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Professor Jones finds things are really bad at Marshall College. His friend and dean of the college tells him the government has put pressure on the university to fire him. As Indy leaves town, a young Mutt as his help in finding one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history. As Indy and Mutt set out for Peru, they quickly realize they are not along in their search.
Adventure - As with the classic original trilogy, this is an old-fashioned
action/adventure film in the vein of old time adventure serials.
While there is a bit of modern computer effects, this is squarely in
the vein of the original films from the '80s, with lots of stunts and
thrills though this time the story goes a bit more science fiction.
Fans of Harrison Ford will not be disappointed, and fans of the
character will enjoy the return of Karen Allen. Cate Blanchett and
Shia LaBeouf fans may be disappointed by their squarely supporting roles.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull can't be seen as anything other than a very minor chapter in the adventures of one of cinema's most beloved action heroes and a disappointment for those who have waited patiently for his return. ...even considering the poor focus of the screenplay and the lackluster nature of Spielberg's normally sure-handed direction, it's as tough to dislike this movie as it is to champion it. That's because, while nearly everything around him has changed, Ford has no trouble sliding back into the costume and character.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Say it aloud. The very title causes the pulse to quicken, if you, like me, are a lover of pulp fiction. What I want is goofy action--lots of it. I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average ...even with the ponderous dialogue, it's hard not to have fun on this adventure, and it's good to see that Indy, though slightly weary, still has the goods. The stunts and special effects are spectacular, as one would expect from director Steven Spielberg.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 204 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They Loved "Indiana Jones."
TEENS:Great Reviews From Teens! Most loved it. Just a few rated it only "Fair."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:All the females loved it. Almost all the males rated it very high. Only a few rated it as low as "Good/Average."
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS! Both males and females loved "The Crystal Skull." As usual, with adult reviews, there were a few who only rated it as "Good/Average," which is a bit low, but certainly not bad.
This newest adventure begins in the desert Southwest in 1957 – the height
of the Cold War. Indy and his sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) have barely escaped
a close scrape with nefarious Soviet agents on a remote airfield.
Now, Professor Jones has returned home to Marshall College – only to
find things have gone from bad to worse. His close friend and dean of the
college (Jim Broadbent) explains that Indy's recent activities have made him the
object of suspicion, and that the government has put pressure on the university
to fire him. On his way out of town, Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia
LaBeouf), who carries both a grudge and a proposition for the adventurous
archaeologist: If he'll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy
could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history
– the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and
But as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru – a land
of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold – they quickly
realize they are not alone in their search. The Soviet agents are also hot on the
trail of the Crystal Skull. Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful
Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for
the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the
world ... if they can unlock its secrets.
Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an
impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable
motives, and, above all, stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the
deadliest of hands.