Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

In a word - Shameful - Stevo

10 Points

Viewer Rating:Stevo has rated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull rating: 1 Star

I am huge fan of the first three Indiana Jones movies, I have the box set on DVD and Radiers of the Lost Ark was the first film I ever saw in a cinema as a kid. So I was really hyped up when I heard a fourth installment was on cards. Unfortunately this film was without a shadow of a doubt the biggest Turkey I watched last year. Even from the beginning of the movie I felt that something was off (I got a similiar feeling when I saw Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). The film begins in the 1950's with an army base, along the lines of area 52, being very easily raided by Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) and her band of Russian soldiers. Indiana (Ford) & Mac (Winstone) are forced to help them find an artifact in a warehouse. Later on Indiana makes his escapes from the base, which turns out to be a Nuclear testing facility in the most ridiculous of ways (you have to suspend disbelief so many times during this movie). Following this Indy teams up with the terribly named Mutt (Lebeouf) for reasons I didnt care about and they go to South America looking for a crystal skull and so the adventure begins...although I really wish it didnt. There were so many things that just sucked about this film that if I were to name them all I would be typing till my fingers hurt and I'm not prepared to do that! However some stinkers include Shia Lebeouf swinging through the jungle with a ton of CGI monkeys, shocking dialogue, camp over the top performances, a silly sword fight between two people standing on fast moving jeeps and a CGI killer ant army. The ending is one of the worst I have ever seen in a movie (I knew should have stopped watching the film halfway through). One major thing that I found lacking was the humor. The first three films never failed to produce a few chuckles however during the Crystal Skull I didnt laugh once. Well except at the end of the movie but I was laughing at it, not with it. The writing is very poor and I really think George Lucas is well past his best at this stage of the game. If I could I would give this movie 0 stars, it really is that bad. I truly hope that they dont make any more Indiana Jones films if this is the best Hollywood can produce.

Review published on the 14 May 2009 10:16

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