Sunday, May 25, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – A Movie Review



Rated: PG-13 for adventure, violence, and scary images

This is the fun film of the summer – one that you won’t want to miss. It has been nineteen years since we last saw him, but Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) hasn’t lost his touch – a bit grayer – he is as handsome, daring, and as adventurous as he ever was.

When we last saw Indiana Jones on screen, it was 1938, and the world stood on the brink of war as Dr. Jones chased down evildoers to find the Holy Grail. Nineteen years have passed -- Indy's enemies are now the Communists and his struggle is once again to ensure that a precious, mysterious object remains safe from those bent on destroying humanity. Set in 1957, during the peak of the Cold War, this fourth film in the Indiana Jones film series pits an older and wiser Indiana Jones against Soviet agents in the search for a crystal skull.

Indiana and his sidekick Mac McHale (Ray Winstone) are taken to a huge warehouse by the Soviet villainess Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) to find a crate he viewed years ago. The contents of the crate are hyper-magnetic and the crate reveals itself after Indy throws handfuls of gun powder into the air.

Managing to escape from the Russians, Indy meets up with Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf), a handsome young biker whose mother and surrogate father have been kidnapped by the Communists. The surrogate father is Professor Oxley (John Hurt), a professional colleague of Indy's and Mutt's mother is Marion, whom Indy later discovers is Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), his former flame from "Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

In the quest for the crystal skull, Mutt and Indy end up traveling to South America where they experience the most incredible adventures involving: man-eating red ants, sword fights between two people on the back of speeding jeeps, cliff diving in a car, and more. If you’re like me, you love this kind of action – it is so utterly ridiculous and so much fun!

This film exhilarated and exhausted me at the same time. If you want your spirits lifted and want to laugh out loud, see this film. It will certainly do the trick.

My Rating: A -

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