Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

At the height of the Cold War in 1957, the now quiet archaeologist Henry Jones Jr. (a.k.a. Indiana) is thrust back into danger. The signature dotted red line tracing across the map will take him to New Mexico, Connecticut, Mexico City and the jungles of Peru on a quest for a South American relic with supernatural powers – the Crystal Skull.

He’s racing alongside young rebel Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) and former flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) for the prize against operatives from the Soviet Union, including Cate Blanchett as the seductive Agent Spalko, and Ray Winstone as an unethical rival archaeologist. Some say the skulls themselves are shaped by extraterrestrial powers.

2008Rating: M, Medium Level Violence123 minsUSA
ActionAdventure
Director:
Steven Spielberg ('Raiders Of The Lost Ark', 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', 'Jaws', 'Schindler's List', 'Catch Me If You Can' etc)
Writer:
David Koepp
Cast:
Harrison FordShia LaBeoufCate BlanchettRay WinstoneJim BroadbentKaren AllenJohn Hurt
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Reviews & comments

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Indiana Jones' fourth adventure is as rip roaring as we would expect, dotted with little jokey bits and a dash of Close Encounters of the Third Kind kind of thing... The first two Indiana Jones films are still the best, but Spielberg meets most of our expectations.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

As it turns out, it's not whether Harrison Ford is too old to be cracking the whip.

Playing the movies' greatest archaeologist-adventurer 19 years after his supposed "Last" Crusade, Ford might be ancient. But he's hardly a ruin. Sure his timing on the occasional punchline might be off but the hat still fits.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

A wee flat patch in the middle, and a Tarzan moment best left on the editing room floor took the shine off it a little, but otherwise, welcome back Indy.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Director Steven Spielberg seems intent on celebrating his entire early career here. Whatever the story there is, a vague journey to return a spectacular archeological find to its rightful home -- an unusual goal of the old grave-robber, you must admit -- gets swamped in a sea of stunts and CGI that are relentless as the scenes and character relationships are charmless.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A slick, fun film that has by no means sacrificed the fast action beats of the first three.

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

It's not a great movie, but it ticks all the boxes for Indy fans. It's one last chance to enjoy the world's favourite relic-seeking archaeologist before he, himself, becomes a relic.

3.0
0

Sure it make have a bit unrealistic parts in it, but he is INDIANA JONES, hes an action hero, basically invincible. To understand the ending, you need to think about it. Most people just go, What? Thats a bloody stupid ending then forget about it, however, since when would a Crystal Skull NOT be alien-like? I think people just need to stop going on about...

5.0
0

Sure it make have a bit unrealistic parts in it, but he is INDIANA JONES, hes an action hero, basically invincible. To understand the ending, you need to think about it. Most people just go, What? Thats a bloody stupid ending then forget about it, however, since when would a Crystal Skull NOT be alien-like? I think people just need to stop going on about...

5.0
0

The first half of the fourth instalment is quite good. The typical deepening mystery is handled well, as is the snappy dialogue between the two rough-edged leads. Then we descend into morbid cartoon nonsense as poor over-the-top CGI (I swear that technology has only worsened since Spielberg gave us the solid effort of Jurassic Park a dozen or so years...

3.0
0

I must admit, i was rather excited about this one. Unfortunately, i may have set my expectations too high. I would definitely say enjoyable, just not great, so only 3 stars for me (time to go and see Iron Man again, that will cheer me up) :)

3.0
0

I personally enjoyed this film althought some parts were wholy unnecessary and silly. Cate Blanchett and Harrison ford did really well. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants a bit of a laugh.

4.0
0

I for one enjoyed it especially watching it with my kids. Whats all this fuss about disbelief, for Pete's sake its an Indiana Jones movie, its supposed to have a air of disbelief in it. What about the others - ark of the covenant, holy grail, pulling hearts from peoples chests etc etc. Its good escapism and a good action adventure romp, your not going to...

3.0
0

The big problem with movie watching these days, is the budgets some movies have for advertising. This is one of them, it was not really as good as the talk. There are a lot of low budget movies that you don't hear about, with a lot less special effects that are a far better watch. Harrison Ford was good, but Indy should go into retirement.

3.0
0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Indiana Jones' fourth adventure is as rip roaring as we would expect, dotted with little jokey bits and a dash of Close Encounters of the Third Kind kind of thing... The first two Indiana Jones films are still the best, but Spielberg meets most of our expectations.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

As it turns out, it's not whether Harrison Ford is too old to be cracking the whip.

Playing the movies' greatest archaeologist-adventurer 19 years after his supposed "Last" Crusade, Ford might be ancient. But he's hardly a ruin. Sure his timing on the occasional punchline might be off but the hat still fits.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

A wee flat patch in the middle, and a Tarzan moment best left on the editing room floor took the shine off it a little, but otherwise, welcome back Indy.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Director Steven Spielberg seems intent on celebrating his entire early career here. Whatever the story there is, a vague journey to return a spectacular archeological find to its rightful home -- an unusual goal of the old grave-robber, you must admit -- gets swamped in a sea of stunts and CGI that are relentless as the scenes and character relationships are charmless.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A slick, fun film that has by no means sacrificed the fast action beats of the first three.

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

It's not a great movie, but it ticks all the boxes for Indy fans. It's one last chance to enjoy the world's favourite relic-seeking archaeologist before he, himself, becomes a relic.

3.0
0

Sure it make have a bit unrealistic parts in it, but he is INDIANA JONES, hes an action hero, basically invincible. To understand the ending, you need to think about it. Most people just go, What? Thats a bloody stupid ending then forget about it, however, since when would a Crystal Skull NOT be alien-like? I think people just need to stop going on about...

5.0
0

Sure it make have a bit unrealistic parts in it, but he is INDIANA JONES, hes an action hero, basically invincible. To understand the ending, you need to think about it. Most people just go, What? Thats a bloody stupid ending then forget about it, however, since when would a Crystal Skull NOT be alien-like? I think people just need to stop going on about...

5.0
0

The first half of the fourth instalment is quite good. The typical deepening mystery is handled well, as is the snappy dialogue between the two rough-edged leads. Then we descend into morbid cartoon nonsense as poor over-the-top CGI (I swear that technology has only worsened since Spielberg gave us the solid effort of Jurassic Park a dozen or so years...

3.0
0

I must admit, i was rather excited about this one. Unfortunately, i may have set my expectations too high. I would definitely say enjoyable, just not great, so only 3 stars for me (time to go and see Iron Man again, that will cheer me up) :)

3.0
0

I personally enjoyed this film althought some parts were wholy unnecessary and silly. Cate Blanchett and Harrison ford did really well. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants a bit of a laugh.

4.0
0

I for one enjoyed it especially watching it with my kids. Whats all this fuss about disbelief, for Pete's sake its an Indiana Jones movie, its supposed to have a air of disbelief in it. What about the others - ark of the covenant, holy grail, pulling hearts from peoples chests etc etc. Its good escapism and a good action adventure romp, your not going...

3.0
0

The big problem with movie watching these days, is the budgets some movies have for advertising. This is one of them, it was not really as good as the talk. There are a lot of low budget movies that you don't hear about, with a lot less special effects that are a far better watch. Harrison Ford was good, but Indy should go into retirement.

3.0
0