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Close encounters of the Von Daniken kind at the temple of doom

  • Sep 9, 2008
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1. Colonel-Doctor Irina Spalko (the absolutely amazing Cate Blanchett) and her team are seeking the truth that is apparently out there. Indiana Jones (the one and only Harrison Ford) is assisting, but not entirely voluntarily.
2. All roads lead to El Dorado, and the real-life conquistador Francisco de Orellana who eventually navigated the entire Amazon River looking for it. (Note: He should have stopped in Guyana, home of the world's finest El Dorado rum. He may not have found the city of gold, but he would have been too pleasantly intoxicated to care)
3. Mutt Williams (cute as a button Shia LaBeouf) proves that he's faster than a speeding train, or at least an accelerating one. (Looks like the future of the franchise lies with him, but he's got a big Fedora to fill)
4. Weird shaped crystal skull of title proves that it's a great responsibility to wield great power.
5. Indiana's friend Harold Oxley (John Hurt) proves that one can go crazy trying to figure out why this movie goes in so many different directions
6. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) returns
7. The natives are restless and get no respect
8. Movie jumps shark several times. Key words - fridge, snake, vines, cliff, waterfalls. (You'll know what I mean after you see it) Spielberg includes everything in his arsenal except the Jurassic Park dinosaurs, and ironically, the shark from Jaws.
9. Everybody gets antsy by the end, while playing catch me if you can
10. Ending disappoints, albeit with impressive special effects.

Looking for treasure
Is always a pleasure
As Harrison Ford
And Cate with her sword
Decipher the clues
That are meant to confuse
The search for the gold
Stored by people of old

Blunders and gaffes
Provide lots of laughs
As the ravenous ants
Meet with Cate Blanchett's pants
And LaBeouf does his thing
When he gets in the swing
But I'm still in the dark
Why the plot jumped the shark

Spielberg may have omitted the huge pile of mashed potatoes this time, but this mish mash of a plot isn't sufficiently spectacular to inspire ET to phone home.

Amanda Richards

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December 18, 2008
I saw this in theaters on Memorial Day, and it was so not worth the 19 year wait. Harrison Ford was in fine shape, but the script left a lot to be desired. Aliens and Indiana Jones just don't mix. I had more fun this summer checking out Wall E and the Dark Knight, and surely a lot of other people did, too.
December 17, 2008
Hello A. As I recall you gave this film 3 stars in your Amazon review. Why the change of heart (not that I disagree with your insightful and witty evaluation)?
December 10, 2008
I've wanted to see it, but haven't yet. I've been quite discouraged by the reviews, although I've had many reputable friends tell me that it was entertaining if you like the Jones movies. Quite a humorous review though.
September 10, 2008
Great recap of jumping the shark several times. Very funny!
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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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