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Sunday, May 25, 2008

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

Indiana (Harrison Ford) is forced to find a box that is hidden in a U.S. facility by a group of Russian soldiers, headed up by Dr. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett). The box holds a corpse that appears to be from out of this world. Indiana at first attempts an escape that is foiled by Mac (Ray Winstone), whom he thought was his friend. The professor is not stalled for long, and he manages to get away, even getting out of being harmed by a bomb dropped on a nuclear test site. Unfortunately, this puts Indiana under suspicion of being in cahoots with Communism. It's 1957, and anti-Communist sentiment is high.

Indiana is forced to take a leave from absence from his professor's position. On the way out of town, he meets Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), a young man who needs a favor. A professor friend of his, Oxnard (John Hurt) has been kidnapped. When Mutt's mom went to find him, she ended up in trouble, too. Oxnard was in search of the Crystal Skull, which is rumored to have great powers. Mutt shows Indiana a letter of what Oxnard had found so far. Indiana and Mutt travel to Peru, where they encounter a lot of dangerous situations, as Dr. Spalko stays on their trail. Indiana is surprised to find Mutt's mom is Marion (Karen Allen), a former girlfriend who was introduced in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

This film is not as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark, but it's not the weak entry in the series that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was. It has flashes of what made people admire Indiana Jones, and Mutt is not a bad sidekick.

Shia LaBeouf was in Transformers (2007). Ms. Allen was in Animal House (1978) and Scrooged (1988). Ford has been in many movies including American Graffiti (1973).

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