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


The fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series sees Indiana competing against Soviet agents to uncover the secret behind crystal skulls found in South America.  It is very similar to the previous three movies, but with even more action.  Sometimes more is less, and in this case, the plot and character development suffered.

Indiana would say something like "In Incan, yada yada means river, but river really means snake, and snake when spelled backwards gives us..."  But nobody cared about any of these plot details.  We were all just catching our breath for the next special effects roller coaster ride.  That's a bit of a shame, because we just did not care very much about what item he was looking for or why he had to find it before the Soviets.

  


On the plus side, this two hour movie seemed like twenty minutes.  I don't remember anything except the movie and it seemed like we had just sat down and then we were leaving again.
        
I would caution against bringing young toddlers.  When giant ants devoured two men while they were still alive, a toddler started screaming and had to be removed from the theatre.  (I was oblivious, but my wife told me about this afterward.)

   


There was a bit of anti-father stereotyping, but certainly no more than we have come to expect from the media.  It was also refreshing to see a female villain.  She reminds me exactly of a former coworker, including the accent, so that seemed very realistic.

You will have to suspend your disbelief during many scenes, but it is all in good fun.

  
 

Not quite as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark, but it is another wild ride that is definitely worth seeing.  It is great to see Karen Allen back as Marion Ravenwood.  The ending is heartwarming and will leave you with a smile on your face.
                             - Reviewed by: Paul G.

Rated: PG13 in USA, 12A in UK, PG in Canada due to adventure violence and scary images.
Duration: 2 hours and 4 minutes
   
 
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