Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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.

2008123 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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Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

The first time I had contact with Indiana Jones was in 1993 when I taped the Friday Night Movie on TV2 and watched it first thing on Saturday morning. It was The Last Crusade, and I loved it. I immediately became interested in archaeology, or at least the idea of archaeology. I went to my school library, got out a book on ancient treasures and read it from cover to cover. Later that year I watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It was creepy, with all that ripping out of hearts. I loved the minecart chase and the rope-bridge climax. Raiders of the Lost Ark came soon after that, capping the trilogy for me in reverse order. And there was even the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

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.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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.

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Newshub

Newshub

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch 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.

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