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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Though the plot elements are certainly familiar, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still delivers the thrills and Harrison Ford's return in the title role is more than welcome.

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After being forced to leave Marshall College under dubious circumstances, Indy joins forces with rebellious, young Mutt, who believes he knows the whereabouts of one of the most spectacular archeological finds in history--the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear. But, as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru--a land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold--they quickly realize they are not alone in their search. Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull. Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko, whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world--if they can unlock its secrets. Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable motives, and, above all, stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the deadliest of hands.

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Cast

Harrison Ford
as Indiana Jones
Shia LaBeouf
as Mutt Williams
Cate Blanchett
as Col. Irina Spalko
Karen Allen
as Marion Ravenwood
John Hurt
as Prof. Oxley
Ray Winstone
as George 'Mac' McHale
Jim Broadbent
as Dean Charles Stanforth
Igor Jijikine
as Col. Dovchenko
Dimitri Diatchenko
as Russian Suit
Ilia Volok
as Russian Suit
Emmanuel Todorov
as Russian Soldier
Pavel Lychnikoff
as Russian Soldier
Andrew Divoff
as Russian Soldier
Venya Manzyuk
as Russian Soldier
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Crystal Skull isn't bad -- there are a few dazzling sequences, and a couple of good performances -- but the unprecedented blend of comedy and action that made the movies so much more fun than any other adventure series is mostly gone.

May 27, 2008 | Full Review…

There's nothing but entertainment value here.

May 27, 2008

The action is the movie's raison d'être, of course, but the setups are wittier than the payoffs.

May 27, 2008 | Full Review…

Crystal Skull is a fun ride, but if we have to wait 19 years for the next one, that's OK by me.

May 23, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Indy isn't boning up on Babylonian texts; he's leafing through the Weekly World News.

May 23, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Expecting Brando-esque menace or Dreyfus-ian uplift from the Indiana Jones tetralogy is like going to the candy counter at the mall multiplex and asking for some goat cheese and a nice cabernet.

May 22, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

A disappointing chapter that suffers from a lame interaction between the characters, an inconsistent plot that makes no sense and action scenes that are never memorable, relying too much on CGI and never managing to create any sense of real danger, with a terrible ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

This was a very high quality film. Unfortunately the cheese factor was way over the top for me. So much so that it was on the verge of a cartoon. The other issue with this film (and many other to follow these days), is that the CG was well done, but very unnecessary. I am no longer surprised by anything done on a computer. Once you see one CG creature or effect you are no longer surprised by all the others. Let?s bring back some of the old school film techniques like actual stuntmen. This adds so much more realism back in the picture (way to go Christopher Nolan for doing this in ?The Dark Knight?).

Jon Lantz
Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

½

the movie was a lot of fun, but entertainment and a bit of nostalgia were the only things this film really accomplished. this film doesnt downgrade the franchise because it was a very solid movie, but it was a mere shadow of indiana jones glory. ultimately, the real problem was sheer silliness. the entire film i thought multiple times, "that was really silly." karen allens character was so silly she seemed drunk the whole film, and most of the action sequences were so silly that they felt like they belonged in a national lampoons spoof version of indiana jones. i didnt mind the absurdity of the plot that ive heard many complain about because temple of doom was equally absurd and i enjoyed that film, but the other indy films maintained semblences of realism within the adventure, this one did not. this might be nitpicking, but the lighting in this film was also really bad, it sort of felt too bright, like the characters were glowing. indiana jones is supposed to be a dark film. in all a good watch, but disappointing as an indy jones film.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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