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

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


Harrison Ford
Cate Blanchett
Karen Allen
Ray Winstone
John Hurt

Directed by Steven Spielberg

One thing I know after seeing this movie is that, I will forever be grateful to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for the first trilogy in this franchise.
I’m not saying this was a bad movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is an interesting film and the fight scenes (although quite lengthy) were good enough and very entertaining, but the franchise should have been left alone after Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989).

The movie is plagued with fantastic acting and portrayals that will make up for the dial down Indy in this movie.
In 1957, Indy and his partner Mac are kidnapped by the Soviets and with them the Soviets infiltrate a warehouse labeled Warehouse 51. Together they locate a mummified corpse recovered from a crash site and before Jones could work up an escape as he does, he discovers that Mac is a double agent working for the Soviets. Jones later escapes with the help of a fridge (you must watch to understand).

In Jones present time he is approached by a young man named Mutt, who tells him that Jones friend Harold Oxley found a crystal skull in Peru and suffered a mental breakdown. Mutt also informs Jones that his mum and Oxley have been held captive in Peru.

Upon getting to Peru they get captured and Jones meet the person in charge of him and his friends capture, Colonel Dr. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett). You have to watch the whole movie to discover what the Crystal Skull is and why the Soviets want it and what they wanted to do with it.

The movie didn’t have all it took to outshine the others even thought it had more help in the creation of effects thanks to the fact that CGI is more effective in the 21st century than it was in the 20th.
But When it comes to acting, seeing Harrison Ford back as Indiana Jones was great, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone and John Hurt also delivered outstanding performances. Although, seeing Shia LeBeouf as a son of Indiana Jones, not so great. I feel the weight of the name Indiana Jones is too much for him to carry.
The first two Indiana Jones movies [Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The Temple of Doom (1984)], were the best in the franchise and this forth movie was not that awesome compared to them.
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a huge financial success and since Disney now owns Lucasfilm ltd, be ready for a sequel because Disney is not one to let a financially successful movie rest until there is no juice left in it.


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