Leather jacket. Bullwhip. These are the necessary accoutrements for Dr.
Henry ‘Indiana' Jones jr. to get the job done. A professor of history
and archaeology, Dr. Jones has spent his entire life in pursuit of
ancient relics. He's an expert on the occult, an obtainer of rare
antiquities - but above all, Indiana Jones is the essence of adventure.
"Indiana Jones" picture is all about exotic locales, crawling through
subterranean caverns seeking out golden idols and other ancient
artifacts. Since his first appearance on the silver screen in 1981 with
"Raiders of the Lost Ark," We've seen Indy in search of the Ark of the
Covenant, navigate the crypts of the Temple of Doom, and uncover the
secrets of the Holy Grail. And while those past installments were
homage to the Saturday afternoon serials of the ‘30s and ‘40s, Indy's
latest adventure takes us into unknown territory - the atomic age.
in 1957, "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" picks up 19 years after
"The Last Crusade", and Indiana Jones is well into his ‘60s. Since his
last outing, World War II came and went and Indy's most-reliable
enemies, those power-hungry Nazis, were vanquished.
is fighting a whole new war, the Cold War, and lucky for us there are
new enemies for Indy to contend with - the communists. Colonel-Doctor
Irina Spalko, a despotic femme fatale played by Cate Blanchett, plans
to infiltrate a top-secret U.S. government hangar in Nevada.
we're at it, Spalko has captured Indiana Jones and intends to use his
knowledge to find a particular crateful of contents. I won't tell you
what it is, but the contents of this crate are ultra-magnetic, and its
location is easily betrayed after Indy throws some gunpowder into the
After leading Spalko and her men to this mysterious crate,
an inspiring action sequence breaks out full of shoot-outs and
whip-cracks. Jones creates a diversion and eventually escapes into the
desert. When our favorite archaeologist returns to his university, he
is offered a leave of absence to avoid being fired because of an FBI
investigation involving his association with communists.
prepares to leave, Jones runs into a greaser named Mutt Williams (Shia
LaBeouf) who reveals that Indy's old colleague, Harold Oxley (John
Hurt), has disappeared after searching for a crystal skull in Peru.
Much like the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail, The crystal skulls
are mythic artifacts. These skulls are often attributed to the Aztec or
Maya civilizations and are believed to contain supernatural powers.
now that we have our quest and the principle characters all set, Indy
and his sidekick Mutt must journey to Peru to piece together the puzzle
left by Oxley. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a fabled golden city,
holds the key - and now it's a race to the prize between Indy and the
Quite simply, I loved this film as I have loved every
"Indiana Jones" picture. Director Steven Spielberg and creator George
Lucas have managed to surprise me with a constant salvo of spectacles
and awe-inspiring action sequences.
As a Kid I was fascinated
with Area 51, the Roswell incident and the Nazca lines - and now to
wrap up all those childhood fascinations with the myth of the crystal
skulls is quite a pleasure for me to experience. I sat like a wide-eyed
child in the theater, with a huge goofy grin on my face for the
duration of the film - and I will let that reflect my rating.
an "Indiana Jones" film, what good does it do to compare one to the
other? In the end they are all entertaining and to critically analyze
them is to completely deprive yourself of the fun and excitement they
offer. I thought long and hard about this review, and the number of
balled-up sheets of notebook paper in my trash reflect the frustration
I had in trying to critically review this film. I thought back to being
a kid and pondered what made me love Indiana Jones to begin with. Was
it the acting or the cinematography? Was it a flawless script or
supreme direction? No. It was pure, unbridled fun - and that's all Indy
has ever been - unashamed to be nothing more than a popcorn flick.
for one love man-eating ants and spectacular jeep chases through the
jungle. I love the pure essence of campy fun combined with vine
swinging and whip cracking. Is it the best? Far from it - but it's a
welcome addition to the adventures of Indiana Jones. If there's another
expedition up Indy's sleeve, I'm more than willing to go with him.