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

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Famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. 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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Storyline

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' 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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Budget:

$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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Trivia

Andrew Divoff, who is of Russian ancestry, also appeared in The Hunt for Red October (1990), opposite Indiana's father Sir Sean Connery. The sequels, of course, would feature Harrison Ford. Divoff also appears in Air Force One (1997) with Ford. See more »

Goofs

What appears to be the Aztec "Sun-Stone" occurs in both the pivot-platform in the underground cemetery and later as the floor in the temple. This iconograph is particular to the Aztecs (and by association the Mayans), and is specific to Central America (Mexico and Belize) between about 900-1500 CE; it is culturally, geographically (separate continent), and temporally inappropriate to the supposed story-line. Much as I love them, sorry, this is what happens when an archaeologist critiques Indie films :) See more »

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Mutt Williams: [Landing in duck boat after retrieving skull from Irina, looks at Indy] Whoa.
Indiana Jones: [Smiles back at mutt] Whoa.
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Indiana Jones: WHOA!
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Crazy Credits

The movie begins with the Lucasfilm logo, followed by the 1954 Paramount "VistaVision" logo (with the text "PARAMOUNT" instead of "A PARAMOUNT PICTURE" and "A Viacom Company" instead of "A Gulf+Western Company" below "PARAMOUNT"). Gulf+Western became Paramount Communications in 1989, then merged with Viacom in 1994. The Paramount logo then dissolves into a gopher mound. (The static version of the current Paramount logo is seen at the end of the movie.) See more »

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Maja Galobuschka
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Arranged by Ivan Nesterow, Nicolai Malinow, and Mischa Taschenkow
Performed by Balalaika-Ensemble Wolga
Courtesy of ARC Music Productions International Limited
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Why would I give this 10?
20 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I guess being some 19 years odd in the waiting, if not the making, this was a movie bound to be a let down. Yet somehow, despite this - and being a fourth movie(!) in a series - it wasn't. Yes, some of the acting was sketchy... and perhaps (for better or for worse) played with sheer joy of revisiting a role rather than a tight grip on a character (I'm thinking Karen Allen here). But you know what, her performance worked. All the performances worked. Some were better than others... but the characters worked. The adventure and escapism - despite some all-but-lifted ideas now and then - worked. The mere fact someone could make such naive escapism work *at all* for an... ahem... now much older audience, is remarkable in itself.

So yes, the CGI in this movie, and many others, is probably motivated by the industry machine and keeping down of costs... and not look... I'd imagine. And yes, the frequency of use and choices made for CGI bugged me - but you know what, I got over that too. This movie was long overdue, totally ridiculous and thoroughly entertaining. Well worth a watch - for the 'fridge scene' alone! I'll say no more.


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