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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  • May 2, 2011
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You know how The Last Crusade was a step in the right direction for Indiana Jones after the disappointing sequel? Well, this is another step, a re-step if you will in the wrong direction, and easily the worst film in one of the greatest series of all time. This film brings the good old-school action and must have been quite the breath of fresh air at the time it came out, but it's still very disappointing and has very questionable special effects, plus one plot element that ruined the entire film for me (but we'll get to that later).

This film takes us back to the Cold War, where Indy is forced to help the communists find some magnetized remains. These remains turn out to be that of a...(rageful sigh) an alien. An alien with an entire skeleton made out of crystal in fact. Apparently these aliens are significant because there are others and they are extremely powerful. Indy is following the trail of Harold Oxley at the request of a young greaser named Mutt, who turns out to be.....his son! Indy finds that out after encountering Marian (and the communists) in the jungle. A chase to get the skull to it's original place ensues with some great action.

The story is the main problem. It is entirely out of place for an Indiana Jones movie and there was one plot element that completely ruined the movie for me. Permit me to rant about it now. Steven Spielberg, you are not allowed to let your obsession with aliens leak into Indiana Jones. It's just wrong to put aliens in an Indiana Jones movie. They are not science fiction movies, they are old-school action and should be treated as such. It should be written down in the rules of film that aliens should not be in Indiana Jones movies, just like cowboys should not be in Star Wars movie. Anyway, I don't wish to belabour this point, so we shall move on to the acting.

I am one of the mindset that Harrison Ford can never do wrong with Indiana Jones. The role fit him like a glove then and it still does now. Same goes with Karen Allen, who still rocks as Marian. Now I was one that was kinda mad when I found out Shia LaBoeuf was in this movie, but to my surprise, he wasn't that bad. He played third fiddle to Harrison and Karen, and rightfully so, because they are much better actors. In terms of villains, Cate Blanchett was okay, but definitely not the performance of her career. John Hurt was pretty good, but again, not great either. All in all, it's great seeing Harrison Ford and Karen Allen back in action, but the rest of the performances were just okay.

The special effects, well, the special effects were very questionable. I must admit though, the special effects in the scene at the end were pretty cool. The scenery was lush as ususal, but the rest of the special effects just looked plain unrealistic. The action was okay, especially the fight in the jungle. However, it wasn't nearly as good as the frst three films. This is definitely the worst in the series, although it is not a heinously terrible film altogether. It has good acting and action, but the series should have ended with the third. All in all, see it if you want to round out the series, but if you don't, why bother?

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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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