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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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

May. 22,2008
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Set during the Cold War, the Soviets—led by sword-wielding Irina Spalko—are in search of a crystal skull which has supernatural powers related to a mystical Lost City of Gold. Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young man whose friend—and Indy's colleague—Professor Oxley has been captured for his knowledge of the skull's whereabouts.


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Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!


a film so unique, intoxicating and bizarre that it not only demands another viewing, but is also forgivable as a satirical comedy where the jokes eventually take the back seat.

Neive Bellamy

Excellent and certainly provocative... If nothing else, the film is a real conversation starter.


It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.


I was extremely excited to hear about this film, as The Indiana Jones series had been such a massive part of my childhood, and then I went to the theatre to see it.........Well, first of all Indy just is getting on isn't he? Harrison Ford is no longer quite as swashbuckling as we remember, and although it's good to know the best of us all get old eventually, it was a tad disconcerting to see him in such a way.As for the film itself, the plot was a bit harder to swallow than previous Indy films, as most of them had a degree of reality to them, so the suspension of disbelief was not so hard to come by, but this one might have pushed the limits a wee bit too far for me personally.There were some terrific action sequences, some amazing effects and scenes, but to try and compare this film to the other three in the series, it just doesn't hold up! Thanks for reading!


People hated on this movie for for very unconvincing reasons. So don't listen to all the hate reviews and see it for yourself. I loved this movie and thought the topic was very interesting!


Though these thoughts are nothing relating to this laugh of a film. I fully attribute this movie to be so damn boring that it caused me to have and existential realization I am a lesbian and that the guy I was with was absolutely of zero interest to me and the thought of the whole date movie moves were making me nervous. Thankfully he didn't so much as even want to hold hands, let alone kiss like the idiot teens we were so clichély do. I also think it was boring enough to let everyone have their minds wander and have realizations like I did. I sure know the guy I was with did, he's gay now too. So thanks to the absolute absurdity and mind-numbing moments of my life this movie took away I can say I at least came out with a new understanding of myself. That I'm gay and this movie sucks more than my ex now. Good day.


After a two-year-break from directing following up his arguably best movie "Munich" (2005) in terms of daring the utmost controversial theme surrounding an Hebrew death squad on an international assassination streak as retaliation of a race-inflicted massacre at 1972 Olympic Games, Steven Spielberg returns to his roots with an overlong-awaited fourth adventure of the character of Indiana Jones, created by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman at the end of 1970s, in the Hollywood event movie "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull".Utilizing no references from graphic novels or contents of international comics, the movie had become a gentle contender in May 2008 for the emerging Marvel empire with first installment of "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau to second-career coming of actor Robert Downey Jr. after a 10 year struggle of addiction and low-profile role playing. Director Steven Spielberg, backed up by his 25-year-plus collaboration producing partners Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to fight off the competitive battle for the U.S. domestic audience, which worked out due to a three-week separation window from the Marvel Phase 1 movie.Nevertheless, the collaborators encircling Steven Spielberg as trademark of a director had to witness that the landscape of high-end budgeted Hollywood movies were about to change forever after. Actor Harrison Ford still holding the torch since the summer of 1981 of having created an on-screen iconic character, which has been connected to his acting career ever since not harming his occasionally diverse performances as the character of Rozat "Rusty" Sabich in Alan J. Pakula directed "Presumed Innocent" (1990).The fourth time around in 27 years through cinematic landscape as Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford receives two challenging actors to his journey to South America to retrieve the title given artifact and encounters extra-terrestrial powers in Amazon rain-forest of Peru, on the one side Cate Blanchett, as power-addicted Russian military executive Irina Spalko, able to strap Indy to a chair under hypnosis dropping the infamous punchline on Indy's question, "Do you always get what you want?", she replies without even honor him with a look, "I usually do!"; on the other side fresh-out of Michael Bay's establishing "Transformers" boot-camp, actor Shia LaBeouf, seemingly had to have a ball under Steven Spielberg's care-taking directorial approach, which led him to an homage on Marlon Brando's leading character in "The Wild One" (1953) without taking himself to seriously to fall into a trap of the need to exceed an the unrepeatable character of Johnny Strabler.With his cast in safe-keeping play-mood, Director Steven Spielberg ignites a festival of a wholesome orchestra of every cinematic ingredient given from Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski utilizing Arriflex 235/435 with Panavision Primos to computer-generated imagery by George Lucas' special effects company, established in May 1975 just before pre-production to the very first "Star Wars" movie, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the director gathers in his 35-year-plus career as an Director for Life all his knowledge on movie-making into "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" that it still keeping up after 9 years on an occasional revisit as joyful, comic-madness challenging entertainment movie; which leaves me only left to wish for the already announced fifth installment finally to be the 1990s LucasArts adventure game adaptation of "The Fate of Atlantis" in a film noir environmental setting with less 185 Million U.S. Dollar justifying action sequences and more Hitchcockian suspense. © 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)