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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PG-13 (for adventure violence and scary images)
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Action & Adventure
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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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Critic Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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Full Review… | December 14, 2011
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Full Review… | April 11, 2011
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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

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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

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Even though the time period of this film is set in the 1950's, I still felt an overwhelming sense of nostalgia as the opening credits rolled (the font used was the same one used for Raiders of the Lost Ark). The gag involving the Paramount logo dissolve was probably the funniest and maybe best one of the series, and, when the shot of Indy (in shadow) putting his fedora on his head happened, I got goosebumps all over my body. The man is back, and, though he may not be better than ever, he's still great. I don't have as many complaints as others do, but the overuse of CGI bugged me, some of it is pretty silly, even for this kind of thing, and the inclusion of aliens, while neat, wasn't necessary. We know you like aliens Spielberg, enough already! I think I'm more okay with this film than other people because I realize that it cannot (and couldn't) have the magic that the others did. Too much time has passed for that to be possible. The film is really thrilling though. It has tons of great action sequences and set-pieces, the pacing is perfect, and the 50's motif works well since Indy has aged. True, the absence of Nazis is a little sad, but there's only so much that can be done with Nazis. I thought that Soviet Communists, and A-Bombs were a nice change. I really enjoyed the religious supernatural elements from the previous films, but the sci-fi/fantasy elements work just as well. More great things include the return of Marion (It's great to see Karen Allen on the screen again), Shia LeBouf making for a great sidekick, and Cate Blanchett as a superb villain. Sallah is no where to be found, but, given the setting and the plot, having him in the film would have been awkward. People have been complaining about the "Monkey/Tarzan" scene, and to them, I say shut up. It's funny. It's an Indiana Jones film, not an intellectual film. It's goofy, fun entertainment. Who cares if it's cheesy. Bottom line: ignore the bad reviews and haters. It's a good film. It can in no way be compared to the previous ones, because they are in leagues of their own. Yeah, it doesn't have the magic of the others, but Spielberg and Co. weren't trying to outdo their previous masterpieces. It's a worthy film, a great addition to the saga, and an overall really fun cinematic experience.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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