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Plot: During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Henry Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, to Peru. With Oxley's code, they find a legendary skull made of a single piece of quartz. If Jones can deliver the skull to its rightful place, all may be well; but if Irina takes it to its origin, she'll gain powers that could endanger the West. Aging professor and young buck join forces with a woman from Jones's past to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural. Runtime: 122 mins Release Date: 21 May 2008
I just came back from a pre-screening of the fourth Indiana Jones movie and I say I enjoyed it IMMENSELY!!! Wow, for years now I thought that after "War of The Worlds" Spielberg has lost his touch; not so here. Here he returns to the basic fundamentals of the lost arts of practicality and just plain good old fashioned genuine storytelling something that's solely lacking in today's CGI-heavy world helped along by the big guy himself Harrison Ford along with witty and charming Shia LaBeouf as a newcomer to the franchise with George Lucas lending some support to <more>
cinematography. Ford is simply amazing as the venerable adventurer with lots of impressive stunt work. Everything is bigger and better than before, the action is of high-caliber, the plot is thorough and exciting with intelligent writing coupled with awesome special effects. But what really surprised me was that it looked like it was filmed in the 1980's; something that's rare in this Digital Age!!! I'm sure those accustomed to digital film-making may be put off, but it actually works really well and gives the film an added dose of nostalgia and sense of wonder that Spielberg brought so successfully in his past films. Not many films can achieve that feat, but I can strongly say that Spielberg has gone out on top and brought back one of the most beloved cinematic heroes around for one more time.I'm enthusiastically awaiting a sequel with open arms.
A fantastic film from start to finish. I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening over the weekend and I was amazed at to how the team was able to make yet another Indy film. I must say I had my doubts but they were swiftly brushed to one side.Fantastic action sequences and tense moments really drove home the action portion of the film, whereas the sentimental emotional scenes really got me.In my opinion this is probably my second favourite Indy film, which it should hold in some high regard as the previous three are firm favourites in my movie library.Absolutely sublime from start to <more>
There is an extremely touching line towards the end of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' that says 'So much time is wasted waiting'. While this is in regards to Indiana's own personal journey through the course of all four films it also echoes Steven Spielberg's, George Lucas' and Harrison Ford's endurance over 19 years in making this film. And indeed - this is an amazing film worth waiting for.'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' is not simply a good Indiana Jones film; it is a very good film. It demonstrates such a <more>
marvellous amalgamated homage to the different film genres of the 60s along with developing the key character of Indiana Jones. More importantly as the film begins we realise just how alone Indiana is after all, and as the film progress he is blessed with an encounter with a particular familiar face which enables him to embrace that wasted time. It is a beautiful completion to an iconic character that the world holds dear.
When it comes to reviewing a movie like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the hardest thing to do is to keep expectations intact and not expect a film that will blow Raiders of the Lost Ark out of the water. It has no chance to beat that expectation, and the film will ultimately become a failure with that mindset. You have to look at this film as another one of the sequels, which isn't a knock at the The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade; on the contrary, they're great films, but this is the caliber you should expect from the fourth installment of a film that <more>
hasn't seen a new addition to the franchise since 1989.With this in mind, does the fourth Indiana Jones film succeed? The answer? An incredibly enthusiastic yes! After 19 years away, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford have recaptured that magic that has made the Indy trilogy so successful and added a worthy sequel that stands right in line with the two sequels. The little Indy quirks are here: the Paramount logo fading into a mountain-like object in the background, Jones's insane phobia of snakes, the flight paths on the background maps, and the numerous references to the first three films. However, and give George Lucas and screenwriter David Koepp a ton of credit for this, the film is not simply a tribute to the first three films, but an intriguing, fresh story that is unlike any of the other three. This isn't Rocky Balboa where we have the same general story but given a new spin on it. While some fans will be upset about the departure from the familiar, biblical territory the first ones covered, I found it to be great to see a new, original Indy flick instead of a rehashed homage to themes previously seen.Spielberg seems to have found that pitch perfect balance between action, humor, and humanity that made Raiders so special. This isn't a flat out comedy like Last Crusade seemingly was, though there is still plenty of humorous moments in this film surprisingly, very few jokes and gags actually fall flat . This isn't two hours of non-stop action, as the film does take its time to establish the plot, detail the archaeological quests, and let us remember why we fell in love with these characters in the first place. In fact, the scenes with Marion Ravenwood and Indy together are gold. Don't get me wrong; a lot of the action is a blast. The car chase scene in the jungle is a great piece of film-making, and the first scene with Mutt Williams and Indy leave a lasting impression. Great action doesn't have to come in newer, advanced looking CGI extravaganzas, as Spielberg proves that traditional action set pieces are still the most entertaining kind there is.Now, about the cast. The star is aging, the sidekick is from Even Stevens, Karen Allen hasn't been in a big movie in God knows how many years, and, for some reason, people were worried about Cate Blanchett in here role. Well, let me put the concerns to rest: the entire cast is established pitch-perfect chemistry and everybody plays their parts incredibly well. Harrison Ford is, for the first time in a decade, having the time of his life and it shows in his excellent return to the famed American icon. It's no secret that he has been campaigning for this movie for years, and it shows in his strong performance. Karen Allen shares fantastic chemistry with both Shia LaBeouf and Ford, as she provides a lot of the necessary charm to the second act of the film. Blanchett uses a heavily over-the-top Russian accent, but she finds just the right note between creepy and intriguing to make her the best Indy villain since Belloq in Raiders. Ray Winstone does well enough in his role, as does John Hurt and Jim Broadbent.The major surprise, however, is indeed Shia LaBeouf. For some strange reason, people actually thought this guy would be the Jar Jar Binks of the Indy series, and they couldn't be more wrong. Remember the outstanding chemistry between Sean Connery and Ford in The Last Crusade? The chemistry between LaBeouf and Ford rivals that. I've believe that he's been a very good actor for the past few years and one of the few redeeming factors of Transformers . He does a great job in this film. The entire cast is good.A strong story and great performances don't imply that this film isn't flawless. It isn't, but the flaws are few-and-far between and didn't hinder my overall enjoyment of the film. The first 20 minutes are somewhat slow; it takes a little while to get to Marshall College. These first twenty minute aren't necessarily boring; it is still entertaining, but it could have used probably 5 minutes of edits and pacing corrections. This is my biggest problem with the film, and once Indy returns to Marshall College, the film really kicks off and turns into the roller coaster ride that everyone has been hoping for.So, as you can see, I dug the film. I may have even loved it repeat viewings should ensure this . It is the Indy film that you've been waiting for since it was announced, and the creative trio have proved that, with the right care and intentions, you can bring an American icon back from the dead and still have him own the competition. Rip-offs like The DaVinci Code and the National Treasure series try to be like these films, but even the fourth installment of these wonderful franchise just towers over its impersonators. This film will go down as a very strong entry into the quartet and fall somewhere in the middle of the two sequels when all is said and done. The Indy film that you've been dreading? Not even close.Indiana Jones is back.
Don't listen to "self-proclaimed critics". Very Entertaining film. (by jediskippy)
Whether so-called Indiana Jones "purists" want to admit it or not this is an Indy film through and through. There are just several things you have to keep in mind as you watch this movie.1 This is Indiana Jones in the late 1950's not the 1930's. Fighting, weapons, mindsets, social atmospheres are way different in this decade.2 Just because Indy's not fighting Nazi's doesn't mean it's not a good film. This film is better than Temple of Doom and I think Temple of Doom is good.3 Indy is older too and they do a great job of showing his age both in his actions <more>
and in his dialog.4 Every Indy film requires that you believe something that is unbelievable; Ark still exists #1 , Man pulls heart out of person's chest and person still lives #2 , Knight living in cave for over 1,000 years just waiting for someone to show up #3 , Planet has been visited by aliens #4 . Out of the four the last is easy to believe.Bottom line: The film is fun, entertaining, the music is recognizable along with some new pieces, you will laugh and enjoy it. They do an excellent job of depicting the mindset of people in the 50's both young and old. I've seen it three times and every time the entire theater applauded at the end.Don't listen to complainers and critics who feel they are experts when all they do is go to movies looking for the things they don't like. Movies are meant to entertain us for a short while and take us to far away places and think about far away and unimaginable things. This movie does that.
Not quite as funny as The Last Crusade, but a much better movie that The Temple of Doom. A good roller coaster ride as far as the action goes. I'd read lots of bad reviews, but I really liked it. It will be interesting to see how long it takes me to stop humming the Indiana Jones theme. The special effects are excellent. Lots of fighting. There are only a few surprises, but probably the most fun was watching the characters interact with each other as the story unfolds. The fighting was good. Good sound, good photography. I thought it was interesting how they gave everything a soft, almost <more>
glowing look. I look forward to adding it to my collection.
"For an old guy, you ain't bad in a fight." (by Galina_movie_fan)
After twenty seven years since the Raiders of the Last Ark introduced the archaeologist and adventurer Henry "Indiana" Jones who divides his time between teaching the University students in a quiet auditorium and saving the world in the incredible dangerous and breathtaking adventures, and after nineteen years since his quest for Holy Grail in the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones is back - with his fedora, leather jacket, whip, grin, fear for snakes, and the new big adventure, spectacular, fast-paced, silly, funny, and jaw-dropping at the same time. Believe it or not, Indiana Jones and <more>
the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 is the first IJ movie that I've seen at the theater. They were not released in the former USSR that's probably why, Spielberg and Lucas made their bad guys Russians this time : and I saw the trilogy first in the end of the 1980s when the videotapes became available. The new movie is full of adventures, has not one but three fallings down of waterfalls and the huge attacking red ants. As in all Indy movies, there is a long and spectacular signature chase sequence, this time a multi-vehicle chase through the jungle with the heroes jumping on the full speed from one car to another, two characters engaged in the sword fight standing on the parallel moving jeeps, the Crystal Scull of the title falling back and forth from the good guys to the bad ones. The "baddest guy" here is the girl played by Cate Blanchette wearing the uniform not unlike Dr. Evil's and the black wig a-la Louise Brooks of "Pandora's Box" or Uma Thurman of "Pulp Fiction". She plays a Russian villainess, Dr. Irina Spalko, the lead researcher of psychic phenomenon and the supernatural. Blanchette is as good as ever proving that she can play successfully any role, including the one that requires a lot of physical actions. The fourth movie takes place in the different time than the first three, and it is set against the realities of the 50s: the beginning of cold war, the double agents, the talks about UFOs and aliens. One of the scenes, as remarkable as it is memorable, depicts a ground-level nuclear test in Nevada on the picturesque town that was built only to be destroyed after the drop of atomic bomb.The movie is beautiful - no surprise here, Janusz Kaminski, usual Spielberg's "partner in crime" was DOP for it. I just realized that it was the first Indiana Jones movie for Kaminski - the first three were shot by Douglas Slocombe. I liked the story and the acting by Ford. At 65, he is perhaps one of very few actors who could bring back to life beloved character and the years would not have power over him. I like a lot John Hurt as Professor 'Ox' Oxley - equally comical and moving as the scientist who was able to talk to the mysterious Crystal Skull and who kept the keys to its secrets. I am always glad to see Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent on the screen. No matter what nay-sayers think of it, I like the latest Indiana Jones movie and I was glad to see that "for an old guy", Dr. Jones is still good in a fight.
The Best Thing In This Movie Is Cate Blanchett's Sexy Ukrainian Villainess (by Chrysanthepop)
The problems with 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' are manifold and it certainly does not match up to it's predecessors. The film looks too artificial. What worked with the other movies was that, taking into account that they were made before the CGI boom, they looked real. Here the overuse of CGI and bluescreen grafting is painfully apparent. The story is a mess. It lacks coherency and there are too many uninteresting subplots. And, what was with the aliens? Does Spielberg harbour a secret obsession for UFOs? The pacing is slow at times and boring. The <more>
dialogues are not anything noteworthy and the action sequences, while some are fun to watch, others are plain bad and again, the prominent CGI stands in the way. With the exception of Cate Blanchett, none of the actors stand out, even Harrison Ford plays the clichéd hero. Shia LeBeouf is miscast. Ray Winstone is wasted and the rest are forgettable. Blanchett is barely recognizable as the sexy Ukrainian military villainess. She looks alluring and I her use of the accent is hilarious. She makes an awesome baddie which somewhat makes up for some of the flaws. Among the few other likable things about the movie is the chase sequence which features some well choreographed stunts. Overall, 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' disappoints and only Cate Blanchett makes up for some of the flaws.
No, it's not the best one out of the series but it's good quality entertainment on its own right. (by Boba_Fett1138)
Of course if this wasn't a Spielberg movie and this wasn't the longest most anticipated movie sequel of all time and if the Indiana Jones character was a completely new one to the world, very little people would complain about this movie and actually without doubt call it one of the most entertaining movies of this decade. But no, understandably so, expectations for this movie were high and Indiana Jones is part of many people's childhood and when expectations are high, movies very rarely satisfy completely.Of course I also grew up with the Indiana Jones franchise but I didn't <more>
expect from this movie to be just as good and entertaining as any of the previous 3 entries. It was probably because of this that I simply enjoyed this movie for what it was.And the movie of course is of very high quality. Not only visually with its effects and settings but also the stunts. It's true that at times the movie goes over-the-top with its action but lets say for 90% of the time the action is just as good and exciting as was the case in the previous Indiana Jones movies. Especially the jungle chase is right up there with the Nazi-desert fight out of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and truck chase from "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Also the cinematography by Janusz Kaminski is stunning and seems to suit the series very well. Yes, perhaps it's a bit too dark though in places but I think this has more to do with the overall atmosphere and story of the movie.Bit of a problem with the movie though is its nostalgic value. It can't stop making references to previous Indiana Jones entries which at times makes this movie feel like an homage to the good old days was something completely new and hot. I don't know, perhaps the cast and crew had a bit too much fun reliving the old days.Possibly the story of this movie is the leas interesting out of the 4 Indiana Jones movie. It doesn't mean it's all too bad though but it prevents the movie from being among the best or most entertaining ones out of the series. I was also a bit worried that there would be no Nazi's in this movie Nazi's in an Indiana Jones movie always a good movie but basically when you replace the commies with Nazi's and place this movie in the '40's instead of the '60's, you would still have the same movie, so it really isn't any problem or complained.Harrison Ford's age also isn't a problem. I mean, who wouldn't want to look like him like he does at the age of 65? It feels as if he never had been away and he still knows how to play and handle the character. The fact that Karen Allen also reprises her role from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is nice but it makes me wonder if it was truly necessary. After all, Indy always had a different girl in each movie. Perhaps it can be seen as an indication that Ford wouldn't return as Indy again and is back to the girl he loved the most and is going to retire with. There of course are also some fresh additions to the cast. Cate Blanchett plays a fine main villain and it makes me root for more female main villain roles in Hollywood movies. Shia LaBeouf once again shows why he is considered a great new Hollywood talent, who can already handle big Hollywood movies. Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent, among others, are other new additions and they are welcome ones.The movie shows that there is still lots of life and potential with the Indiana Jones franchise. I would say lets do one more movie with Harrison Ford and then pass on the whip and fedora to Shia LaBeouf for a whole new series of movies.8/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/