy, delightful stunts--ants play a deadly role here--and the return ofRaiderslove interest Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, once shrill but now softened, giving her ex-love bemused glances and eye-rolls as he huffs his way to save the day. Which brings us to Ford: bullwhip still in hand, he's a little ...
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Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 22, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
Runtime: 122 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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