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Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull: 2blu

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
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Harrison Ford dusts off his infamous brown fedora for another Indiana Jones film, which is once again made by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The year is 1957, and Indy is on the run from a team of Russian spies led by a rapier-wielding Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett). The Russians want Indy to help them locate an ancient artefact that they believe can be used as the ultimate military weapon. Indy manages a narrow escape, and tries to return to his life as a professor of archaeology, but he soon bumps into a '50s greaser named Mutt (Shia LeBeouf). Mutt's mother, as well as one of Indy's longtime friends, have been captured somewhere in Peru. Mutt and Indy hop on a plane to the country, where they manage to track down both Mutt's mother, Marian (Karen Allen), and Professor Oxley (John Hurt), but they also find themselves surrounded by the same scheming Russians. The Russians have found the artefact they were seeking, but Indy now knows its secret and dangerous powers. With the help of Mutt, Marian, and Oxley, he races to return it to its rightful resting place. While a bit more grizzled than the last time we saw him cracking his whip in INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, Ford still manages to bring the right mix of humour and swagger to Indy. Longtime fans are sure to love the many inside jokes and nods to the previous films, as well as the reappearance of some favourite old characters. While CRYSTAL SKULL has the same exotic locales and wild chases of the earlier movies, it definitely sets itself apart with its heavy use of CGI. This fourth instalment of the Indy franchise is immensely enjoyable entertainment that contains some fun surprises along the way.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE
It's 1957 and part-time teacher/archaeologist/action hero Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is now a veteran of the second world war. After an initial run-in with murderous Russkies in the Nevada desert it's back to college for the ageing professor until youngster Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) approaches him with an intriguing tale. Mutt's mother and Ox (John Hurt) a friend of Indy's, have been captured in South America apparently searching for Eldorado, the lost city of gold. Armed with a Mayan parchment, his fedora and bullwhip, Indy is soon on a plane flying over a map of the world with the young hell-raiser in tow. Throw into the mix a legend of 13 crystal skulls, several car chases and a vicious femme fatale (Cate Blanchett) and you have a worthy addition to the Indiana Jones saga.

After Aliens, Predator and the Star Wars franchises were all ruined in the name of profit, I avoided Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for as long as I could bear to. I knew I'd see it eventually, it IS Indy after all. Fearing another Phantom Menace sized disappointment I sat down to watch it with an open mind, not expecting it to live up to the originals. So does it? Yes and no. The familiar template is here. A first act run in with some baddies, a trip back to college where Indy teaches part time and then an adventure presents itself leading to a trek across the world and a frantic final act. Harrison Ford is 65 now but he can definitely still cut it. It takes him about 20 minutes to get back into the wise cracking role but it has been almost twenty years since he last cracked the bull whip which shows at times as you would expect. The cast of Indy 4 is very impressive, Shia LeBeouf is excellent as Mutt and Cate Blanchett convincing as a villain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars We meet again Doctor Jones ! 24 May 2008
Harrison Ford just about pulls it off in what will surely by Indy's last adventure, and a good one it was too!

It's 1957 and the Cold War is chilling the USA. Our hero first makes his appearance being bundled out of a car at a secret forces base in the Nevada desert, having being kidnapped by Russian special agents. Led by mind expert Irana Spalko (Cate Blanchett), they are earching for the Crystal Skull of Akator and it's legendary powers. Some fancy whip work and shooting frees him from their clutches and those of his double crossing colleague, Mac (Ray Winstone) but it's out of the frying pan and into the fire when he finds himself in a nuclear testing site...on testing day. Luckily they built fridges to last in those days.....

Relieved of his college professorship after pressure from the commie-hunting FBI, Indy goes on his travels but is diverted by a young biker and wannabee Brando (Shia LeBeouf - Sam Witwicky from Transformers) with news of his kidnapped mother, Indy's jilted bride. The ubiquitous map and codes he carries hides the key to the location of the City of Gold and the untold legendary "riches" and so off our hero and new sidekick go. It soon transpires that our twosome have more in common than they first thought...

The action really hots up in the Peruvian jungle, where the skull is located in an old Mayan tomb but he is not the only person after it, with the local natives and the Russian agents trying to relieve him of it. Some of the set-pieces in the jungle are fantastic, particularly the killer ants and the secret of the skull and the City of Gold is revealed with "earth-shattering" results in the grand finale.

Whilst it's no Raiders, it is as good as the Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade with a very strong cast to boot.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great opportunity wasted. 8 Jun 2010
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
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I suspect we're all getting slightly weary of remakes, sequels and cinematic resurrections but films such as 'Die Hard 4' and 'Rambo' proved that it is possible to recapture the atmosphere which made the originals so compelling. And no character was more deserving of a return to prominence than the greatest action hero of all time; Indiana Jones ("You call him 'Doctor Jones', doll!").

The tragedy of this film is that its three principle contributors have lost the talents which made them so great in the original Indy trilogy. The normally impecable Stephen Spielberg has turned out a few disappointments in recent years ('War of the Worlds' being the worst offender), George Lucas has become so lost in his fascination for CGI that he's lost his storytelling vision (see the Star Wars prequels) and Harrison Ford simply got too old to be a convincing action hero.

Where things could have been turned around was the addition of endearing supporting characters for, after all, what would the original trilogy have been without the likes of Sallah and Short Round? Sadly, each of the supporting characters falls short of filling their roles. Shia LeBeouf is badly miscast as Mutt Williams (see, he's named after the dog too) and the character himself totally fails to stand up to his professed role as Indy's successor. Ray Winstone (who've I've always thought overrated anyway - he only seems capable of playing Ray Winstone) is about as convincing as a cardboard cutout and, similarly, the prodigious talents of John Hurt are totally hidden. Don't even get me started on Cate Blanchett's singularly ridiculous Russian psychic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good film...bit dated now but it was from 2008
Published 1 month ago by M. S. Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Alan Jewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
thought i had seen all the indiana jones film then seen this in amazone so ordered it enjoyed the film plus you get the extra dvd of them making the film
Published 1 month ago by joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie a bit old now but still good fun for the whole family a lot of fun came in time
Published 2 months ago by Dominic W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars great plot
This was well acted, had a good plot and excellent special effects, love Harrison Fords dry humour that he brings to the role
Published 3 months ago by twoworldly
3.0 out of 5 stars Never recieved it.
Maybe my Postman/Postal Worker/Shop Worker/Shame/God/Natural Selection in action - made me not recieve this on purpose,
keeping me from owning/housing a travesty of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by killersuzuki
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected.
I heard (and read) a lot of bad things about this movie,but to be honest,i think it's pretty good.An action movie with bad guys (Russians as opposed to Nazis this time),romance(an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mrdubyadee
3.0 out of 5 stars Dance on your own time...
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Indiana Jones movie but still fun
As most people would agree this is not in the same league as Raiders or Last Crusade but there is still enough of the original Indiana Jones fun to make this worth owning.
Published 5 months ago by Mr Stuart Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the film
Bit of a mixed reaction in our family, some loved it others found it a little corny. It was entertaining, the special effects were memorable, slightly yeugh in parts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. J. Stone
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