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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

 -  Action | Adventure  -  22 May 2008 (USA)
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Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

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During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Harold Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, to Peru. With Oxley's code, they find a legendary skull made of a single piece of quartz. If Jones can deliver the skull to its rightful place, all may be well; but if Irina takes it to its origin, she'll gain powers that could endanger the West. Aging professor and young buck join forces with a woman from Jones's past to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images | See all certifications »

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22 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures  »

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$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£12,227,799 (UK) (23 May 2008)

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$317,011,114 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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M. Night Shyamalan and Tom Stoppard were each asked to pen a draft of the screenplay. See more »

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Indy says that the Nazcas elongated their skulls to imitate their gods. Actually the Nazcas didn't do that. The Paracas, a culture that existed in the same location but before the Nazcas, did, but for aristocratic reasons. See more »

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Mutt Williams: [Irinka Spalko holds sword up to Mutt's neck] Whoa! Whoa, whoa.Wait, wait, wait. Stop, stop, stop.
[grabs comb out of pocket and combs hair]
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Worse than Mission to Mars
4 June 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was bored. My wife was bored. We were both Indy fans, and were really eager to see this film. Unfortunately, this was the biggest letdown since "Mission to Mars", which had a stronger script and much better cinematography, and that was still a yawn.

This film is akin to suffering through watching someone over-the-shoulder play an early-'80s Japanese video-game, only in that scenario, you at least want to have a try at the game.

The dialogue was weak, the action was filmed mostly in front of a green-screen, which may be why the acting seemed flat. There was no passion or chemistry between the actors, little character development, and an entire history of Indiana's wife and child are explained in a single argument that lasts an intolerable 10 minutes.

Within seconds of the argument being over but unresolved, they are suddenly and inexplicably best friends again.

Indy's wife also seemed strangely happy and disconnected from the reality of life-threatening situations. Since this was the 1950's, it is impossible that she was on Lorazepam.

There is the cliché quicksand scene, and if you look real closely, it seems they wearing a burlap bag when they are extracted. Their clothes aren't even dirty or wrinkled. Amazing.

And then there is the classic Spielberg-ish "cutesy" groundhogs and monkeys that are fine for the kids, but are distracting and annoying.

Ultimately, I cannot feel that I can "believe" this film, which is a shame, because I really wanted to get into it.

Go see this film with the kids, because it is more of a cartoon for them. If you are a fan of the first three, you will be disappointed.


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